NTT Docomo will be the first major mobile phone operator to sell the Galaxy Tab 7.7 Plus (albeit in Japan).
The device is Samsung’s latest addition to the Galaxy Tab range and is the first to come with a 7.7in Organic Electroluminiscent Display with a 1,280 x 800 resolution - the biggest one on the market, according to Samsung.
It is only 7.9mm thick, has a massive 5,900 mAh battery and is the first Galaxy tablet to be compatible with the Xi LTE service, the One-Seg terrestrial digital broadcasting service and the V-High one.
Other features include a Qualcomm APQ8060 system-on-chip -- a modem-less, dual-core model clocked at 1.5GHz -- backed by 1GB of RAM with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich the OS of choice. It also sports a 3-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing one, along with the ability to tether with up to eight devices over Wi-Fi.
The device, which is not unlike the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, will launch in Japan around October or November.
However, it's not unreasonable to expect it to be available in European markets, too, perhaps towards the end of the year and just in time for Christmas. And perhaps as an alternative to the banned Galaxy Tab 7.7?
It will be interesting to see what price premium Samsung has slapped on the tablet given that the Google Nexus 7 has laid down the baseline upon which other 7in Android tablets are judged.
But until then, why not check out our Google Nexus 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 specs comparison.