Feb 28 AT 12:02 PM Sean Riley 26 Comments

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 available March 1 for $499

Verizon galaxy tab 7.7

Verizon has finally confirmed the pricing and availability for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 that they announced at CES last month. Fortunately the waiting will be over quite soon with the launch coming March 1st.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 will set you back $499 with a two-year contract and month-to-month data starts at $30 for 2GB.

Here’s a quick rundown of the specs:

  • 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen (1280×800)
  • 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 3.2 MP rear camera (720 video)
  • 2.0 MP front-facing camera
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • microSD slot supports up to 32 GB
  • LTE
  • WiFi (a/b/g/n) with dual-band support
  • WiFi Direct/Allshare
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Android 3.2 with TouchWiz

I got some hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 at CES a couple months ago and came away quite impressed. The Super AMOLED Plus screen is the sharpest and most vibrant I’ve seen on any tablet to date and the device is astoundingly thin and light at 7.9mm and 12 ounces.

Those of course were just my impressions after a few minutes with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and we’ll be doing a full review soon to let you know whether it’s worth the price of admission.

While the lack of Android 4.0 may be a concern to the Android enthusiasts, the pricing and even more importantly that 2-year contract are going to be the big sticking points for most potential buyers. Between those two which do you think would have a bigger impact on tablet sales? Would you be more inclined to buy a carrier tablet if they reduced the initial cost or if they dropped the 2-year contract requirement?

Show Press Release

Samsung Galaxy Tabâ„¢ 7.7 Available Exclusively On The Verizon Wireless Network

World’s Thinnest 4G LTE Tablet on America’s Fastest 4G Network

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Samsung Galaxy Tabâ„¢ 7.7 will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com starting March 1. Movies, pictures and games come to life in high-definition with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7’s Super AMOLEDâ„¢ Plus touchscreen display. Customers can quickly access the Web, stream music and more at blazingly fast speeds using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network combined with a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and HTML 5 Web browser.

The Tab 7.7 is a multimedia expert allowing customers to use their tablet as the center of their home entertainment system. The Peel Smart Remote feature eliminates the need for multiple remote controls for televisions, audio players and other home entertainment systems. Customers can make their Tab 7.7 the master controller to find and watch their favorite TV shows, create a favorites list, set program reminders and more. Customers also have the ability to stream media to their compatible TV using the HDMI Multimedia Dock with a built-in HDMI port or the HDTV Adapter (sold separately). The Samsung Media Hub offers a large selection of media to rent or purchase and watch while traveling or plug into a TV to share at a party.

Additional features:

  • 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display (1280×800)
  • Androidâ„¢ 3.2 Honeycomb — supports Googleâ„¢ Mobile Services, including Gmailâ„¢, YouTubeâ„¢, Google Talkâ„¢ with video chat, Google Searchâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢, as well as access to Google Booksâ„¢, movie rentals and more than 400,000 apps on Android Marketâ„¢
  • 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, full 720p recording and 1080p playback (1080p playback through HDMI dock or adapter)
  • Front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chat
  • 16 GB on-board storage (actual formatted capacity is less)
  • Support for up to 32 GB microSDâ„¢ card

Business solutions

Business professionals can feel secure when working on their Tab 7.7 knowing that it is Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFEâ„¢). The SAFE certification signifies that the Tab 7.7 is equipped with an exclusive suite of security features that deliver enterprise-friendly capabilities to help safeguard sensitive data and communications, including Mobile Device Management (MDM), on-device Encryption, Virtual Private Network (VPN) and push synchronization of corporate email, calendar and contacts.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 provides the ideal balance of portability and productivity so business professionals can get the job done. Pair the Tab 7.7 with a keyboard dock and maximize productivity with the QuickOffice® Pro HD application. Customers won’t even notice they left their laptops behind with the ability to create and edit Microsoft® Office documents.

Even traveling business teams can stay connected and productive in remote meeting locations, such as airports, with the 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capability. The Tab 7.7 lets customers share their 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously, enabling leaders to become the team’s Wi-Fi hotspot to rapidly download large presentations and blueprints to review before boarding a flight.

Pricing and availability:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be available March 1 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $499.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • Customers that purchase a Tab 7.7 will need to subscribe to a 4G LTE mobile broadband data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Follow @VZWnews on Twitter for the latest news on Verizon Wireless.

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 5 years and covering mobile for the last 6. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    Way. too. fucking. expensive. verizon.

    No wonder Samsung has recently said they aren’t winning the tablet market.

