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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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RE: Android + huge screen + 1.5 GHz dual core =
By Boze on 8/29/2011 9:29:23 AM , Rating: 0
The ever-increasing Android market share proves that once again you have your finger on the pulse of the mobile market.

So sarcasm aside...

Who really, truly cares about battery life nowadays? I have a Duracell PPS2 Li-ion Battery charger, to which I can connect any USB cable of any type and plug into my devices to recharge them.

I have my netbook nearby most of the time, so I can plug my phone into it to charge up.

When I don't have those two things nearby, that means I'm in the office, which means I have access to an electrical outlet, which means I can plug in.

I have a Verizon USB car charger with additional USB connection that I can use to charge my phone and any other USB device.

I have a small, roll-up solar battery recharger with USB plugs that I can use anywhere there's sunlight, which is everywhere on Planet Earth.

So you'll forgive me if I don't see the urgency of having an 8.5 to 10 hour battery in today's modern world.

By amanojaku on 8/29/2011 9:41:52 AM , Rating: 4
Who really, truly cares about battery life nowadays?
I do. The whole point behind technology is to make life more convenient. Which sounds more convenient, carrying:

1) A phone that actually has 6-8 hours of talk time, 10-12 hours of video playback, or some combination of 8+ hours of operation, needing one recharge overnight


* I have a Duracell PPS2 Li-ion Battery charger

* I have my netbook nearby most of the time

* Access to an electrical outlet

* I have a Verizon USB car charger

* I have a small, roll-up solar battery recharger

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