The more, the merrier. Faster and stronger. These seem to be Samsung’s battlecries for its next wave of attacks against its competitors. Proof of that is the bagful of new upcoming Android phones that the Korean electronics company will be unveiling at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA 2011), an international consumer electronics fair to be held in Berlin this week.
Under the “faster and sronger” category are 4G LTE versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, both of which Samsung has confirmed to be debuted along with other Android and non-Android Samsung handsets at the IFA 2011.
Promising download speeds of up to 100 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 50 Mbps, 4G LTE in a smartphone provides blazing Internet speeds up to five times the speed on the fastest HSPA+ connection. Put that technology on a powerful Android device such as the Samsung Galaxy S II or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, and you can just imagine how smooth the Internet experience can be on these devices.
The Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, previously codenamed the Samsung Celox and frequently referred to as the Samsung Galaxy S III, was first spotted early this month in Korea. A few of the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE’s first leak photoscame shortly after and showed essentially a Samsung Galaxy S II with several upgraded components. The most significant, of course, is the presence of 4G LTE capability.
The Samsung Celox or Samsung Galaxy S II LTE has a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen (800×480), which is slightly bigger than the 4.3-inch touchscreen on the original Samsung Galaxy S II. All that glorious Super AMOLED Plus display and 4G LTE speeds are powered by a dual-core processor (no official word on the brand, but we’re guessing either Qualcomm Snapdragon or Samsung’s own Exynos chipset) running at 1.5 GHz with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread pulling the strings.
The Samsung Galaxy S II LTE will also be capable of HD photos and videos, courtesy of its 8-megapixel primary camera and 1.3-megapixel secondary camera. Reports also say that it will have 16 GB of internal storage (expandable to 32 GB), 1 GB of RAM, and a 1,750-mAh battery. Its back plate–as far as leaked photos show–also suggests a brushed metal finish. The original Galaxy S II has a textured back cover.
Samsung has also confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE will be able to tether up to eight different devices on Wi-Fi.
This one provides comfortable middle ground for those who find the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 too small and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 too huge. It can also keep a stable balance between productivity and entertainment, especially with 4G LTE capability built in.
Samsung’s official announcement didn’t mention much about the specs, but we get a strong feeling that the upcoming version will retain most, if not all, of the previously reported Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 specs. Samsung has also confirmed that its TouchWiz interface will be on board.
Samsung has not confirmed most of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE specs, but based on earlier reports, it will most likely have a dual-core processor, Android 3.1 Honeycomb, 3-megapixel primary camera, 2-megapixel secondary camera, at least 16 GB of internal storage, and 1280×800 display resolution.
The time is ripe for the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE. First announced by Samsung last March, the wait of about five months is probably worth it for some people because of the 4G LTE connectivity that this 8.9-inch Honeycomb tablet comes with. A much smaller tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, will also be unveiled at the IFA 2011. These two ought to provide more choices for those looking for their next Honeycomb tablets.
We have yet to find more details about the release dates, availability, and pricing for these two LTE-capable Android devices. Perhaps Samsung will provide more specific information at the IFA 2011 this week.
Samsung has also announced earlier that it will be showcasing at the IFA 2011 four new smartphones named after the new naming system for its Samsung Galaxy brand of devices.
Those are not all. A curious user tinkered with Samsung’s official Android app for the IFA 2011 and discovered two possible Android devices that may also show up at the Berlin expo this week: the Samsung Galaxy Note and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.
Are you grabbing one of these when they hit the stores?