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Verizon Confirms March 1 for the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE, Also the $499 2-Year Contract Price

Verizon confirmed our report from yesterday that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE would be arriving officially on March 1 (this Thursday). If interested, you can pick one up for $499 on a new 2-year contract or buy it outright at $699. I don’t think I need to mention how out of their minds they are for overpricing yet another LTE tablet, so I’ll instead focus on the positives. This tablet is ultra-thin (thinnest in the world for LTE tabs), has a Super AMOLED Plus display, dual cameras, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, and may just be the perfect size at 7.7 inches. It will run Honeycomb (Android 3.2) out of the box and there is no mention yet as to Verizon or Samsung’s plans to update it to Ice Cream Sandwich. We would hope that it is in the plans though.

Be sure to check out our hands-on with the device from CES.  

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 7.7 Available Exclusively On The Verizon Wireless Network

World’s Thinnest 4G LTE Tablet on America’s Fastest 4G Network

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 7.7 will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online atwww.verizonwireless.com starting March 1. Movies, pictures and games come to life in high-definition with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7’s Super AMOLED™ Plus touchscreen display. Customers can quickly access the Web, stream music and more at blazingly fast speeds using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network combined with a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and HTML 5 Web browser.

The Tab 7.7 is a multimedia expert allowing customers to use their tablet as the center of their home entertainment system. The Peel Smart Remote feature eliminates the need for multiple remote controls for televisions, audio players and other home entertainment systems. Customers can make their Tab 7.7 the master controller to find and watch their favorite TV shows, create a favorites list, set program reminders and more. Customers also have the ability to stream media to their compatible TV using the HDMI Multimedia Dock with a built-in HDMI port or the HDTV Adapter (sold separately). The Samsung Media Hub offers a large selection of media to rent or purchase and watch while traveling or plug into a TV to share at a party.

Additional features:

  • 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display (1280×800)
  • Android™ 3.2 Honeycomb – supports Google™ Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™ with video chat, Google Search™, Google Maps™, as well as access to Google Books™, movie rentals and more than 400,000 apps on Android Market™
  • 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, full 720p recording and 1080p playback (1080p playback through HDMI dock or adapter)
  • Front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chat
  • 16 GB on-board storage (actual formatted capacity is less)
  • Support for up to 32 GB microSD™ card

Business solutions

Business professionals can feel secure when working on their Tab 7.7 knowing that it is Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE™). The SAFE certification signifies that the Tab 7.7 is equipped with an exclusive suite of security features that deliver enterprise-friendly capabilities to help safeguard sensitive data and communications, including Mobile Device Management (MDM), on-device Encryption, Virtual Private Network (VPN) and push synchronization of corporate email, calendar and contacts.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 provides the ideal balance of portability and productivity so business professionals can get the job done. Pair the Tab 7.7 with a keyboard dock and maximize productivity with the QuickOffice® Pro HD application. Customers won’t even notice they left their laptops behind with the ability to create and edit Microsoft® Office documents.

Even traveling business teams can stay connected and productive in remote meeting locations, such as airports, with the 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capability. The Tab 7.7 lets customers share their 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously, enabling leaders to become the team’s Wi-Fi hotspot to rapidly download large presentations and blueprints to review before boarding a flight.

Pricing and availability:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be available March 1 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online atwww.verizonwireless.com for $499.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • Customers that purchase a Tab 7.7 will need to subscribe to a 4G LTE mobile broadband data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Follow @VZWnews on Twitter for the latest news on Verizon Wireless.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 108 million total wireless connections, including 92.2 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 82,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visitwww.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library atwww.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visitwww.samsungwireless.com.

  • http://profiles.google.com/tran.mikey Mike Tran

    OMFG… Are they serious? DA HELL?? Looks like another on contract Xoom
    disaster ($499 subsidized price at launch also) . They are only going to subsidize $200 from the $699 outright
    price? That’s BS when they subsidize $300 for a phone and $400+ for
    iPhones. Shame on Verizon for being money grabbing scumbags and shame on
    Samsung for allowing them to pull such a douche move, Both of the
    companies have effectively killed this tablet before it had a chance to
    breath.

  • QtDL

    Nevermind the ridiculous price but why is a brand new tablet still being released with HC? Wasn’t the source for ICS released like first week of Nov 2011?

  • riteshk

    And this is better than the Transformer Prime or the new Infinity (which will most definitely be cheaper) because? What’s wrong with these people? How long do they need to realize this kind of pricing is just NOT going to work! I sometimes just can’t wrap my head around the kind of idiots who decide on the price tags!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YJ5SZVVBFAEK2YVJR5NEOFDXII George

     @AlexKCMO:disqus
    my classmate’s sister-in-law brought in $17682 a month ago.
    she been making cash on the internet and bought a $384300 house. All she
    did was Making-Money.uS.to

  • N8shon

    Annnnnnd faiiiilllll.  Wayyyy too expensive. $700 off contract? Hilarious.

  • GawkerRedesignSucks

    I would by this over a Transformer Prime because…?

  • http://twitter.com/closonic5 HNIC

    ok so $500 with contract $30 minimum data a month. thats another $720 for 2 years. 720 + $500=$1220. and you could honestly buy 2 ipads for the price of this and NOT be on contract. samsung/verizon pure idiots. 

