If you sign up for a new 2-year contract you can take home the Tab 7.7 for $499.99. If you forego the contract, the tablet will run you $699.99, but at least you won’t have to pay $30 per month or more for a data plan.
Either way, you get a version of the tablet that’s capable of connecting to Verizon’s 4G LTE network. There’s currently no WiFi-only version of the Tab 7.7 available in the US.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 features a 1.4 GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a microSD card slot for extra storage space. It has a 7.7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel Super AMOLED Plus display and a 5100mAh battery which Samsung says should provide up to 12.5 hours of active use time.
The tablet ships with Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb software with Samsung’s TouchWiz customizations.
While the Samsung Galaxy Tab isn’t much larger than an Amazon Kindle Fire, it has a higher quality display, a faster processor, more memory and storage, cameras, and 4G LTE mobile broadband support. On the other hand, the Kindle Fire sells for $200, which makes Samsung’s latest tablet look pricey at $500 and up.