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If you thought you'd get through CES this year without a new decimal-sized Galaxy tablet, you were wrong. Tonight here at Pepcom we got our hands on the upcoming Galaxy Tab 7.7 with Verizon LTE connectivity, slated to hit Big Red "soon." Formally announced just a few hours ago, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor hidden beneath a 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, the true star of the show. It's a 720p HD display at 1280 x 800 resolution, which is sure to knock your socks off. It seems like each iteration of the Galaxy Tab line comes packed with a more gorgeous display, the 7.7 is no exception. It's really, really nice. I'll tell you what else is nice after the break.

The screen is great, but that's where my excitement puttered out. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 ships with Honeycomb 3.2, which unfortunately isn't Ice Cream Sandwich. And it's got the same TouchWiz that's atop all existing Galaxy Tabs. Call me crazy, but I'm ready for a refresh. It's nice that Samsung keeps experimenting with sizes, but I'm dying to see what's "next" for their tablet line.

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Coupled with Verizon's still-unbelievable LTE connectivity, the guts inside manage to propel the Galaxy Tab 7.7 quite nicely. Honeycomb is as smooth as I've seen it, and with that powerful processor, the tablet should be able to handle most of what you throw at it.

As for the size, I've said this before and I'll say it again: it seems as if Samsung is really putting a lot of thought into the footprint of its tablets. I fell in love with the Galaxy Tab 8.9's form factor, but I'm smitten all over again with the size of the 7.7. It fits perfectly in one hand, leaving the other free to navigate. If you thought the 8.9 was still a bit too big (and the 10.1 was unmanageably behemoth), you'll enjoy using the 7.7.


No word on pricing or a solid release date, but we have pretty pictures and a video after the break.

 

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Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

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I thought 7-inchers are too small, but since it came to Hong Kong several days ago, 7.7 looks perfect for me. My dad's switching to another operator for wired Internet some time later and they're giving out Tab 7.7s, so I'm really excited to get one of these AWESOME tablets.

The only 7-incher (7-plus) that can match, and in some respects beat, the Playbook. Is there a wifi-only version? If so, and if priced right, it would be the best tablet out there for many people.