Samsung Reveals Galaxy Smartphone Successor

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Barcelona, Spain - Samsung unveiled the successor to its Galaxy-class Android smartphone here at the Mobile World Congress, where the company announced such upgrades as dual-core 1GHz processor, larger touchscreen and Super AMOLED Plus display technology.

Pricing and availability of the touchscreen-only Galaxy S II weren't disclosed.

The version unveiled at the Congress uses HSPA+ technology but, like the

current model

, would likely be available in the U.S. in different versions using different 3G and 4G technologies, depending on the carrier customer. Though a touchscreen-only model was shown, it's possible a version for one or more U.S. carriers could add a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, as the Sprint 4G version of the current Galaxy smartphone does.

The new model is touted as one of the thinnest phones at 8.49mm with a dual-core processor, which replaces the 1GHz processors in current Galaxy phones.

Other upgrades include Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, compared with the Android 2.1 OS used in the first-generation Galaxy phone at launch last year (with Android 2.2 upgradability).

The new model also features 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display compared to its predecessor's 4-inch Super AMOLED display. The new display is said to offer greater color gamut, contrast ratio, greater edge sharpness, a wider viewing angle, increased outdoor visibility, and lower power consumption.

Other enhancements include:

--1080p video capture compared with the first-generation Galaxy's 720p;

--addition of 802.11a to the original model's 802.11b/g/n/;

--the addition of Wi-Fi Direct;

--upgraded dual camera/camcorders, with the rear-facing camera going to 8-megapixel, from 5-megapixel, and the front-facing video-chat camera, currently available only on the Sprint 4G Galaxy Epic, going to 2 megapixels from VGA;

--speech-to-text conversion;

--built-in language translator;

--ability to incorporate nearfield communications for mobile payment services;

--Samsung Live Panel service, which aggregates live web and application content into a single customizable home screen whose layout can be user-designed and whose online services and apps can be user-selected; and

-- Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and Sybase remote device management.

In another change, the Galaxy II will feature four Hub services, although it's not certain whether all four will come to the U.S. They include separate e-book, game and music-download services and a Social Hub Premium service, which aggregates social-network updates, IM, email text messages and voice mail into a single user interface.

For the current Galaxy smartphones in the U.S., Samsung already offers a Media Hub to download movies and TV shows for rent or purchase.

Like before, the Galaxy II features Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA certification (called AllShare by Samsung), and mircoSD slot.


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