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Size matters as Samsung launches new smartphone, tablet

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom, in Barcelona
Monday 14 February 11

South Korean vendor takes on iPad with new Galaxy tablet; talks up importance of display and processing power as it demos new smartphone.

  Samsung on Sunday sent the message that big is beautiful as it launched the latest additions to its smartphone and tablet portfolios, focusing specifically on high-end display technology and faster processing. &ldquo…

 

Samsung on Sunday sent the message that big is beautiful as it launched the latest additions to its smartphone and tablet portfolios, focusing specifically on high-end display technology and faster processing.

“You can see everything on a larger screen,” JK Shin, president and head of mobile at the South Korean vendor told the audience at a high-energy Galaxy S II smartphone and tablet devices launch event at Mobile World Congress 2011.

The Galaxy S II smartphone features a 4.3-inch screen, but is thinner and lighter than its predecessor. “[We're doing] more with less,” Shin declared.

The Android 2.3-powered phone has a Super AMOLED Plus display that allows for crisper viewing and better battery life. It also features a dual-core application processor to facilitate faster browsing.

The new Galaxy Tab 10.1 also boasts the dual-core processor, but runs on Android 3.0. Crucially, it is significantly larger than Samsung's original Galaxy tab: the clue is in the name – it features a 10.1-inch display, putting it in direct competition with the slightly smaller iPad.

Last year Apple CEO Steve Jobs went on the offensive against makers of 7-inch tablets, insisting that the optimum screen size was that of his company's iPad, or just under 10 inches.

"The current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be D.O.A. – dead on arrival," Jobs famously declared in October. "The manufacturers will learn the painful lesson that their tablets are too small and they will increase the size next year," he predicted.

Samsung on Sunday proved Mr Jobs right.

The vendor has yet to announce pricing details or a release date. However, it revealed that the device will be available in Europe through Vodafone.

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