Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, a closer look

When the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 was launched last weekend, it suddenly made the still new Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus irrelevant, or did it? Those who were thinking of buying the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus are now thinking whether to get the Galaxy Tab 7.7 instead. Is the 7.7 a worthy upgrade over the 7.0 Plus?

Let’s take a closer look at the two.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (left) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 (right)

The obvious difference between the two is the size of both the tablet and its display. The Tab 7.7 may be bigger but not by much due to its narrower black bezel as compared to the 7.0 Plus. The Super AMOLED Plus display on the 7.7 is a huge deal as well providing deeper contrasts and more vibrant colors. It made the display on the 7.0 LCD looked washed out in comparison.

On the aesthetic side, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is thinner by 2mm and lighter by 10 grams. In practicality, that’s not a lot and you won’t really feel the difference between the two.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (left) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 (right)

What you will feel, and see, is the difference of the back panel. The Tab 7.0 Plus has a glossy plastic back while the Tab 7.7 has a combination of plastic and metal with a brushed finish giving it a premium, solid look.

Now let’s look at the specs comparison between two:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 P6800Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus P6200
7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display @ 800 x 1280 pixels7-inch PLS LCD display @ 600 ×1024 pixel resolution
Android 3.2 HoneycombAndroid 3.2 Honeycomb
1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor
Mali-400MP GPUMali-400MP GPU
16GB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB16GB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB
WiFi 802.11 b/g/nWiFi 802.11 b/g/n
HSDPA 21Mbps, HSUPA 5.76MbpsHSDPA 21Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps
Bluetooth 3.0 w/ A2DPBluetooth 3.0 w/ A2DP
3.15MP camera with LED flash3.15MP camera with LED flash
2MP front camera2MP front camera
720p HD video recording @ 30fps720p HD video recording @ 30fps
Call and Text featureCall and Text feature
5100mAh Li-Po battery4000mAh Li-Ion battery
7.89mm depth9.96mm depth
335 g345 g
SRP: Php32,990SRP: Php23,990

For performance, the main difference is just the .2GHz advantage of the 7.7 Plus. And according to a recent testing by Engadget, here are the benchmark scores between the two.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Linpack single-thread (MFLOPS)53.7628.98
Linpack multi-thread (MFLOPS)81.0769.47
NenaMark 1 (fps)59.559.3
NenaMark 2 (fps)37.941.8
SunSpider 9.1 (ms, lower numbers are better)1,4881,679

The Quadrant score on the 7.0 Plus looks bogus but it has something to do with Quadrant’s algorithm favorite screens with lower res. But for the most part, there’s no significant advantage in terms of performance coming from the Tab 7.7.

Also, based on the same test by Endgadget, we learned that the Tab 7.7’s 5100mAh battery boasts of a class-leading 12-hour life. Well past the 10.5-hour life of the iPad 2 and very well ahead of the Tab 7.0 Plus’ 8-hour battery life.

Lastly, with all of these perks of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 over the Tab 7.0 Plus, there’s also a huge price difference to the tune of Php9,000. The Tab 7.7 is indeed pricey for its size.

Now the decision. Tab 7.7 or Tab 7.0 Plus? If you have the money to burn and want the best of what the 7-inch tablet market has to offer, definitely go with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. And if you’re fine knowing that your tablet’s display isn’t the best out there, or has a fragile plastic build, or can work with the 8-hour (which is not bad at all) battery life, then the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus should suffice for you.

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  • JmBalicano

    After experiencing SUPERAMOLED for the first time on the Note, I really want to experience the gorgeousness on 7.7 inches. Okay, so that might not sound appropriate.. I’ll probably never lay my hands on this thing, but it sure would be sweet to read a bunch of Marvel, DC or Image comics with colors popping out of the screen like that. For 12 frigging hours.

  • Galaxy Tab 7.7″ costs around 28K at Widget City. So that even trims down the price difference from 9K to 5K.

    I’d go with the Tab 7.7″… but reality check.. do I really need a tablet?

    • magkano naman 7.0 plus sa widget city? same as SRP?

    • angelo

      tama.. do we really need a tablet with a price the can buy a really descent and more useful laptop/notebook? ipon, dagdag nalang ng kunti pede na ko makabili ng utrabook. lightweight and really handy.

      daming lumalabas na gadget… ang mahal naman. i have a laptop so if I have PhP32,990 now, i would go for DSLR or Sony NEX.. hahaha 😀

    • JmBalicano

      IMO this isn’t really being marketed as a device that appeals to the masses. That’s what the Tab 7 Plus is for. This is a premium device that’s meant to satisfy people who are looking for exactly that. There’s been quite some clamor for a SUPERAMOLED on a tablet. This is probably just Samsung trying to capitalize on that.

    • ei8bit

      It’s all depends on ur needs. If ur a traveler, very handy sya just like netbook small and compact but more fast in booting and more pogi points on u. ^_^ If ur a student, this is very useful, u can upload PDF files.. to read and study.. write notes.. and etc. It’s very useful for architects , photographers and project presentation. If u learning some cooking or photoshop this gadget is needed. Its a great gadget.

  • ali

    I’m planning to buy gt 7.7. I have my galaxy s and I really like amoled screens. it’s completely different if you’re watching movies especially animations, playing games, and browsing photos. Di nakakasawa tingnan ang screen. I chose tablets over laptops because of portability and most especially the super amoled screen. Matagal pa bago magkaroon ng amoled screen ang mga laptops. Each of us has it’s own preferences but i suggest better buy tablets like gt 7.7 sulit talaga pera mo.

  • Mike B

    i made my final decision to buy the 7.0plus.
    but upon goin to sm north,i saw a working 7.7 unit and tried it out… alas i ended up goin home with a 7.7. & a grin on my face..

    i am telling u amoled+ bigger battery capacity really makes 7.7 tab really a good deal. not too small not to big. + phone feature is a plus.

    if ever i stick to buying the 7.0plus, i know i will not be happy with it in the end. but if it also a good unit, if u dont mind a non amoled screen.

  • I think this pretty much sums it up for 95% of people considering the upgrade. Faster processor is nice and all, but I’ve never found my iPad2, or friends 1st gen, lacking in speed. It would be nice though if the front camera is good enough to actually use it for Skype and Facetime though.

  • it’s an excellent cell but sometimes the info goes off then I need to restore it on then it”s OK but other than that it”s a great cell and that i adore it alot it truely does work for the purpose I’d like anyways

  • moret

    Just bought the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus! And I’m loving it.
    Thanks to the dual-core computing power on a 7 inch display. I hope ICS will come soon.