Samsung has revealed its second-generation Galaxy S II smartphone and its brand new 10-inch Galaxy Tab at MWC.
Both devices run on the latest versions of Android.
The Galaxy S II claims the title of “world’s thinnest smartphone” at just 8.49mm thick. It also sports a dual-core 1GHz processor and runs on the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.
JK Shin, president and head of Samsung’s mobile communications business, said: 'In 2011, we will take Samsung’s leadership in speed, screen and content to a whole new level. With the Galaxy S II, Samsung wants to set the new standard of quality viewing on mobile, powerful performance, and slim and modern design.’
The device sports a Super AMOLED-based 4.27-inch 480×800 pixel display. It also has an A two-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera with flash for 1080p video recordings.
Samsung brings together social networking, reading, gaming, and music hubs for easy access to a variety of content. Other features include a panorama mode, DivX video playback, a 3.5mm headphone jack, an FM Radio, voice-to-text capabilities, and GPS navigation. The Galaxy S II also provides an accelerometer, ambient light, digital compass and proximity sensors with gyroscope.
An integrated NFC chip gives it a head start on tapping into emerging mobile payment technology. The smartphone is also aimed at enterprise users with data encryption, secure VPN connections, lost phone tracking, Microsoft Exchange, Cisco WebEx, and Mobile Hotspot Wi-Fi sharing.
Samsung’s 10.1 inch Galaxy Tablet also made its debut at MWC. It runs on Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Vodafone is Samsung’s launch partner for its latest tablet.
DJ Lee, executive VP and head of sales and marketing said: ‘As a leader in the Android-powered tablet market, Samsung is committed to providing a variety of feature-rich, always-on devices.
‘The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a valuable addition to our expanding portfolio of smart media devices. Sporting a large 10.1-inch screen and dual surround-sound speakers, it enables users to enjoy multimedia to the maximum extent without having to compromise mobility.’
The large display features a 1280x800 pixel resolution, an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus for 1080p HD recording, and a two-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. The new tabbed browser fully supports Adobe Flash content and HTML5 video as well.
The tablet runs on a dual-core 1GHz processor. A 6860 mAh battery pack gives it added life. It weighs just 599g and is just 10.9mm thick.
Both devices aim to lure the enterprise market. Tony Cripps, Ovum principal analyst said, but the jury is still out on how succesful that strategy will be. Cripps said: '‘Samsung has also been mindful of the growing opportunity for smart, “lite OS” devices in the business market following the ongoing success of RIM and, more pointedly, in light of Apple’s increasingly strong overtures towards this arena.
'To that end, the company’s newly announced portfolio of business apps and services to accompany its latest devices looks well thought out, with Microsoft, SAP/Sybase, Citrix, and Cisco leading the way and support from other enterprise “big guns” set to follow in due course.
‘We’re pleased to see Samsung prioritising its business offerings around integration with key apps and the need to manage smart devices in the context of existing business systems – the lack of such features still has the power to dissuade CIOs and IT managers from rolling out such technologies.
'Nevertheless, the company’s lack of pedigree in the enterprise mobility sector will necessitate considerable marketing effort and continuing R&D spend if it is to successfully challenge the competition here.’