MWC 2011: Samsung Revisits the Galaxies

BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2011 -- Samsung Corp. unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab II -- its follow-ups to the popular series of Galaxy phones and tablet -- at a press conference here Sunday before Mobile World Congress opened its doors.

Samsung spent most of its time touting the face-lift given to the Galaxy II that makes it well-suited for the enterprise. The vendor has teamed with Sybase Inc. for security features that take Android into BlackBerry's turf, such as remote mobile device management and secure controls down to the app level. It's also working with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) to bring voice over Wi-Fi, WebEx and VPN support.

Other notable features of the devices are listed below.

Samsung Galaxy S II
  • Near-field communications (NFC) chip for contactless payments
  • Samsung's 1GHz dual-core Central Processing Unit (CPU)
  • Four Samsung Mobile Widget Hubs: readers hub, game hub, music hub, social hub
  • Android's 2.3 Gingerbread operating system
  • Larger screen, but thinnest and lightest design ever
  • HSPA+ up to 21 Mbit/s
  • Cordless synchronization with any Wi-Fi-enabled device, including TVs and netbooks
  • Vlingo-powered voice commands and control
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus (Super Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode Plus) display

"The screen is wider, clearer and definitely easier on the eyes," said Thomas Richter, head of portfolio management at Samsung Telecommunications Europe. "It's a delight to look at," he added objectively.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Weighs 21 ounces
  • 10.9 mm thin
  • 10.1-inch touch screen
  • Nvidia Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA)'s dual-core Tegra CPU
  • 16GB or 32GB of storage
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera and 8-megapixel camera in back

Samsung is hoping to build on the momentum it gained with the original versions in 2010 when it became the leading Android manufacturer. It sold 10 million Galaxy S smartphones and 2 million Galaxy Tabs last year. (See OS Watch: Samsung Tabulates a Record Quarter.)

The phones were buoyed by their relationship with all four Tier 1 U.S. wireless operators, although a Samsung spokesman said there are no plans to bring either of the follow-ups to North America at this point. (See Sprint's Galaxy Tab in a Subsidy Orbit, Device Watch: T-Mobile Gets Galaxy Tab Sans HSPA+, 4G World: Verizon Picks Up the Tab, Samsung's US Galaxy Quest and Samsung Gets Epic With WiMax Smarty for Sprint.)

Both devices will be launched in Europe and Asia/Pacific, although pricing was unannounced. Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) will carry the Tab 10.1 in March. And, rest assured, we haven't seen the last of the Galaxy refreshes, Andrew Coughlin, head of account from Samsung Telecommunications Europe, told the media.

"This isn't the end of the evolution," Coughlin says. "In fact, it's only the beginning. Samsung won't stop."

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

fefefe 12/5/2012 | 5:12:55 PM
re: MWC 2011: Samsung Revisits the Galaxies

Something wrong with the figures?

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:12:50 PM
re: MWC 2011: Samsung Revisits the Galaxies

Yeah, something seems wrong there, unless Samsung has shipped 12 billion and now owns a small plastic landfill island of phones floating in the Pacific. Will double-check.

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