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Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung reveals its next generation smartphones, tablet

Samsung teased its replacement for the original Galaxy S back in mid-January, but the company today made its announcement official. The company pulled the wraps off the Galaxy S II

The Galaxy S II -- like most new high-end smartphones being introduced in 2011 -- incorporates a new dual core processor (running at 1GHz). In addition, the phone supports HSPA+ and has dual cameras (8MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front camera for video conferencing).

Also new is a 4.27" Super AMOLED Plus display which Samsung says features industry-leading "color gamut, contrast ratio and edge sharpness".

Thankfully, the Galaxy S II will not be gimped like a lot of new Android smartphones introduced recently. It will be running Google's latest smartphone operating system, Android 2.3 "Gingerbread". 

“GALAXY S II is a natural and powerful evolution of GALAXY S," said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. "Building on the phenomenal success of the original Samsung GALAXY S, we are proud to unveil the ultimate smartphone. Consumers no longer have to contain themselves – the Samsung GALAXY S II allows them to design their own smart lives.” 

Samsung also today announced its new Galaxy Tab 10.1. This new, larger model -- as its name implies -- features a 10.1" display (1280x800). For comparison, the Apple iPad uses a 9.7" display, while the original Galaxy Tab gets by with just 7 inches of screen real estate

Like its Galaxy S II relative, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 1GHz dual-core processor, HSPA+ connectivity, and 8MP/2MP cameras. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 runs on Google's tablet-optimized Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" operating system, and will be available in 16GB and 32GB storage configurations. 

"As a leader in the Android-powered tablet market, Samsung is committed to providing a variety of feature-rich, always-on devices" said DJ Lee, Executive VP and Head of Sales & Marketing. "The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is a valuable addition to our expanding portfolio of smart media devices. Sporting a large 10.1 screen and dual surround-sound speakers, it enables users to enjoy multimedia to the maximum extent without having to compromise mobility.

There is no word on pricing or when either of Samsung's new Google-powered devices will be made available to the North American market.

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Gawd no...
By Landiepete on 2/14/2011 2:00:58 AM , Rating: 3
I sometimes wonder what all these manufacturers do all day.

We've had announcement upon announcemnt of these things ever since CES 2010. And I'll let you venture a guess on how many 10" or thereabouts tablets are actually available here in Europe, bar the iPad... it comes...(drumroll)


Yep. Not A SINGLE ONE is available in stores. There's a couple you can get from Amazon, like the Archos ones (who I don't really trust, since they've marketed some horrible stuff in the past), and there's the one they sell at PCWorld/Curry's/Dixons in the UK (IF they have stock, which is a bit of anyones guess at any given time). There's the Notion Ink, for which I was 'invited' to order (it's going to set me back about 750 Euros by the time it gets to me, and maybe I'll get it by April. Then again maybe not).

No HP, oo MSI, no Asus, no XOOM, no Streak, no nothing, zip, zilch, nada.

I'll probably end up with an iPad 2 in a few months, not because I want to, but because there's nothing else out there...

RE: Gawd no...
By dj LiTh on 2/14/2011 4:09:39 AM , Rating: 2
My friend saw the samsung galaxy s (1) tablet just a few weeks ago in the amsterdam airport while he was waiting for his plane.

RE: Gawd no...
By Landiepete on 2/14/2011 7:56:22 AM , Rating: 2
If you mean the Galaxy S...yes, I know it's out there. I own one. It's a phone. If you mean the Tab...yes, i know that too, it's a 7" phone.

What I want is a 10" (or thereabouts) pad with a decent screen. AFAIK none are on shelves, bar the ones I mentioned.

RE: Gawd no...
By robinthakur on 2/14/2011 7:33:21 AM , Rating: 2
Not only that, but squint and the Galaxy S 2 could be an iPhone 4...Seriously samsung, pay some decent designers

RE: Gawd no...
By Kiffberet on 2/14/2011 8:08:10 AM , Rating: 3
And by the time you do get your shiny new device, Samsung will have released another 5 models, and stopped supporting yours (software patches/updates etc). Within a year people in the street will be pointing and laughing at your new buggy phone, while you've still got 18 months on the contract...

Just get an ipad! YOu know where you are then.

RE: Gawd no...
By weskurtz0081 on 2/14/2011 9:57:52 AM , Rating: 2
I didn't realize there were 2.5 year contracts now!

What Samsung devices are no longer supported and buggy due to them not being supported anymore?

RE: Gawd no...
By Kiffberet on 2/14/11, Rating: 0
hey Samsung
By zmatt on 2/14/2011 8:02:57 AM , Rating: 5
Yeah that's nice and all, but where is Froyo for my captivate?

RE: hey Samsung
By weskurtz0081 on 2/14/2011 10:01:44 AM , Rating: 2
That's funny, just installed Froyo on the Vibrant, not sure why you don't have it on the Captivate yet.

It will be running Android 2.3...
By nafhan on 2/13/2011 7:18:59 PM , Rating: 5
It will be running Google's latest smartphone operating system, Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" FOREVER
Kidding of course... :)

Or Anywhere
By Shadowself on 2/13/2011 6:45:03 PM , Rating: 2
There is no word on pricing or when either of Samsung's new Google-powered devices will be made available to the North American market.

I read the article here and read the press releases. I saw no mention in either place of when these items will be available to the public anywhere -- not just no mention of when in "North America". When will they be available? March? June? At this point it seems as though it is anybody's guess.

RE: Or Anywhere
By marauder16 on 2/13/2011 7:41:35 PM , Rating: 2
engadget says March, Asia and Europe

Throw Away
By btc909 on 2/14/2011 1:26:22 PM , Rating: 2
So are all of the Galaxy S 1.x owners SOL when it comes to OS/Firmware updates? I looked last night for the T-Mobile Vibrant 2.2 update, nothing. 2.1 Update 1 was the latest. No i'm not willing to root a customers phone. Ooo I have a Galaxy S 1, time to toss it.

By quiksilvr on 2/13/2011 7:06:35 PM , Rating: 1
That would be great. I hope they change up their pricing scheme as follows:

7" WiFi 16 GB: $399
7" WiFi + 3G 16 GB: $499 ($249 on contract)

7" WiFi 32 GB: $499
7" WiFi + 3G 32 GB: $599 ($349 on contract)


10" WiFi 16 GB: $499
10" WiFi + 3G 16 GB: $599 ($349 on contract)

10" WiFi 32 GB: $599
10" WiFi + 3G 32 GB: $699 ($449 on contract)

And let's get Honeycomb on the lot

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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