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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 Set To Kill Tab 8.9 & Original Tab

Samsung may have two tablets too many in its portfolio after it launched the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 at IFA last week; these two are likely to make the original 7-inch Tablet and the slightly bigger Tab 8.9 all but obsolete.

Both the Note and the 7.7 Tab share the same hardware, except for the rear camera which is an eight megapixel model for the former and a three megapixel for the latter (plus the Tab 7.7 uses Honeycomb and the Note Gingerbread). These crucial differences mean that Samsung considers the Note to be closer to a smartphone while the Tab 7.7 will be its tablet alter ego.

The retirement of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab seems to be understandable given that it is more than one year old, and we wouldn't be surprised if Samsung does the same thing for the GT8.9 which was introduced at the same time as the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 but was never launched (at least not in the UK).

Expansys is currently taking preorders for it at £585 which is ludicrously expensive given that a similar Galaxy Tab 10.1 costs nearly £200 less. We suspect that Samsung's tablet portfolio is still fluid as the manufacturer explores various form factors and combinations.

This could explain why Samsung has decided to launch the pair next year rather than now; there are still stocks of the old Galaxy Tab and possibly, of the new GT8.9 which need to be cleared out first.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.