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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Samsung announced Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung announced their latest phone and tablet this week at MWC, the Galaxy S II, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Both are sequels of sorts to their existing devices and both push the envelope. Nothing about price, release date, or even what country both will be for sale in was announced, but the devices are coming sometime this year.

To start, the Galaxy S II is a powerful follow-up to the original Galaxy S line. It packs a dual core CPU, a larger 4.3" screen, full 1080 HD video recording, front facing camera, all packed in a body that's thinner than the previous model and even thinner than the iPhone 4. It also features the same NFC technology as the Nexus S. Samsung is claiming it's the world's thinnest smartphone, and they just might be right. The device is running Android 2.3, Gingerbread.

Next is the Galaxy Tab 10.1, named for it's screen size. It's a Honeycomb tablet aimed to compete with the Xoom and G-Slate. It features a dual core CPU, and the same full HD recording and front facing camera as the Galaxy S II.

Read more about these devices at Android Central and Engadget.

These are some seriously impressive devices. The fact that the Galaxy S II manages to cram so much computing power into such a crazy thin body is awesome in itself. After Samsung's latest upgrade fiasco, though, I can't say I'm all to anxious to get one of these. But even so, they still are some nice looking pieces of hardware and will probably sell even better than the devices they're replacing.

I have to admit that these are pretty impressive, and they look really nice. But it's really just not worth the risk that they'll never ever get updated.

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