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In the Stars with Samsung Galaxy S II and Tab 10.1

In the Stars with Samsung Galaxy S II and Tab 10.1



In the Stars with Samsung Galaxy S II and Tab 10.1

Aligned with the Planets

First glimpsed at the Samsung Unpacked event at MWC 2011, both the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will finally arrive on our shores...soon. They are both a little different from the last time we saw them in the flesh (the latter boasting of physical changes; the former gets a hardware upgrade and exclusive software tie-ups), but let's not dwell too much in the past. Nonetheless, if you do want to check our past coverage out, do click here. Otherwise, check out our coverage below:

Samsung Galaxy S II 

The Samsung Galaxy S II has shown itself as a worth successor to the earlier Samsung Galaxy S for a few reasons: a dual-core processor, which got bumped up to 1.2GHz, a thinner profile at 8.49mm from its original 9.9mm and most importantly, an improved Super AMOLED Plus, offering 50% more sub-pixels, thus improving its overall quality. Beyond its hardware improvements, the Galaxy S II will also be preloaded with a variety of apps exclusive to this dual-core smartphone.

And for those who wish to purchase the Galaxy S II, we have some good news. Unlike its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S II won't be tied exclusively to a specific telco and will be available from June 2011 onwards.





  

Key highlights of the Samsung Galaxy S II (16GB)

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 1.2 GHz Dual Core Application Processor
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct
  • 4.27-inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus / 800 x 480 pixels
  • Main(Rear): 8.0-Mega Pixel Camera AF with LED Flash / Front: 2.0-Mega Pixel Camera
  • FULL HD(1080p)@30fps recording
  • 16GB + microSD (up to 32GB)
  • SRS DLNA (AllShare)
  • Samsung Hub (Social, Readers - upcoming, Game - upcoming, Music) & USB OTG (Upcoming)
  • 1650mAh battery
  • 116g
  • 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm
     
  • Available in June 2011
  • Priced at S$998 (GST included) without line contract

                       

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Lest some of you are confused with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, here's what you need to know. What was shown during MWC 2011 has been redesignated as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v, which comes in with a thicker profile and a camera sensor with a higher megapixel count. During CTIA 2011, the Korean chaebol made a surprise announcement, revealing a new tablet that matches the Apple iPad 2 in terms of weight, thickness and even pricing. Henceforth, this new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, measuring in at only 8.4mm in thickness and sporting the same dual-core processor, will be available in Singapore from July 2011. As for its pricing in Singapore, here's the breakdown for the Wi-Fi and 3G versions with various storage capacities:

  16GB 32GB 64GB
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (3G) S$848 S$978 S$1108
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (WiFi) S$668 S$798 S$928














 

  Key highlights of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

  • Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
  • 1GHz Dual Core application processor
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • 10.1-inch TFT/ 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Main(Rear): 3.0-Mega Pixel Camera AF with LED Flash / Front: 2.0-Mega Pixel Camera
  • 1080p FullHD Video @ 24fps
  • Samsung Hub (Social, Readers, Game, Music) & USB OTG (Upcoming)
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB
  • 7000mAh battery
  • 560g (Wi-Fi)/565g (3G)
  • 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.6mm
     
  • Available in July 2011
     

 

For those anxious to try out the tablet, you can swing by Samsung's store at Vivocity - prototype units will be displayed there for a short period of time for walk-in customers. While the product will not be on sale during the upcoming PC Show, Samsung has made mention that units will be displayed throughout partner booths at the event itself for attendees to take a swing at it. The white version will officially come to Singapore in July, but as to which version - 3G or WiFi -, tablets enthusiasts have to wait for a while longer for the updates.