04 February, 2012



Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Philippines Hands-On Photos, In the Flesh Videos, First Impressions!

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 01:31 PM PST

TechPinas Exclusive!

"This is your TP NCR Correspondent and Contributing Writer, Mon Arguelles, covering Tab Lab Event at the Eastwood Mall Open Park where Samsung Philippines officially launched Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. I was already there at 3PM to see for myself this beautiful device, and to try my luck on that Php 25,000 discount!"

samsung galaxy tab 7.7 philippines

Breathtaking. That's how they described this 7.7-inch Android device. Abd it really is. This is the first time that I've seen a Super AMOLED display on a screen that size.

I took some photos and videos for you TP friends to share my experience with you handling what could be the finest sub 8-inch tablet in the market -- one that's also capable of making phonecalls and text messages.

samsung galaxy tab 7.7 philippines
Front: Earpiece, 2 MP front-facing camera, and the 7.7 inch Super AMOLED Plus Display

samsung galaxy tab 7.7 philippines
Back: Finely crafted brushed aluminum back with 3.15MP camera and LED flash

samsung galaxy tab 7.7 philippines
Right side: Power button and Volume control

samsung galaxy tab 7.7 philippines
Left side: SIM card and micro-SD slot.

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Bottom: Speakers, microphone, proprietary port USB connector

samsung galaxy tab 7.7 philippines
Top: 3.5mm audio jack

Here are 2 demo videos. First video shows the hardware and the user interface:

Second video shows the display quality of the Tab 7.7:

Notice how the Super AMOLED Display maintained its clarity and vibrancy despite the daylight glare.

TP Contributing Writer Profile: Mon Arguelles is a graduate of Environmental Management, a joint program of the Ateneo De Manila University and University of San Francisco. He's currently taking up his MBA. He is a part-time professor and environmental researcher but considers being updated about the latest technological trends to be one of his favorite pastimes.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a Phone - Use it to Make Calls and Send Text Messages!

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 12:45 PM PST

TechPinas Exclusive!

If you still have doubts if the ultra-sexy Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is actually a phone, let me you - once and for all, it is. You can send text messages and make calls using this Android tablet.

TP NCR Correspondent and Contributing Writer, Mon Arguelles, dropped by Samsung Philippines' Tab Lab forum held yesterday afternoon at Eastwood in Quezon City to check out the star of the event, the Php 32,990 Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 P6800. And like a true and reliable correspondent, he brought us some photos and videos of the device which I'll be sharing via a separate post in a bit.

samsung galaxy tab 7.7

One Tab Lab file he sent me that I found totally interesting is a demo video of TouchWiz UX User Interface on P6800 which Samsung uses as skin for the Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system. As expected, the UI looks suave and all but the frame that made me go, "That it!" is this:

samsung galaxy tab 7.7
This frame confirms that Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has GSM phone features. Users can use the device to store contacts, make calls and send text messages.

So what does this tell us? Well, we can consider Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 a hybrid. It's a full-fledged tablet but it also has smartphone features -- heck, it even has an earpiece. Cool, eh? The only problem is, you'd look kinda weird putting this 7.7-inch slate against your cheek to accept calls.

Great job, Mon! Thumbs up!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 P6800 Philippines Price Php 32,990, Specs, Release Date, Features

Posted: 04 Feb 2012 03:32 AM PST

Today is the official launch of Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 P6800 in the Philippines! We're getting it a bit ahead of some of our neighbors in the Asia Pacific region so make sure you check it out.

samsung galaxy tab 7.7

In terms of size, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 lies comfortably between Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. When it comes to pricing, however, it's right up there with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the TP-Favorite smartphone-tablet hybrid, Samsung Galaxy Note. So yes, Tab 7.7 is a totally high-end device.

samsung galaxy tab 7.7

With official SRP of Php 32,990 for the 32GB version, P6800 is clearly one the more (if not the most) expensive sub 8-inch Android tablet in the market today. What's the reason for such a high price tag, you ask? Well, I think it's because of three things:

1. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the first tablet from Samsung to have a SuperAMOLED Plus display similar to what you can find on Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone. Suffice it to say, viewing the screen will make you go 'Wow!'

2. All variants come with 3G connectivity support and GSM phone functionality. Yep, you can use the tablet to send SMS and make calls.

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 flaunts a gorgeous brushed 'real metal' back case, giving it a premium look compared to less expensive tablets wrapped in plastic.

samsung galaxy tab 7.7
Let's talk specs: Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb with its 1.4 GHz Exynos Chipset Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 CPU. The tablet features a 3.15 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash at the back which also shoots HD 720p videos; in front, you'll find a 2 MegaPixel shooter. You get the usual ports including one for microUSB and a 3.5mm audio jack. As for connectivity P6800 supports Wifi, Bluetooth and 3G.

Our friends at Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation will be launching Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 via a whole day event in Eastwood, which will be capped off by a concert. They also told TP that big discounts and freebies will be given away to those who will purchase their tablets during the program. Check out the invite they sent us earlier this week;

samsung galaxy tab 7.7

To wrap up this entry in true TP fashion, I present the full technical specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7:

TechPinas Tablet Technical Specs Table (TTabTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 P6800
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Tablet with GSM Phone Functionality
Price Category High-End
Dimensions/Weight196.7 x 133 x 7.9 mm, 340 grams
Available Colors Black
Operating System Android 3.2 HoneyComb (upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)
Display 7.7 inches (~196 ppi pixel density), 800 x 1280 pixels, Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Corning Gorilla Glass
Processor 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 Dual Core CPU Mali-400MP GPU Exynos Chipset
Camera 3.15 MegaPixels, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 2 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture HD 720p 30 frames per second
Audio and Video Playback MP4/DivX/Xvid/H.264/H.263/MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, with GSM phone functions
Internal Storage 16/32/64 GB Versions
Sensors Proximity, Compass, Gyroscope, Accelerometer
Battery and Uptime Li-Po 5100 mAh, Standby of up to 1200 hours
Value-Added Features TouchWiz UX UI, SNS Integration, Google Services Suite, Metal Case, SuperAMOLED Plus display
Announcement In the Philippines: February 2012
Availability February 2012
Price Official SRP: Php 32,990 for the 32 GB Version