Samsung Fills Out Galaxy Line with 5" Smartphone and 7.7" Tab

By Wesley Fenlon

Can a 5.3-inch device make it as a smartphone? Do people want a Galaxy Tab smaller than the 10.1 or 8.9? Samsung is apparently very interested in these questions.

Samsung's hitting for the cycle. Two- and 3- and 4-inch smartphones weren't enough. Nine- and 10-inch tablets weren't enough. With the addition of the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7, announced at Berlin's IFA electronics trade show on Thursday, Samsung's catalog of mobile devices practically covers the entire spectrum of screen sizes, from feature phones on up to full-size tablets. The Galaxy Note attacks a gap once unsuccessfully filled by the Dell Streak; its screen measures 5.3 inches with a resolution of 1280x800.

The Note fits into that odd space between smartphone and tablet--it's a phone, but Samsung plans to ship a stylus with it to make more efficient use of that 5.3-inch screen.The Galaxy Tab 7.7 obviously fits into the tablet category even though its screen runs at the same resolution. The two Galaxys share another feature: a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, which is sure to make them among the speediest Android devices on the market.

Both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab 7.7 run 1280x800 screens--the Galaxy Note's is a Super AMOLED display, while the larger Tab uses a Super AMOLED Plus display with a more detailed RGB subpixel arrangement.

The GSM Galaxy Note runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and Samsung notes it supports both HSPA+ and LTE network connectivity. Other hardware specs include an 8 megapixel camera and 2MP front-facing cam, 1080p video recording, microSD and 2500mAh battery. The phone measures 146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65 mm.

The Galaxy Tab runs on Android Honeycomb with TouchWiz, like Samsung's existing tablets, with a 5100mAh battery reportedly providing 10 hours of video playback. 3MP and 2MP cameras adorn the front and back, microSD support is on board, and the tablet measures 196.7x 133 x 7.89mm. The inevitable 3G version will support HSPA+ connectivity.

If you dig the Galaxy Tab design but wanted something smaller and lighter than the 10.1, the 7.7 may be the Android tablet for you--it weighs only 12 ounces. The Galaxy Note obviously fills the opposite role--if those 4-inch Android phones were just too small, see if the Note will fit in your pocket.