Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 is getting a lot of limelight and stealing away all the attention from the other releases by Samsung — the Galaxy Tab 2 series of tablets and the Galaxy Beam smartphone.
Galaxy Beam from Samsung is the company’s update on the original ‘Beam’ phone which was the first of its kind. The Galaxy Beam is a ‘projector-phone’ that has a built-in pico projector to allow the user to share images and videos by projecting them on to a viable surface like a black wall or even on the back of somebody’s shirt! It also has a 5mp camera that has a 720p video recording feature that captures clips at 30 frames per second.
The Beam is around 0.5inches in thickness and sports a 1GHz dual-core processor. However, quite unlike most of the other phones being launched at the MWC 2012, it does not come with Android 4.0 ICS. It is running on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread instead.
Up next is the Galaxy Tab 2 line of tablets. Samsung introduced the next generation of its tablet line with 7inch and 10.1inch versions of the new tablet. Both sizes will have further options of WiFi only or WiFi+3G. The company intends to launch the tablets worldwide in March this year.
There’s talk of Samsung showing the highly anticipated Galaxy S III at the conference. According to a post made on tech blog Boy Genius Report, this super phone will have a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a 4.8inch 1080p display with a 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. If launched soon enough, it might become the second phone to have a quad-core processor after a similar model was released by LG recently.
Samsung is currently facing stiff competition from both the high-end player Apple with their iPad and the base level players Amazon with their Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble with their Nook Tablet Color. The Galaxy Tab sits in that midway zone that is neither the iPad nor the Kindle Fire/Nook Tablet color range. This is the zone that has so far shown the least amount of sales going by the sales reports. The iPad continues to dominate the market with the Kindle Fire eating away at the rest of the market with its rock bottom price that most other mainstream tablets can’t match without sacrificing on functionality that will automatically make them inferior to the fire.
However, when it comes its own category, the Galaxy Tab has in fact been selling well the world over. It has received some amount of recognition amongst users for its performance and interface. It is possible that the new line of Galaxy Tab 2 tablets will finally define the mid-range for tablets.
Date: February 27, 2012