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8/25/2011
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Samsung Preps 7.7-Inch Tablet

Clues suggest Samsung will roll out three new devices, including yet another Android-based tablet, at the IFA event in Berlin on September 1.

Samsung is apparently pretty excited about the announcements it intends to make on September 1 at the IFA event in Berlin. The company published an Android application called SamsungMobile Unpacked.

The application's description reads: "View information about Samsung Mobile Unpacked, Samsung mobile's new product launch event series. With this application, you can get access to the latest information on Samsung Mobile Unpacked events at anytime and learn about new product launches before anyone else."

Well, in this case, the application probably spilled the beans a bit too early.

Some folks who'd downloaded the application noticed some interesting graphics buried in the application. These enterprising individuals decided to share the information with ThisIsMyNext, which posted the graphic. The logos in question reveal the names of three unannounced Samsung products: Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Wave 3, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.

Let's discuss the Tab 7.7, first. Samsung announced its original Galaxy Tab at the IFA event last year. That first tablet had a 7-inch display. Later, Samsung revealed tablets with 10.1- and 8.9-inch displays. Given the timeframe, it stands to reason that Samsung would use the IFA event to again launch a new Android tablet. This one will presumably have a 7.7-inch display, as Samsung has used the model numbers of its other tablet products to denote screen dimensions. Aside from the name, we know nothing else about this potential product, but we can guess that it will run Android Honeycomb.

Moving in reverse order, the Wave 3 is next. We know that the original Wave and Wave 2 were both smartphones running Samsung's homegrown Bada operating system. The Wave 3 will probably be the first smartphone to run the newest version of Bada. As with previous Wave-branded handsets, it likely won't be sold in the U.S., keeping to Asian and European markets.

Last, there's this quizzical Galaxy Note product. What could that be? A notebook? A netbook? Another Chromebook? Or, perhaps, an e-reader of some sort? At this point, it could be anything. Samsung has released a handful of products that run Android and aren't phones, such as media players. Perhaps the Galaxy Note is an e-reader based on Android.

We'll find out for sure when Samsung takes the stage at IFA in Berlin on September 1.

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