Just a day before the MWC 2012 officially kicks off in Barcelona, Samsung has announced two new devices – 10.1″ inch version of the Galaxy Tab 2 and the Galaxy Beam smartphone.
The tablet features a 10.1″ inch PLS TFT dispaly with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. Powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor, the device runs a Touch Wiz-skinned version of Android 4.0. The tablet is 9.7 mm thick, and has 1GB of RAM. It will come in two versions – 3G & Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi only.
It sports a a 3-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera. The device will come in two variants – 16 GB and 32 GB – which is expandable up to 32 GB using a microSD card. It has a 7,000 mAh Li-ion battery. Other features include Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, and a proximity sensor on the 3G version.
The company has not divulged any pricing information yet. Starting from UK, the Galaxy Tab 2 series will be launched in global market from March.
Another device announced by Samsung is – the Galaxy beam – which is an Android 2.3 smartphone with a built-in projector. The Samsung Galaxy Beam’s 15 lumens projector allows users to display and share multimedia content anywhere on a large luminous projector screen – walls, ceilings or improvised flat surfaces.
Powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor, the phone has a 4.0″ inch (480×800) TFT display. The phone has a 5 megapixel autofocus rear camera with flash and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The phone has an internal memory of 8 GB, which is expandable up to 32 GB using a microSD card. The Samsung Galaxy Beam is believed to have 6 GB of RAM.
Another company – HP (Hewlett-Packard) is set to bring a tablet based on Windows 8 operating system. This will be the second tablet after HP’s first WebOS based tab which was launched last year.
Hewlett-Packard’s co chief executive officer Meg Whitman said, “HP will release by Christmas a new tablet tailored for security, productivity and business network compatibility. The company will release the tablet computer based on Microsoft Corp’s new version of its Windows software (the Windows 8) and Intel’s technology (Chipset),”.
Windows 8 which is yet to be released, will be ideal for touch screen tablets and for enterprise applications. Currently, Windows 7 is not tuned for touch screen and Android applications are not tuned for enterprises applications in a way they should be.
Microsoft is set to unveil the beta version of the Windows 8 mobile operating system in the consumer preview event in Barcelona. It will only then be known how the enterprises and the consumers take to this new OS and that will decide how much success HP can have with this tablet.