Samsung is on something of a roll with its Android tablets, pumping out three different sizes in the space of a year. Twelve months on from the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab comes the Galaxy Tab 7.7, packing a slightly larger display, higher resolution and faster, 1.4GHz dual-core processor. Perhaps more important for ultramobile users is the reduced size and weight, however. Read on for our hands-on impressions.

Galaxy Tab 7.7 Hands-on

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The metal chassis measures just 7.89 mm thick and tips the scales at 335g, hiding a 5,100 mAh battery in addition to a GSM/EDGE/HSPA+ modem (though it remains to be seen if the US carriers lock out voice functionality). The 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus display has huge viewing angles and matches the resolution of bigger Honeycomb slates, and as we know from the Galaxy S II it’s color-rich and bright. TouchWiz arguably makes more sense on the 7.7-inch screen, pulling together the various social and multimedia content to the homescreen.

Performance – considering the software isn’t final yet – is swift, and one-handed use is simple thanks to a casing that’s thinner than Amazon’s Kindle (albeit a little heavier). Samsung reckons it’ll last for 10hrs of video playback on a single charge, though obviously we haven’t had time to test that promise. More on this great new tablet in our hands-on video!

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