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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 nafhan on 8/29/2011 11:03:01 AM , Rating: 1
Larger screen generally means more room for the battery. So, this may actually have better battery life than a smaller phone when used as a wifi hotspot, etc.

Honestly, would you prefer the back of the box say something like "Really fast!" instead of 1.5Ghz? I wouldn't... Anyway, selling based on specs is nothing new in any industry. If a product doesn't have specs listed the specs suck. Apple, for instance, makes a huge deal about the awesome new product specs ever year.


RE: Android + huge screen + 1.5 GHz dual core =
By Pirks on 8/29/2011 11:13:39 AM , Rating: 1
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Larger screen generally means more room for the battery
Dubious, given the obsession with thin devices. Make it larger but thinner ==>> battery volume stays the same ==>> bye bye long battery life
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would you prefer the back of the box say something like "Really fast!" instead of 1.5Ghz?
If you buy based on ads and box labels you fail. Real users buy based on their own experience, brand and reviews. Specs are usually the last on the list. I.e. when you buy a car you usually buy a family sedan, or a van, or a small commuter car, etc. Then you look for comfort, noise insulation, feel of the interior, then may be as a last check you have a brief look at the HP rating and how many cylinders it has and what injection system it uses, although for 99% of car buyers all this spec voodoo means sh1t. Same for everything else, including smartphones.
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Anyway, selling based on specs is nothing new in any industry
Well, in computers and smartphones Apple trailed specs of the other OEMs and still beat the crap out of them financially. Why? Because most people don't care about specs, they care much more about comfort, user interface and reliability.


RE: Android + huge screen + 1.5 GHz dual core =
By ipay on 8/29/2011 5:08:08 PM , Rating: 2
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Well, in computers and smartphones Apple trailed specs of the other OEMs and still beat the crap out of them financially. Why? Because most people don't care about specs, they care much more about comfort, user interface and reliability.

Apple isn't beating the crap out of anyone in computers. They make all their money from iOS devices.

Besides, Apple specifically switched from PPC -> Intel in order to keep up with the specs of their competition, and these days they are pretty much even with them. They just charge an extra $100-$300 for the same specs.


By Pirks on 8/29/2011 5:46:22 PM , Rating: 2
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They make all their money from iOS devices
Q3 2011 Revenue by Product
Desktops: $1.58 billion, up 21 percent from $1.3 billion a year earlier.
Portables: $3.525 billion, up 14 percent from $3.1 billion a year earlier.

Their revenue from selling Macs last quarter was more than FIVE BILLION DOLLARS.

Are you still going to keep lying about them making nothing from Macs and making all their money from iOS?

The whole Dell with their gazillions of units shipped got only 15 billions of revenue, with just one billion of income, that's peanuts compared to what Apple makes on every Mac sold. Huge Apple's profit margins ==>> pwning of the other OEMs who can't achieve Apple's level of profitability no matter how hard they try.


By Pirks on 8/29/2011 5:59:04 PM , Rating: 2
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They just charge an extra $100-$300 for the same specs
Now go tell your fairy tales to all those poor SOBs who bought C2D based MacBook Airs when everyone else was buying Core i5s and i7s in Windows lappys :P They gonna LOL at ya my friend. Same specs my ass :)))


RE: Android + huge screen + 1.5 GHz dual core =
By nafhan on 8/30/2011 9:11:53 AM , Rating: 3
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Make it larger but thinner ==>> battery volume stays the same ==>> bye bye long battery life
Expand a lot in two directions, while shrinking a small amount in one direction and keeping other internal components the same size = lots more room for battery. OEM's may or may not make use of that space, though.

Back of box = list of specs, and I think you knew that. And, yes, I would rather see actual specs rather than nebulous claims about how it's 100% faster than the best competitors product or whatever.
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they [people] care much more about comfort, user interface and reliability.
While people undoubtedly care about that stuff, I'll just say I disagree with that being the main reasons people buy Apple products...


RE: Android + huge screen + 1.5 GHz dual core =
By Pirks on 8/30/2011 12:34:15 PM , Rating: 2
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I would rather see actual specs rather than nebulous claims about how it's 100% faster than the best competitors product or whatever
LOL :))) as if your "2.333444555 GHz CPU INSIDE" label on the back will tell you anything useful... considering that this particular CPU maybe ARM 11, or Cortex A9, or some Tegra, or Kal-El, or maybe some low power Intel x86 chip... or what not. Keep enjoying your useless "XXX GHz INSIDE" labels, haha


RE: Android + huge screen + 1.5 GHz dual core =
By nafhan on 8/31/2011 5:34:47 PM , Rating: 2
I guess you're making the assumption that clockspeed would be the only spec available. I wasn't...


RE: Android + huge screen + 1.5 GHz dual core =
By Pirks on 9/1/2011 7:55:23 AM , Rating: 2
I guess you're making the assumption that detailed CPU architecture info would be printed on the box. I wasn't...


RE: Android + huge screen + 1.5 GHz dual core =
By nafhan on 9/1/2011 9:04:46 AM , Rating: 2
No, not "detailed", but something halfway meaningful like "Qualcomm S1/S2" may be on there.


By Pirks on 9/4/2011 7:42:28 AM , Rating: 2
Keep dreaming.


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