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      TOTALLY agree!

      1. If a tablet is sold for $500, it needs to be a Transformer Prime-caliber tablet and it needs to be on a month-to-month basis. Tied to a contract is STUPID.
      2. As a 7″ dual-core tablet with meh specs, this really needs to compete with the $200 Kindle Fire. Clearly, the $250 Asus Memo will mop the floor with this tablet.
      3. I could possibly see some gullible people taking this “for free” on a 2-yr contract. Not fair but they could get some sales that way.

      So all in all, this should TOTALLY be a $200 off-contract (but with month-to-month data options) tablet or free on-contract. Anything more than that is just dumb. There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON the *general public* will take this over an iPad2 at about the same price. NO REASON AT ALL.

      • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

        Beg to differ. Have both the 7.7, and iPad2. Prefer the 7.7 over the iPad2 by a large margin.

        • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

          Wish could edit comments. If the user takes the tablet with him / her everyday when out of the house, many of the general public may prefer a premium 7″ tablet over any 10 inch tablet. The 7 inch form is a lot easier to carry around all day. Hopefully, the 7.7 is available off contract as well.

    • Jeff Pan

      Agree 100%

      $499 + $30 * 24 = $1219 for 7.7 inch tablet

      Are you serious Verizon?

    • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

      Idiotic. Why would anyone buy this when they can get a transformer prime for the same price and use the included data on their phone? Hell, a prepaid wifi hotspot would be a better option than this

  • Mike Beauchamp

    Saw the article on All Things D this morning where Samsung says they’re struggling in the tablet market. No shit. This is why. Over-saturate the market with a gazilion different models, price them all out of the park, put stupid contracts on them, use last year’s technology, and wonder why they don’t sell!

    Seriously. With the exception of an LTE radio, this is last year’s tablet. Honeycomb? Psh. 1.4ghz dual-core? Psh. 3mp cam? Psh. Stale display at 1280×800? Psh.

    I like Samsung. Errr, I really TRY to like Samsung. But this is a big pile of steaming hot fail.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Launching with Honeycomb is terrible and I can see the argument that dual-core is disappointing. The cameras I could care less about on a tablet and the screen is hands down better than anything out there so don’t be dismissive of it.

      I would have liked to see s-pen integration now that we know that isn’t going to be restricted to the Galaxy Note.

      I haven’t seen retail pricing information yet to go month-to-month, but I’d be willing to bet it’s going to be at least $699, which is just nuts for this hardware.

    • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

      I agree about too many models being introduced; however, have you used a 7.7? The screen has the crispest display / best colors I have ever used on any tablet from any vendor, it is thin, light, elegantly designed, fast processor, microsSD expansion, USB host, and very easy to hold for continuous web, video, or book reading. I have the international version imported via Amazon. After using the Tab 7.7 daily for a month while out for the day, it is my favorite, and well worth the premium cost since it is a premium tablet. The contract requirement is not a Samsung decision, it is a Verizon decision.

      Stale display – I beg to differ, it is stunning. Don’t think I would want a higher resolution display on a 7.7 device. Everything looks crisp, and sharp on the 7.7 now. A full HD display may be too much for this screen size, and you would end of constantly zooming everything which would defeat the higher resolution. This is the same resolution as the current 10 inch tablets, and higher than the iPad’s 9.7 (at least until March 7). The 7.7 1280 X 800 is an excellent resolution choice for a 7.7 inch device, which coupled with the Super AMOLED Plus technology, results in the best display I have seen on any tablet. My 7.7″ Tab completes a CPU intensive database selection filter 2 seconds quicker than the Transformer Prime with the quad core. I am sure the database app does not take advantage of all cores, but which current applications do?

      If you expressed your opinion after actually using the Tab 7.7 for more than 5 minutes, then I respect your opinion, but of course, disagree with it. If you have not used the device, I suggest you try it, the 7.7 is an elegant, premium device that may surprise you, and exceed your expectations based on the specs.

  • Charlesbrown79

    Why would someone buy this? Spend that money on a tablet that is Wi-Fi. With a contrac,t this is a $1200-$1500 tablet. Totally not worth it.

  • droiddewd

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who hasn’t been impressed with Samsung. 300 dollars more than a Kindle Fire. Why dont you just call it the Samsung Fail. :OP

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Kindle Fire is decent enough hardware, but it’s the Asus Memo at $250 that I have to hope will turn the current tablet pricing on it’s ear.

