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February 13, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Mobile World: Samsung shows a new Galaxy tablet and smartphone

BARCELONA, Spain — Samsung will start selling a new Galaxy tablet and smartphone this spring, the company said at a news conference at Mobile World Congress on Sunday.

The South Korean electronics company is moving aggressively in the smartphone and tablet market to launch new products. It was a year ago when the first Galaxy S smartphone, and the first version of the Galaxy Tab just started selling in November. Both run on Google’s mobile operating system, Android. The company did not make any announcements regarding new devices that would run Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s mobile operating system.

Samsung Galaxy Tab MWC 2011.jpg

The new Galaxy Tab 10.1 will have a screen as big as its namesake, 10.1 inches. Unlike the first Tab and Apple’s iPad, the backside is textured so it won’t slide off a desk or airplane tray. Like the iPad, it has a circular metal plate on the backside featuring Samsung’s logo.

The company said it will launch in Europe — but not in the U.S. — in March. Samsung did not give out pricing. The previous Samsung Tab also launched first in Europe and Asia before it started selling in the U.S.

Samsung said it has shipped two million Galaxy Tabs since November. That’s a shipment number, not the number of Tabs sold or activated. Here are some other stats on the new tablet:

  • Dual-core Nvidia 1-gigahertz processor
  • 11 millimeters thick
  • Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system
  • A new screen material called enhanced TFT screen where the glass is more closely bonded, making it easier to read in outdoor light
  • Dual cameras, with an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 2 megapixel camera on the front for video conferencing
  • Weighs 1.32 pounds
  • Available with 16 gigabytes or 32 gigabytes of storage
  • Available through wireless carriers, running 4G HSPA+ speeds of up to 21 MBS. No wi-fi only version available.

Samsung Galaxy S.jpgThe Galaxy S II smartphone that runs Google Android will come out in February outside the U.S. The company is not talking about plans in the U.S. for this device. Samsung has shipped (again, not sold) 10 million Galaxy S smartphones.

This phone will run Google’s operating system, Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The company did not give pricing for the phone either, but here are some details on the phone:

  • 4.27-inch screen with super AMOLED technology, which makes the screen sharper and brighter.
  • 1-gigahertz dual-core processor.
  • 8.49 millimeter thick.
  • Dual cameras, 8-megapixel camera on the back, 2-megapixel camera on the front.
  • Video playback of 1080p.
  • Available with 16 gigabytes or 32 gigabytes of storage.

(Photos of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy S II by Sharon Chan / The Seattle Times)

Update 11:47 a.m.: Will Stofega, an analyst for IDC who covers mobile devices and operating systems, said he is waiting to see how the new Galaxy Tab looks when it starts selling. The first version, he said, “It was just a get it out there, just have a placeholder.” He said the success of the next tablet from Samsung will depend on the new version of Android. “Honeycomb is going to make it [or break it] for them,” he said.

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