Whether it was a deliberate attempt on part of Samsung to kick up media frenzy or an accidental slip, the fact is we know what Samsung will be carrying over to Berlin, where the IFA gets underway at the beginning of next month. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 has aroused interest for tablet lovers since at least we know it’s going to be a tablet PC with a 7.7 inch display. However, the image that has surfaced, presumed to be of the upcoming tablet, has also aroused a bit of suspicion.
First off, while the tablet does look to be slightly bigger than the original Galaxy Tab, what has led many to doubt the authenticity of the images is the presence of typical Android buttons built along the side bezel. If these persist in the production version, then it means the operating system used will be Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which again is highly unlikely. More so after the emergence of Android 3.2 Honeycomb that suits 7 inch sized tablet PCs while we look forward to Android Ice Cream. Developing a new tablet running an older version of Android is too far stretched.
These apart, the image reveals the Tab 7.7 using a 30-pin connector similar to that on the Tab 10.1. Mere hearsay has it that the tablet could be running on a dual core Exynos processor. This also makes it appear that the Tab 7.7 would be a converted Galaxy SII with it only being the resolution factor that makes it differ from the Galaxy Tabs.
It would not be an AMOLED screen as this had been ruled out by Samsung in 2011. The IFA show scheduled next week on September 1 is where this new version Tab is going to be showcased and shipping is expected to start within weeks thereafter.
In any case, the days of the first gen Galaxy Tab seem to be numbered, as it might never be able to run Android Honeycomb. The Tab 7.7 might be the replacement, more so as it appears that sales of the original Galaxy Tab has tapered off after it had reached the two million mark. Samsung has not confirmed any of these figures or any of the details mentioned above.