Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 finally revealed!
Samsung mobile has had a phenomenal 2010 thanks to the success of its galaxy line of android based smartphones and the first promising android tablet, the Galaxy Tab. Their android dream is set to get even bigger in 2011 starting with the unveiling of its new generation smartphone and tablet for the new year. Samsung flaunted the successors to their formidable android army at MWC 2011, the Galaxy S 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, both of which come with mind boggling features and specs. Here’s a look at how these new entrants stack up against their android kin and the industry heavyweights like the iPhone4 and the iPad.
Galaxy S 2
Samsung has finally decided to turn its Galaxy line of phones into somewhat of a brand. The Galaxy S was a success and if things go as per Samsung’s plan, this one is sure to break the records that the Galaxy line of smartphones has set for Samsung.
The phone has a 4.3 inch SuperAmoled display ( that’s right!) with Gorilla Glass. It is powered by a 1GHz dual core ARM processor and runs the new android version 2.3 gingerbread with Samsung’s Touchwiz 4.0 atop the vanilla android UI. This phone also has some pretty impressive cameras, an 8MP rear camera capable of recording full HD video and a 2MP front facing camera for video calling and voip functions.
The phone when available will come in two models on 16 and 32 GB with micro sd card expandable upto 32GB. It will also carry the much hyped NFC ( near field communications) chip, and a FM player. It also packs all the standard positioning hardware such as accelerometer, gyro sensor, digital magnet and proximity sensor. The Galaxy S 2 is capable of pushing out HD video to your HD TV via a HDMI port.
Other standard features like WiFi and Bluetooth will also be available, although there is no news about its 4G capabilities.
Galaxy Tab 10.1
Samsung gave the world its first tablet that could compete with the iPad by launching the galaxy tab 7 inch tablet. Even though the tablet had impressive specs it could not make a dent in the iPad’s armour. It seems this time around Samsung is a wiser tablet maker with its second offering, a 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab successor that also sports a 1GHz dual core processor. The tablet runs on Google’s tablet specific android version 3.0 dubbed Honeycomb.
Although the specifications are still not very clear, the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 is likely to be available in a 16GB and a 32GB version. It will also feature an 8GB rear facing camera capable of recording full HD video and a 2MP front facing one. Since HD TV output is becoming a standard addition these days, the lack of one comes as a surprise. Also the slot for an expandable micro sd card is missing. The lack of these does take a bit of sheen off the device as most other competitors consider these a must for any high end tablet. It will support WiFi and Bluetooth but again, no news about its 4G capabilities.
In the End..
Samsung did announce in the end of 2010 that they will be looking at windows phone 7 as the major platform to concentrate on in 2011. That being said, Samsung is still doing well on its android front. The previous generations of both these devices have enjoyed great success and these seem to be headed in the same direction, but with other manufacturers also offering high end devices with similar specifications, the pricing of these devices will prove critical in the make or break of Samsung’s 2011 android dream.
What’s your take?
[Guest article by Chaitanya Khanapure.]