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Say hello to the new and improved Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab 8.9.  (Source: Samsung)
South Korean phonemaker looks to make good even better

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO:005930) is the world's leading seller of handsets on the world's leading smartphone operating system -- Android OS.  While that has made it a tempting legal target to competitors [1][2], it has also been a financial boon to the South Korean electronics giant.

At the 
IFA 2012 trade show in Berlin this weekend, Samsung had some big news for Android fans pulling the wraps of refreshes to two familiar product lines.

The first new model is an improved model of the 
Samsung Galaxy S II.  The new model continues the dangerous game of mobile brinksmanship, upping its armaments to including a whopping 4.5-inch touch-screen display (up from 4.27 in.).  There's no word on the resolution, yet -- hopefully Samsung will look to match Apple's 960x640 iPhone 4 resolution, which currently is the highest resolution smartphone on the U.S. market.

Also new is a higher clocked 1.5 GHz dual-core, likely a clocked up Exynos system-on-a-chip, Samsung's in-house ARM Cortex A9 design.  Samsung also did not announce whether the width would change from the previously announced, industry-leading 8.49 mm.

The new model sports an LTE modem, meaning that it will likely hit America's Verizon Communications, Inc. (
VZ).  It will launch beside its (presumably) smaller-screen, slower-CPU Galaxy S II brethren -- the HSPA+ Samsung Hercules and the LTE Samsung Epic 4G Touch (names unconfirmed).  The Hercules is rumored to get at least the display bump as well -- no word yet on the Epic 4G Touch.

The package is rounded out with an 8 MP camera, an 8-device capable Wi-Fi hotspot (rather ludicrous from a bandwidth proposition), an 1850mAh battery, and 
NFC (Near Field Communications).  The phone runs on Android 2.3 "Gingerbread".

While the new LTE-equipped Galaxy S II is sure to titillate smart phone fans, tablet fans also were given something to get excited for.

Samsung announced an LTE-equipped Galaxy Tab 8.9, an 8.9-inch tablet running Android 3.1 "Honeycomb".  The new tablet on the block will join the growing Galaxy Tab family, which includes the original 7-inch model, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (inch) model.  

The tablet also sports the new 1.5 GHz dual-core and includes a 3 MP camera.  It remains a slender 8.6 mm -- thinner than Apple, Inc.'s (
AAPL) iPad 2.

Speaking of Apple, the new tablet's international release could be blocked if Apple is able to secure victories in its numerous international lawsuits against Samsung.  Apple claims to own design patents that grant it exclusive ownership to minimalist (button-wise), thin multi-touch tablet designs.  Things seem to be headed in the opposite direction, though -- Apple was 
handed an unfavorable decision by a Dutch-court last week.  The Dutch court rebuffed Apple's claim to minimalist tablet exclusivity, saying Samsung did not violate Apple's design patents.  

Apple must now try to convince courts in America, 
Australia, Germany, and South Korea to see things differently.  Given that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 looks like a smaller Galaxy Tab 10.1, the outcome of those cases should decide whether Samsung would be able to sell its new tablet in those regions.

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By HandiCapable on 8/29/2011 9:05:39 AM , Rating: 2
Hmm, something tells me you're not using a BB. If the next iPhone doesn't have an LTE radio and a larger screen it's going to suffer in side by side comparison both in speed and to the new HD 1280x720 screens, such as the HTC Vigor. Do you really think Apple is going to go another year with a 3.5" display and without LTE and dual core? I think that would be a mistake. Now if they would just cut the cord with iTunes and support flash...

RE: Android + huge screen + 1.5 GHz dual core =
By Pirks on 8/29/11, Rating: -1
By HandiCapable on 8/29/2011 9:37:48 AM , Rating: 2
"Something tells me I'm using a BB Torch 9860." Sorry for making an assumption. Usually BB users are less snarky. I stand corrected :)

I would love to see RIM rebound in truth. Strong competition is good for all. But their double digit declines in market share are discouraging. Maybe the fact the latest Playbook update looks like it will support Android apps will save them?

RE: Android + huge screen + 1.5 GHz dual core =
By Pirks on 8/29/2011 9:48:04 AM , Rating: 1
their double digit declines in market share are discouraging
"The BlackBerry has 40% smartphone market share in 2009, but total smartphones in the US as a percentage of all cell phones was only 19%. So RIM had 40% of a 19% market. Fast forward to 2011. Smartphones now account for 40% of all cell phones in the US. And RIM's share is down to 24.7%. If I was running a business selling smartphones, I'd prefer 24.7% of 40% over 40% of 19% everyday of the week. "

By HandiCapable on 8/29/2011 10:07:43 AM , Rating: 2
According to some sources, RIM's market share fell to 11-12 percent in the last reported quarter. I think the trend represents a larger decline than the growth of the overall smartphone market can compensate for if it continues. That's what I was refering to. They're not out by any means, but I'm not investing in RIM right now. However, now may actually be the time if you are bullish on them they do manage to rebound.

From Bloomberg,

RE: Android + huge screen + 1.5 GHz dual core =
By Pirks on 8/29/2011 10:41:19 AM , Rating: 2
We could be potentially talking about different market shares, there's sales market share and installed base market share. I don't know if you are talking about sales or the other one, if we compare different market shares then it won't make any sense. So, without precise info I can't say anything, gotta wait till Sept 15th when the new quarterly report comes.

By HandiCapable on 8/29/2011 11:12:01 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I was referring to share of sales, which is a leading indicator of future installed base if the trend is consistent. My hope is that the 80+% decline in company value over the last 3 years or so ends up being an opportunity for investment rather then a death knell.

By Pirks on 8/29/2011 11:24:39 AM , Rating: 1
My hope is that the 80+% decline in company value over the last 3 years or so ends up being an opportunity for investment rather then a death knell.
MS company value is stale for decade, RIM company value plummeted, and Apple company value soared. Still all three companies are healthy, have large cache reserves and hefty profit margins. Also all three of them are growing, hiring people and/or purchasing other smaller companies all the time (side note: just got two of my close linkedin contacts hired by RIM a week ago with some sweet salaries and relocation packages... also got contacted by MS recruiters like 6 times already in the past 2 years, but wouldn't budge yet ;)).

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