Samsung launched a second tablet computer on Sunday, with a bigger
screen and more processing power than the original Galaxy Tab that is
seen as the only real rival to Apple’s iPad.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is intended
to be a multimedia hub for afficionados of games, electronic books and
social media, with a 10.1 inch (25.7 centimeter) screen, dual
surround-sound speakers, and front- and rear-facing cameras.
tablet, with two core processors to better handle media, is based on
the latest Google Android platform, Honeycomb — which has been
optimized for tablets.
It will be sold by Vodafone in more than 20 countries before being released to other carriers.
now the world’s second-biggest phone maker after Nokia, also launched a
new premium smartphone, the ultra-slim Galaxy S II, designed around
hubs for social networking, reading, games and music.
electronics giant Samsung, whose telecoms division accounted for nearly
half its profit last quarter, has sold around 10 million Galaxy S
smartphones since its June 2010 debut, and 2 million Galaxy tablets.
still has a long way to catch up with Apple, which sold more than 7
million iPads and 16.2 million iPhones last quarter alone, but is
gaining ground on Nokia, which announced a crucial tie-up with Microsoft
"If I were (chief
executive) Stephen Elop heading up Nokia, I would be looking over my
shoulder at Samsung and feeling extremely nervous," said Ben Wood, lead
analyst at telecoms research firm CCS Insight.
also announced a range of enterprise services compatible with its two
new devices, to address some of the security concerns that have held
Android phones back from a serious challenge to Research in Motion’s
(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Greg Mahlich)