    • Jjjustinjohnson

      Or Two Primes and a Fire!!!

  • Jer85008

    Time for Big Red’s product management team for tablets to jump out of the plane and open their golden parachutes.

  • Snake187

    I’m happy with my wifi Xoom. Its damn good

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      Yeah it is… loving ICS on it!

  • sog805

    I guess they dont plan on selling a lot of these.  $499 on contract, what a joke!

  • bakdroid

    Everyone needs to remember that there is currently no quad core that supports LTE.  And the Tegra 3 and Equinox are the only 2 that even have a quad on the table.  TI is going with the OMAP5 which is dual and Qual is going with the S4.  Dual cores is still going to be in 2012 for a while.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1025116830 Mike Stratton II

    First off, really?

    Ok, aside from having way too many tablets, logo on front? Come on verizon, this isn’t subsidized. It’s still $500….. oh, and could the back logo be any bigger? 

    Maybe i’m crazy, but my nexus has gotten me to appreciate the lack of stupid logos on the front of every phone. The back is fine, just leave the front clean…

  • AlexKCMO

    In the event Verizon reads this blog (and in case they’re in charge of pricing)…

    NO. 

    I don’t think anyone in their right mind would pay $499 for this, especially smart shoppers.  You people need to stop killing Android; this is why tablet sales are down. 

    When Samsung said they weren’t doing well in the tablet market, see this release for a reason. 

    The Kindle Fire should have shown you exactly whats up.  Get off your asses, do some market research, and stop pricing every tablet that comes out the same as the iPad.  If the general consumer has the money for an iPad, they’re going to buy an iPad; not a 7.7 inch tablet.

  • mustbepbs

    Verizon really doesn’t want to sell tablets. Because if they did, they would wake up and realize people aren’t going to pay 500 for last years tablet. ESPECIALLY when you look at all of the tablets that were just unveiled.

  • paranoid android

    My kindle fire does everything I could have asked for and more and guess what…I laid 199

    • EC8CH

      19801 and you’ll be tied with Wilt

      • ddevito

        +1

    • ddevito

      please could you stop the noise I’m tryin to get some rest  :p

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Gulyas/709632554 Daniel Gulyas

    Who’s pricing these things? Verizon or Samsung? Whoever is should be fired.

    • Gwalker5

      For that much you might as well get the iPad 3 which will have 4g lte, better resolution on screen, thinner, quad core, and i forgot what they said about the memory. It suppose to launch raight after they unveil it like within a few weeks said on AOTS

  • Interpol818

    Verizon you are freaking crazy, what the hell are they smoking. You are not taking my money.

  • ddevito

    fail

  • Bert336

    why buy something that expensive when you can have one of these for under $299 and with ICS! 
    http://www.ainovo.com/
    =D

  • https://twitter.com/#!/acpleus Andrew Pleus

    Who in their right mind would pay $500 for a 4G 7.7″ tablet???  Go buy the wifi version and get a month to month 4G hotspot, save yourself a grant.

  • inzandity

    Hmm…I am trying to figure out why that LTE chip costs so much to justify a 699 outright price. My Prime with a quad core was 200 bucks cheaper, AND tethers to my Gnex. I will stay with what I have TYVM

  • tjpeco

    I think Google needs to mention to its OEM’s that it can outsell its main competition just on price alone.
    Reference Kindle Fire.

  • EC8CH

    I’d take the ASUS 370T over this.

    • Keith K.

      Thats what im waiting for!

  • Boblank84

    if they have to dumb down the specs to do it, make this 299 off contract an i would buy it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/desmet2006 Alex Fischer

    When will these companies learn how to price a tablet?  The Xyboard series comes to mind.

  • SpikedRed1

    A tablet, or any other device with a 2.0 Megapixel camera, is just silly in 2012.  Seriously.  

    • MKader17

      They had to cut corners somewhere to keep the price so low!

  • Bert336

    $499? that’s quite expensive !!

    • LightNfluffy

       That’s on contract. You need to include the cost of the plan over two years and add it to $499.

      • bill

        Maybe you should consider that some people see the utility of a Wi Fi only tablet as extremely limited. Tethering and hot spots aren’t always convenient, fast, or a realistic option for those looking for the speed and convenience of an LTE enabled tablet.

        I bought a XOOM LTE and love it. The new tablets look appealing but don’t do anything for me that I can’t already do on my XOOM. It comes down to this: I wouldn’t give up LTE for quad core or a thinner form factor or a shiny case. The Prime looks great on paper but spotty wifi, no 4g, and NVIDIA teething issues…no thanks.

        Maybe Samsung is on to something. New form factor, LTE, handwriting (for those of us who are trying to go paperless) and a performance bump. To me, the Galaxy Note tablets are targeted to an unmet need in the market and are priced appropriately.

        You aren’t going to get a full featured tablet for the price of a Fire. For me, and what I want a tablet for, the Fire is useless.

        The perfect tablet, for a Transformer infinity Lte with note taking capability. I would drop a grand on that. As will lots of people on the ipad3 which is also amazing to me. There prices fly past common sense but people freak about a feature packed Android?

    • WAldenIV

      I don’t know why anyone would buy this device at that price on contract.  For $450, when not on sale for less, you can pick up a wifi GTab 8.9 with no contract.