Sunday, February 26, 2012

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), refreshed Galaxy Beam projector phone

There have been concerns that with the Google / Motorola deal coming to a close, some Android OEMs will bolt, but it doesn't seem like Samsung is one of those. Just about two weeks after announcing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), the Korean giant has announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) and the Samsung Galaxy Beam, which will be an update to the original combo smartphone / projector device launched in 2010.

For the Galaxy Beam, there will be many improvements on the original device. It will sport Gingerbread (Android 2.3), a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 8GB of internal storage (the original had 16GB), 768MB of RAM (the original had only 384MB of RAM), and just like the original an integrated projector capable of a brightness level of 15 lumens. There's no word on exact release date or pricing.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) joins the earlier (7.0) version, adding its 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 LCD screen to the earlier's more modest 7-inch 1280 x 600 screen. The device will carry a 1GHz dual core processor and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and wills port a 1GHz dual-core processor.

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It will be 9.7mm thick, carry 1GB of RAM , and come in both 3G (HSPA+) + wi-fi and wi-fi only versions. Both versions will have a 3-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera, as well as Bluetooth 3.0, GPS. The 3G version ONLY will carry a proximity sensor.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) will come with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. Samsung says it will launch in the U.K. sometime next month alongside the 7-inch version. There is no exact launch date or pricing yet.

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