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
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
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
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.