      • droiddewd

        Agreed regarding Asus. I only hope it will be influence the price with the Memo since they have succeeded with the TF line.

        But when it comes to the average consumer they more than likely pick the Fire over Samsung just based on price alone. So IMO Samsung is shooting themselves in the foot expecting the consumer to pounce on this more than the Fire.

        My money is with Asus though. I luv my TF101. Im hoping to get either the Memo or Infinity as a replacement.

  • spazby

    pricing makes no sense whatsoever, come on sammy/verizon, you are pricing yourself out of the market….

  • MrQuestion

    I seriously don’t get why Samsung insists on keeping their prices this high. Their tablets have nice specs, but so do pretty much all A brand (Sony, Asus, Motorola) tablets.

    Seeing Asus is planning to release a 7″ tablet for $249, I think Samsung should really reconsider their pricing strategy.

  • joe

    It’s really stunning watch these guys stumble over and over and over doing exactly the same thing. People don’t want another contract, period. Do ala carte data on these and they will sell.

  • crickerman

    Too expensive… AMOLED on a tablet is nice and all but at 500 bucks… I don’t see this device being adopted…

  • Jeremy Sheehan

    Everyone has hit it perfectly. Way too expensive.

  • ion orov

    Yet another foot shot… sigh.

    I really don’t get it. How do all these companies run rings around Apple with their smartphones … yet be completely clueless in the tablet market!?

    I’m just about giving up on buying an Android tablet.

    If its nice and sleek as the ipad, they price it super high (TF prime, Tab 7.7). If its cheaper than the ipad, its crippled and/or has a smaller a screen (Kindle, Nook). If its priced the same, its heavier or thicker or has some other BS trade-off (Acer).

    Add to that the usual propietry cables, no mSD… eff it, I might as well buy an iPad.

  • Jay

    Got my kindle fire, rooted, flashed android on it… works amazingly! Spent $150 after a best buy gift card… would totally take this at that price point over this Samsung fail. I echo the disappointment from the other readers. Too expensive, and the 2 year contract is a no go… Who is tableting outside of Wi-Fi to justify such a cost? That’s where my phone comes in, for me at least. And who wants to keep a tablet for two years in this market, especially this one, that doesn’t even have ICS on stock? DEFINITELY won’t be tempted by this at ALL with Asus coming out with their 7 inch tab, with better specs & HALF the price!

  • honourbound68

    i’m still sticking with asus memo when it comes out… and a transformer prime if i ever need a 10″ tab… i love your build quality sammy but your prices need to come back to earth. android users are not the hipster image-conscious, status-whores that certain fruit followers seem to be.

  • Bart

    The pricing on these tablets is just baffling, at this point I’d go with someone like Ainovo, where they’re OK 7′ tablet is like a 3rd of this price. It may not have much guts, but hey, 1 Ghz for my rec tablet is just fine.

  • redman618

    I’m going to make this short and sweet…HOLY SHIT $500.for a contract tablet. I’ll be amazed if they sell more than 5..

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    I did purchase an imported 3G / HSPA+ 7.7 via Amazon, and it is the best tablet I have used bar none including the iPad 2, and Transformer Prime. I have used the 7.7 daily for about a month now, and like it more each day. The size, and weight are fantastic, the Super AMOLED Plus screen is amazing, makes others look bland. The 7.7 is definitely a premium tablet, and should have a premium price. Don’t automatically dismiss this tablet because you think 7 inch tablets should automatically be cheaper than 10″. Packing all the power, and features into a slim device with exceptional battery life is not cheap, and as I said earlier, screen is amazing.

    I also have the original Tab 7 on Verizon, and used it daily for a year. The original Tab was my former favorite before the 7.7. I did purchase the original Tab without contract, but purchased the data every month because I liked, and used the device so often. Even though I have the GSM version of the 7.7, I am considering buying the LTE 7.7 on Verizon, and eBay the 7.7. LTE on the 7.7 would be awesome.

    I respect other opinions, but don’t automatically dismiss this tablet, or any other premium Android tablet because of the price, or think \you can get Tablet X for $200. Yes you can get tablet X for $200, but it does not come close to matching the premium 7.7 tablet based on extensive use of both. After using the device, I do feel it is worth the cost although I would prefer to purchase it off contract.

  • DroidPower

    surprising turn for samsung… what is going on?!

  • Techiecop

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is one of the slimmest things I’ve ever seen. Turning it sideways you’d be forgiven for thinking it had disappeared into the space between atoms — it measures an iPad 2-beating 7.9mm across.