Samsung Galaxy S II phone to land in India in May, tablets in June

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7:47 by Tech Correspondent

The much-awaited sequel to Samsung’s popular Galaxy S smartphone – Galaxy S II – will reach Indian shores in May.

This announcement was made by Samsung at the Samsung South West Asia Forum in New Delhi on Wednesday.  The Galaxy S II will be priced around Rs. 30,000 – the same price range at which the first flagship phone was launched in India.

Samsung Galaxy S II specifications

The successor to Galaxy S has a sleek and slim body. It measures 125 x 66 x 8 mm and weighs about 116 grams. It has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen with a display resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Must readCheap and best Android phones in India

Photo: Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung Galaxy S II runs on Google’s Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread operating system and can therefore use Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to read RFID tags and eventually to make mobile payments.

Recently, Google entered a tie-up with MasterCard and Citigroup to prepare for the debut of its NFC services. With this partnership, Samsung Galaxy S II users will be able to make payments through their credit/debit cards issued by Citigroup and MasterCard.

Samsung Galaxy S II is powered by a 1 GHz dual core processor for fluid and fast multitasking operations, and comes with 1GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Suggested read: Free mini speakers with Galaxy S

The Galaxy S II smartphone features an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording full HD videos.The 3G-enabled phone has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats also. Related: HTC Sensation multimedia phone

Other connectivity features of the phone include HDMI out, DLNA, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone gets its juice from a powerful 1650mAh battery.

Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab tablets

Samsung also announced that the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 Android tablets will launch in India in June. Suggested read: Apple iPad 2 India launch in April

The first Galaxy Tab is a 10-inch tablet that runs Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb OS. It doesn’t have a Samsung user interface and is meant to be a pure Android experience similar in that sense to the Motorola Xoom tablet – Google’s official Honeycomb standard. More info: Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch

The second Samsung Galaxy Tab with a middle-of-the-road 8.9-inch size also runs Honeycomb OS but with Samsung’s own UX on top of the Android UI. More info: Galaxy Tab 8.9 specs