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Samsung unveils LTE versions of GALAXY S II and GALAXY Tab 8.9

Samsung has unveiled LTE (Long-Term Evolution) versions of its GALAXY S II smartphone and GALAXY Tab 8.9. Displayed at this week’s IFA 2011, the devices will have access to 4G download speeds of up to 100Mbps. If you can get yourself onto a 4G network, the (theoretical) upload speed is 50Mbps and double that when downloading. Samsung equates this to downloading a four-minute MP3 track in 0.3 seconds.

GALAXY S II LTE smartphone

The Galaxy S II 4G LTE looks pretty similar to its non-LTE counterpart, but the Super AMOLED Plus display gets bumped up from 4.3 inches to 4.5 inches with a screen resolution of 800×480, and the dual-core processor gets bumped up from 1 GHz to 1.5GHz. The phone features an 8 megapixel camera on the rear and a 2 megapixel camera on the front, and offers 16GB internal memory. The phone will of course come pre-loaded with Android Gingerbread. It’s also a bit thicker and heavier than its non-LTE equivalent, coming in at 9.49 mm instead of 8.49, and weighing 130.5g instead of 116 g.

GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE tablet

The LTE version of the GALAXY Tab 8.9 (meaning 8.9-inch screen) retains its slimline 8.6mm (0.33-inch) profile and comes with either 16 or 32 GB Internal memory. The tablet has a 1280 x 800 pixel 8.9″ display, and its dual-core processor has also been bumped up to 1.5 GHz from 1 GHz and it now runs Android 3.2 (Honeycomb).  You’ve still got the 3 megapixel primary camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera of the original.

The LTE models are expected to start shipping in early 2012 but no pricing details as yet. We’ll keep you posted.

Check out the full specifications of both devices below.

Samsung GALAXY S II LTE specifications

Network: LTE 800/1800/2600, HSUPA+ 900/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
Processor: 1.5GHz Dual-Core
Display: 4.5″ WVGA Super AMOLED Plus
OS: Android 2.3(Gingerbread)
Camera: Main(Rear): 8 MP with LED Flash, Front: 2 MP
Video: Codec – MPEG4/H.263/H.264, Format – 3GPP, MPEG4, MKV, Playback –
VGA@30fps, Recording – QVGA @ 15fps
Audio: Codec – MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA,FLAC, OGG, 3.5mm Ear Jack
Connectivity: Bluetooth® technology v 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity
Memory: 16GB Internal memory + microSD (up to 32GB)
Size: 68.8 x 129.8 x 9.49mm, 130.5g
Battery: Li-on 1,850 mAh

Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE Product Specifications

Network: LTE 800/1800/2600, HSUPA+ 900/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
Processor: 1.5GHz Dual-Core
Display: 8.9″ WXGA 1280×800
OS: Android™ 3.2 (Honeycomb)
Camera: Main(Rear) – 3.0-Mega Pixel Camera AF with LED Flash, Front – 2.0-Mega Pixel Camera
Video Format – MPEG4/H263/H264, Divx/Xvid, Playback – 1080p Full HD Video@30fps, Recording – 720p HD Video
Audio, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, MIDI, AMR-NB/WB, 3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker
Connectivity: Bluetooth® technology v 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light sensor
Memory: 16/32GB Internal memory
Size: 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm, 455g
Battery: 6,100mAh

Samsung speeds up the Smarter Life with LTE versions of the GALAXY S II and GALAXY Tab 8.9

SEOUL–(Korea Newswire) August 28, 2011 — Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced LTE editions of its GALAXY S II and GALAXY Tab 8.9. These stylish devices now offer high-speed 4G connectivity in addition to power, portability and second-to-none screen technology.

“With the introduction of GALAXY S II LTE and GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE, we will take the capabilities of these devices to a whole new level. LTE redefines the user experience made possible by these devices and opens entirely new possibilities in terms of content viewing, sharing, quality and connectivity,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

“This is a milestone in our commitment to lead the charge in 4G mobile telephony around the world, both in terms of back-end network solutions for service providers and the development of powerful consumer handsets,” added Shin.

When connected to a 4G network, LTE technology allows portable devices to download high-quality files at speeds of up to 100Mbps, and to upload at speeds of 50Mbps theoretically – five times faster than even the quickest HSPA+ connection. This means that a four-minute long MP3 track can be downloaded in 0.3 seconds, or an entire film file in less than two minutes.

The enhanced connectivity afforded by LTE technology opens up a range of possibilities for users: Features like social gaming, video conferencing and high-quality media streaming can all be enjoyed seamlessly, with vast improvements in download times and connectivity. 4G technology also enables the seamless and near-instant sharing of multimedia content with friends and family, ensuring that users can share the experiences they love whenever they want.

The addition of LTE to the Samsung GALAXY portfolio also opens further opportunities for mobile application and content developers creating a new generation of mobile services that take full advantage of increased bandwidth and improved connectivity.


In addition to offering a high standard of connectivity, the GALAXY S II LTE delivers powerful performance due to its 1.5GHz dual core processor. Superior 3D graphic performance makes games and video consumption fast and smooth, while popular Web pages like Google, Yahoo and YouTube can load easily, giving customers instant access to the information they need.

A 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus display provides stunning visual clarity, with HD video and images taken on the device’s 8MP camera displayed in full vivid color. The GALAXY S II LTE also offers a rich content experience, with Social, Game and Music hubs all included, while the Readers Hub will be available for download after launch. These are in addition to a number of enterprise solutions aimed at increasing productivity. Running on Android 2.3, the GALAXY S II LTE is easy and intuitive to use.

Additionally, the GALAXY S II LTE can also be connected to up to eight devices via WiFi, meaning that files can be quickly and seamlessly synchronized with laptops, tablets and other Smartphones.


The LTE edition of the GALAXY Tab 8.9 is incredibly portable, measuring just 8.6mm thin while weighing only 455g. The boosted connectivity and genuine portability ensures that the GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE is the ideal device for modern professionals, who need to stay productive and entertained while on the move. LTE capabilities enable video conferences to be held without need to worry about failing connections, while the 8.9″ screen enables easy rendering of business content such as presentations. The TouchWiz interface enables an intuitive user experience, enhanced by the space and freedom provided by the large display.

Whether writing emails on a trip or reading an eBook in bed, the GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE provides the ultimate tablet experience without compromising mobility.

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  • Sam Boycott

    Samsung just released tablets phones months ago and now it officially announced that these devices cannot receive updates, then why should one buy a second hand device which cannot be updated.
    Okay even for a brand new device, why should one buy a new device knowing that it cannot be updated and also androids do not have all those features and specifications that a Nokia smartphone already has.

  • Sam Boycott

    Samsung do not have any resale value as they update their handsets every year and does not provide any update to the existing models. So whats the value for money of any samsung phone.

  • Eyesofthesquirrelwatcher

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  • Eyesofthesquirrelwatcher

    foreign signals meaning it ain’t coming to the u.s. in this configuration