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Samsung refreshes Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9 with hardware support for 4G LTE

There is no denying that the Galaxy S II is one of the better smartphones on the market today, but leave it to Samsung to kick the S II's 'awesome' factor up by yet another notch with its recent announcement. Apparently, the Korean Electronics giant has revealed its plans to showcase a variant of its Galaxy S II smartphone at IFA 2011 in Berlin that will reportedly boast support for wireless mobile networking via 4G LTE. Seems like Samsung is taking no chances with the next generation of mobile broadband connectivity.

If you have been holding off the purchase of Samsung's Galaxy S II smartphone in the hopes that the Korean electronics giant might just eventually upgrade the device with new features of sorts, considering your prayers answered. Apparently, it seems that this is exactly what Samsung has done, for the company has recently announced in a press release that it intends to showcase a variant of its Galaxy S II smartphone in the Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin consumer electronics trade fair (otherwise known as the IFA) that is due to take place from September 2 to September 7 this year.

According to the machine translation of the aforementioned press release, the LTE-capable variant of the Galaxy S II smartphone, which will reportedly be dubbed the Galaxy S II LTE, has been touted by Samsung to be the world's first WCDMA/GSM multi-mode smartphone to support the 4G LTE network. While the company has not provided any details about the maximum data transfer speeds users can expect to receive on the new Galaxy S II smartphone, Samsung has confirmed that the LTE-capable version will boast enhanced features and specifications, such as the use of a more powerful dual-core processor that has been clocked at a speed of 1.5GHz, a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED+ display, an eight-megapixel camera, support for short range wireless communication via NFC and Bluetooth 3.0, as well as the use of a 1850mAh battery pack to provide users with “long hours of usage”.

In addition, Samsung has also added that its Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet will also be given the LTE upgrade some time in March next year. The upgraded tablet is said to feature an 8.9 WXGA screen (1280 x 800), and will sport a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a three-megapixel camera.  On the OS side, the company has confirmed that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be pre-loaded with version 3.2 of the Android operating system (aka Honeycomb).

No further details about availability, pricing and hardware specifications for the LTE-capable versions of the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 have been released by Samsung at this point of time. That being said, we will be keeping track of any further notifications, so do check back for updates.

Source: Samsung Korea

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