Samsung to introduce 4G tablets, dual core smartphones at MWC 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 10:24 by Tech Correspondent

Samsung plans to launch the next generation of its Galaxy Tab tablet and dual core smartphones at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona next month.

At CES 2011, J.K. Shin, president of Samsung Mobile, said the company would launch the next generation of its tablet devices at the MWC, and that these will include the new Galaxy Tabs. Samsung is said to have sold about 1.5 million Galaxy Tab tablet devices last year, of which half were sold in Europe and the U.S. alone.

At the CES 2011 last week, Samsung launched its new 7 Series tablets which have sliding and detachable QWERTY keyboards. However, the Samsung 7 Series Sliding tablet uses an Intel Oak Trail processor clocked at around 1.66MHz.

samsung galaxy tab photo

Photo: Samsung Galaxy Tab

Mobile devices now use multicore chipsets to deliver PC-like power without draining out the battery. Tablets such as the Motorola Xoom use dual core ARM based chipsets which offer about twice the speed of an Oak Trail processor. So the utility of Samsung’s sliding keyboard tablets as hybrids between PCs and tablets is somewhat watered down. It is therefore important for Samsung to have multicore devices in the market as well.

For now, Samsung isn’t revealing precisely what type of multicore products it will launch at the MWC 2011, but it is clear that the company does have more than one device and probably some that have odd form factors as well.

There have been reports that yet to be launched 2011 version of the Galaxy Tab (assuming it is called that) will have a 10-inch screen, up from 7 inches last year. The Samsung tablet is rumored to have an AMOLED display running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, supported by an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor. In the U.S., Samsung is expected to release a 4G LTE version of Galaxy Tab on Verizon.

And considering that Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile offer 4G services in the U.S., Samsung has already launched Infuse, a 4G smartphone, at CES 2011 and is aiming for its 4G phones to be available with all four major U.S. carriers in the coming months.

Samsung claims to have sold more than 270 million phones last year, and plans to sell 60 million smartphones in 2011. According to J.K. Shin, the global mobile phone market will increase by 10 percent this year, while the smartphone market will increase by about 35 percent.