Samsung is going to release Galaxy S2 and a new Samsung Galaxy Tab at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011, according to an internal Samsung PR document that tech blog Electronista.com has hold of.
Shin Jong Kyun, the head of mobile at Samsung, recently said in the company’s financial report that the sequel to Galaxy S will have a dual core 1 GHz processor. Galaxy Tab 2 will also run on a 1 GHz Orion processor with 32 KB data cache, 32 KB instruction cache and 1 MB L2 cache. The device will be capable of full HD video playback and recording as well.
The new Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Tab 2 are likely to have Super AMOLED displays, and going by the rapidity with which Samsung usually employs new technology, there’s a chance the new devices might support glassless 3D technology, which Samsung already has the knowhow for. The original Galaxy S and GalaxyTab were also certified by DivX for performing HD playback in DivX format well, so it is likely that the new devices will also similarly guarantee quality of entertainment.
Galaxy S2 is rumored to have a 4.3 inch touchscreen. It will probably run Android Gingerbread 2.3 and have an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip embedded in it so that the device will be able to make mobile payments and read RFID tags. It is expected to have an 8 mega pixel camera with LED flash; connect using Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, GPRS, Bluetooth 3.0, and be DLNA compliant, which means it will communicate with other DLNA compliant devices such as HDTVs.
Galaxy S2 is crucial for the company as its current flagship Samsung Galaxy S has sold over 10 million units.
GalaxyTab 2 will likely run on Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It is expected to have a 10 inch screen, up three inches from its predecessor.
Within a few months of launch, 2 million units of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and about 10 million units of Galaxy S smartphone have been sold. Samsung sold more than 80 million phones in the fourth quarter of 2010, an improvement of 17 per cent over the previous year, and all together 280 million phones last year, registering a 23 per cent growth in sales volumes. The company sold 30 million smartphones in 2010 and hopes to sell twice that many in 2011.
Google recently released its Nexus S smartphone which was designed in close association with Samsung and is a hardware standard for Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Nexus S is called so after the Galaxy S and the Nexus One which is the first Google branded phone and was made by HTC. Samsung last month revealed Samsung Galaxy Ace 3G device, which is also called Galaxy S Mini, but the company seems to have better things up its sleeves scheduled for release next month at MWC 2011.