Samsung Updates Galaxy Models

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New York - Samsung Mobile today introduced its Galaxy Tab 2 tablets and Galaxy Player 4.2.

New today are the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and 7.0 and the Galaxy Player 4.2. The Galaxy Player 3.6 was introduced earlier this week.

All three new devices are Wi-Fi only, and as with Samsung's previous models, offer customers a differentiated experience with the Tab, Player and Note devices, said Travis Merrill, Samsung's marketing director for Galaxy products.

The Tab 2 10.1 and 7.0 feature 10.1- and 7-inch displays. The 10.1 will be available for pre-order starting May 4 and in stores on May 13 with a $399 suggested retail. The 7.0 can be pre-ordered on April 12 and ships on April 22 at $249.

The $199 Player 4.2 has the same pre-order and ship date as the 10.1.

"We priced them aggressively in the market to make them as accessible as possible," Merrill said.

Price was also the reason Samsung opted to go with a TFT display instead of AMOLED, he said.

The Tabs ship with Android 4.0. Each has a 1GHz dual-core processor, front and rear cameras, MicroSD slot and a built-in IR blaster.

The 10.1 has 16GB of memory and front-facing speakers, and  is HDMI compatible. The 7.0 has 8GB of memory.

Since tablets are frequently used by consumers while watching TV, the new Tabs can also be used as a remote control. Using Samsung's Smart Remote app in conjunction with its IR blaster, the 10.1 and 7.0 can be configured to operate most home entertainment devices and set-top boxes. It also offers a programming guide, and they can be set up to operate devices all around the home.

The Player 4.2 is part of Samsung's ongoing effort to grab share in the portable, Wi-Fi-enabled music player market now dominated by the Apple iPod touch.

Merrill said there is a great deal of opportunity for an Android device in this space, and that Samsung's previous Player device did meet company expectations for sales. This was despite the soft launch it was initially given.

The 4.2 is running Android 2.3 and is powered by a Cortex A8 1GHz processor. It also has a MicroSD slot, gyro-sensor, front speakers and is bundled with the full version of Angry Birds, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and FIFA 2012.


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