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Samsung Launches Tab 2 Series, Projector Phone

2/27/2012 09:25:56 AM Eastern
Barcelona, Spain - Samsung announced an expanded Tab 2 tablet series here at the Mobile World Congress (MWC).

The company also unveiled a smartphone with built-in projector that projects games, videos and photos on a wall at up to 50 inches in width.

 Earlier this month, the company announced the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) with 7-inch screen, but the series now gets a 10.1-inch version with most of the same features. Both are the brand's first tablets with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. Both also double as cellphones because they also make regular circuit-switched cellular voice calls.

 The 7.0 is designed mainly for on-the-go use, while the larger tablet is expected to be used mainly inside homes for family use.

 The tablets will be available in March in the U.K. and will roll out later to unspecified other countries.

 Both tablets will be available in a Wi-Fi-only version and a version with both Wi-Fi and 4G 21Mbps HSPA+ cellular technology. The device features HSPA+ in the U.S. 850/1900MHz bands and foreign 900/2100MHz bands. Among the national U.S. carriers, only AT&T offers HSPA+ in the 850/1900MHz band.

 The Tab 2 (7.0) features 7-inch WSVGA 600 by 1024 PLS TFT display, 10.5mm depth, and 4,000 mAh battery, while the Tab 2 (10.1) features a 10.1-inch WXGA 1,280 by 800 PLS TFT display, 9.7mm depth and 7,000 mAh battery. The 7.0 will be available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB versions, and the 10.1 will be available in 16GB and 32GB versions.

  Both tablets come with dual-core 1GHz processor, front-facing VGA video-chat camera, 3-megapixel rear camera, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, FullHD video capture and upgraded  Samsung AllShare (DLNA networking) to AllShare Play. Like before, AllShare Play enables streaming of smartphone content to other networked DLNA devices, but the new version lets users stream multimedia content to the tablet from PCs, other Samsung smartphones, and third-party Cloud services, a spokesperson said. It also enables device-to-device and device-to-Cloud transfers.

Both models also feature 32GB MicroSD card slot, USB 2.0 host, assisted GPS, Glonass GPS and Samsung Kies Air, which enables a Wi-Fi connection to a PC or Mac without a preloaded PC app to synchronize phone content, view and manage content such as contacts from the PC, and send SMS messages from the PC.

  Other features include Bluetooth 3.0, multi-party video calls via Google+ hangouts, and Samsung's ChatON cross-platform video-chat service, which connects phones of any platform. ChatON uses phone numbers instead of IDs and passwords to provide instant messaging and group chatting with voice and video, the company said.

In the new tablets, Android 4.0's Face Unlock feature unlocks the device via facial recognition software. Like before, the tablet offers Samsung's Music Hub to download more than 17 million tracks and Samsung Readers Hub to access more than 2.3 million e-books, 3,500 magazines and more than 2,000 newspapers in 51 languages. Also like before, the tablet features Game Hub to connect users to game titles, and Video Hub offers more than 1,000 film titles for purchase or rent.

 The new models also feature Samsung's upgraded Touchwiz user interface, which features widgets for one-step access to users' content in Hubs. The device also offers S Suggest, a new service offering home-screen recommendations of apps suited to users' tastes.

In smartphones, the Android Gingerbread-based Galaxy Beam incorporates 15-lumen projector to display content at up to 50 inches wide on a wall or ceiling in indoor and outdoor environments.

 The device comes with projector-dedicated app to quickly select content to be projected.

 The phone features 1GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch 480 by 800 WVGA TFT display, 8GB internal memory, 2,000mAh battery, 5-megapixel rear camera with flash, front 1.3-megapixel camera, 720p video capture at 30 fps, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Samsung Kies and 12.5mm depth.

The Beam features 4G HSPA+ 14.4Mbps cellular-data technology in the U.S. 850/1900MHz bands and in foreign 900/21000MHz bands.

 
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