Hands-on with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE and Galaxy Noteby Jason Inofuentes on January 10, 2012 2:50 PM EST
I had a minute to chat with Philip Berne of Samsung and get my some time with the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE and AT&T's recently announced LTE variant of the Galaxy Note. While we didn't have time to run our usual test bench, we did get in a quick SunSpider 9.1 run on the Note, and the results weren't too shabby. Each is running TouchWiz over Gingerbread, with plans for Ice Cream Sandwich in place. The interfaces were smooth and pleasant, and though the Note makes do with the RGBG stripe typical of Super AMOLED screens it was not dissatisfying.
The Exynos-driven Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE was snappy and responsive and performance should match the similarly powered Galaxy S II device. The Note is a bit of a mystery. We supposed that it would match the Skyrocket with a Qualcomm SoC, and it still might. However, the Exynos/LTE combination in the Tab 7.7 shows that any hurdles that may have existed have been overcome. That SunSpider score somewhat apes the T-Mobile SGSII variant at ~3,000 ms. We'll try and get some more personal time with Samsung's offerings soon.