Samsung unveils the Galaxy Tab 7.7

Samsung, keen to show Apple that it won't be cowed by legal action, has taken to the stage here at IFA 2011 to unveil its long-rumoured Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet, featuring Android 3.2 'Honeycomb' and the highest resolution 7.7-inch touch-screen around.

"The new Galaxy Tab 7.7 demonstrates Samsung's commitment to offering consumers the most choice in the mobile tablet market," claimed JK Shin, president of Samsung's mobile arm, to the assembled press. "The Galaxy Tab 7.7's ultra-thin design and WXGA Super AMOLED Plus display are impressive differentiators in the tablet marketplace and pillars of our ultimate goal of meeting a wide variety of consumer needs."

With a resolution of 1280x800, the display on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is nothing short of stunning - thanks largely to the Super AMOLED Plus technology, as seen on the company's smartphones and a first for the tablet market - and means that the tablet is capable of playing back 720p HD video at its native resolution and of downscaling 1080p video to better suit the screen's size.

The internals are as impressive as the externals, too: the dual-core 1.2GHz processor from the company's Galaxy S II smartphone has been revamped in new 1.4GHz form, making it pretty much the fastest tablet on the market today. Despite this, it's also one of the thinnest, measuring a svelte 7.89mm at its thickest point and weighing a mere 335g.

Samsung has confirmed that it will be launching the tablet in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities, and - unlike Apple's iPad - will include a microSD slot for adding up to a further 32GB of storage to the device. Networking is covered by integral HSPA+ 3G connectivity for up to 21Mb/s downloads, while a 5,100mAh battery provides a claimed 10 hour video playback life span per charge.

While Samsung is using Google's latest release of Honeycomb, Android 3.2, for the Galaxy Tab 7.7, it hasn't made the move unscathed: as expected, the device bundles Samsung's TouchWiz UX user interface, which adds a Live Panel menu for additional home-screen customisation and a 'Mini Apps tray' that adds quick access to commonly used features such as the task manager, calendar, and music player.

Sadly, the one piece of information Samsung isn't providing is the most important: the price, along with when the UK will be able to get its hands on the most tempting 7-ish-inch tablet yet.