Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 has been one of the companies most hotly-anticipated tablets, due in no small part to its 7.7-inch Super AMOLED screen. While WiFi versions have been available for some time in Europe and the US has an LTE version from Verizon, Samsung’s home country of South Korea has been sadly bereft of a 7.7 model of its own. Until now: Samsung announced that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE is coming to South Korea from SK Telecom. It’ll be priced at 800,000 won without a contract, or just a little north of $700 USD.
Interestingly, the South Korean version of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will also be able to make voice telephone calls. This capability is usually included in international Android tablets, but is almost always disabled for their American counterparts. (Thanks, US cell carrier system.) Other than that and the obvious switch to a GSM radio, the specifications remain identical to the US version: a 1280×800 screen, 16GB of internal storage, a 1.4Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM, 3.2/2.0 megapixel cameras and Android 3.2 with TouchWiz.
In our recent review, we concluded that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is a great device, in spite of the high price tag and (currently) outdated software. We’re still waiting on a WiFi version in the US, but phone functionality might go a long way towards tempting those who only need it occasionally, and don’t mind toting a bigger device around. Hopefully it’ll be available to more carriers around the world sooner rather than later – especially since an upgrade to the original hardware can’t be too far away.