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Samsung confirms Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab II early

updated 04:25 am EST, Sun February 13, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S II and Tab II official early

Samsung confirmed its Mobile World Congress plans early with details of its two flagships. The Galaxy Tab II is now slightly larger than the iPad it goes up against with a 10.1-inch, 1280x800 display much like the Motorola Xoom. It uses what should be a stock version of Android 3.0 and runs on a 1GHz (likely dual-core) processor that can record 1080p video from the rear eight-megapixel camera.

The Galaxy S II mostly fits recent expectations and centers on a dual-core 1GHz processor, a sharper 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, HSPA+ 3G and an eight-megapixel camera with 1080p video. It's now known to come with either 16GB or 32GB of included storage and to support mobile HDTV viewing, though in which countries wasn't mentioned.

Software will be a key factor as it will now have the same Music Hub and Readers Hub as the Galaxy Tab along with a Games Hub and the usual Social Hub. More details are expected to come from Samsung's press event in Barcelona this evening.

The Galaxy Tab II sets a potentially high hurdle for the next iPad, its main rival. Most now expect Apple to move to dual-core and to use much faster dual PowerVR SGX543 graphics that could achieve similar 1080p performance. A new iPad could be ready as soon as March or April and might leave Samsung just a short window in which to claim a performance lead.

Galaxy Tab II

Galaxy S II

By Electronista Staff


  1. Feathers

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    Features vs Tech

    It appears that new Samsung's will be feature laden; a decent camera, decent screen etc. Given that traditionally Apple have emphasized underlying tech over surface features; build quality, battery life etc., as the gap in tech closes, Apple may have to improve on features. The rumored iPod Touch spec cameras may not cut it. The addition of an SDXC card slot could be the first concession to the need for slightly better "features". I hope so. In this regard, I'm one of those people waiting for improvement on this side of the equation before I buy an iPad... and it will be an iPad, not an HP, Samsung, Blackberry or Motorola.

  1. ebeyer

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    Competition is good.

  1. Parky

    Mac Elite

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    Key question?

    How much?

  1. joecab

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    I still don't get it

    Why does everything have to have a freakin' camera? Especially something larger than an iPad?

  1. hayesk

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    Don't get it

    With the exception of a notification log, this Honeycomb OS doesn't seem to offer anything more than gimmicky eye candy - like the silly Windows Aero interface. I don't see anything that actually will increase productivity.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    the camera makes it useful for business

    we used to do site survey's for installing satellite dishes - but the same could go for a lot of jobs - when you are carrying around the thing trying to document this or that, you don't want to just describe what you are seeing, you want to snap a photo and include that in the documentation.

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  1. chippie

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    You seem to not be able to see beyond your eyelids. How do you know the merits or disadvantages of Honeycomb when it is not commercially available and test models of tablets running it haven't been given to the tech press? You seem to be one who could not see productivity in a beehive at high noon( hah, hah). The ipad is nothing if not a big piece of eye candy posing as the door to apple's candy shop. People seem to like eye candy wherever they find it. What's your problem?

  1. TomMcIn

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    Back Camera

    I have waited for the iPad2 and would like it to have about a 5MP Back camera for both the odd picture and to "digitize / photocopy" some paper documents. Can live without a Retina class display. No way do I want to get lost in the Android maze.

  1. IxOsX

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    I like it

    This promise a lot. I think we are just watching a new technological leap.

    Paper, Pencil and the abacus -> Giant Mainframes with valves -> Micro-Computers -> Desktops-> Laptops -> Tablets/Pads

    Remember this day, that began with a visionary man called Steve Jobs.

  1. chippie

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    More screen real estate
    More screen pixels
    8 megapixel rear camera
    Front facing camera
    Dual core processor
    HD video recording
    SD card slot
    Further OSX dashboard that you like has no iOS equivalent. The" app for that" has repeatedly been rejected by the Cupertino crew. apple inc.
    If none of these are capable of increasing your productivity, your job may be as exciting as watching paint dry! And apple not approving your dashboard eye candy for ipad may explain why you have a bee in your bonnet.

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