Aug 25 AT 12:59 PM Sean Riley 6 Comments

Samsung’s Unpacked app outs Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Note ahead of IFA

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Note icons in Samsung Unpacked app

Samsung recently released an app into the Market for their Unpacked event at IFA next week. An industrious This Is My Next [1] tipster took his magnifying glass to the .apk and uncovered a couple icons that may be of interest to the Android faithful[2].

Unless Samsung is just deliberately messing with us, the first icon suggests a 7.7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab. Apparently Samsung has some kind of golden rule of 1.2 operating. (I can’t wait to find out if the 6.5-inch device is a phone or a tablet). No confirmed specs to speak of at the moment. But assuming it’s launching anytime soon, it will probably runĀ Honeycomb on a Tegra 2 processor. If it manages to stay as slim as its siblings, it should tip the scales at right around 12 ounces.

The second device outed is the Galaxy Note. (A competitor to the HTC Flyer?). Nothing concrete is known beyond the name at this time. I’d be interested to see another take on a stylus-centric Android tablet, as I think there could certainly be a market there if it is done right. Quick tip Samsung: INCLUDE THE STYLUS!

With TouchPad fever gripping the nation, is anyone ready to see a couple new tablets out of Samsung? What do you guys think of the bump up from a 7 to a 7.7-inch screen? Do you feel like there’s a place for these stylus-bearing tablets in the Android ecosystem? Or do you agree with the former CEO of Apple that “if you see a stylus they blew it?”


  1. I’m going to be really glad when I don’t have to write that anymore.
  2. There is also a third icon for the Wave 3 running Bada OS, which is probably the device in the Samsung teaser we saw last week.

Via: This Is My Next

Source: Samsung UNPACKED App

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • Galen20K

    ANOTHER screen size?! LOL love it tho – D

    • Anthony Domanico

      Samsung’s going into some crazy screen size territory lately. First the 4.65 inch rumored Nexus Prime, now the 7.7″ tablet. Just seems so weird.

  • Ben Gildenstein

    In my opinion:
    A stylus that is undifferentiable from a finger is not a good idea. Rather an active-digitizer/digital-pen (ala Wacom tablets) would be much more appreciated. This way, you can rest your writing hand on the screen without triggering unwanted input. It can also be FAR more accurate.

    Also, after having experiencing a long history of touch devices, it’s my opinion that it is better that the pen device remain an accessory. There’s nothing worse than a casual interface that requires the pen to operate (eg. small icons). It hurts usability in the long run if developers assume that a pen is available and require it for the UI.

    • Sean Riley

      Absolutely agree, I hope they at least go with the N-Trig that HTC used for the Flyer, but Wacom would certainly be ideal.

      I’m also with you on not wanting the stylus to be 100% necessary. They still should include the stylus with every tablet though as otherwise developers have to really question how many users actually have the full functionality available to them.

  • Me

    +1 on the active-digitizer pressure-sensitive pen. The only reason I don’t have a tablet is because I want the pen for taking notes at school and in the field, and I don’t want to lug around my 5lb, 5+ year old slate running XP. The Flyer just didn’t look very precise (and not pressure sensitive). Would be nice in the Lenovo Tablet (supposedly pressure sensitive) were available in stores to play with before ordering.Curious to see what the Galaxy Note will end up being, but I’ve always had terrible luck with Samsung products…