Samsung has unveiled LTE (Long-Term Evolution) versions of its GALAXY S II smartphone and GALAXY Tab 8.9. On show this week at IFA 2011, the devices get a processing boost to go along with access to blistering 4G download speeds of up to 100Mbps.
"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," said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business. "LTE redefines the user experience made possible by these devices and opens entirely new possibilities in terms of content viewing, sharing, quality and connectivity."
If you can get yourself onto a 4G network, the (theoretical) upload speed is 50Mbps and double that when downloading. Samsung equates this to nabbing a four-minute MP3 track in 0.3 seconds.
GALAXY S II LTE smartphoneRunning on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), the GALAXY S II LTE sports a 1.5GHz dual core processor and a 4.5" Super AMOLED Plus display (up from a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 4.27-inch display), an 8 megapixel camera on the rear and 2 megapixel camera on the front, and can be connected to up to eight devices via WiFi.
Samsung GALAXY S II LTE specifications
GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE tabletThe LTE version of the GALAXY Tab 8.9 (meaning 8.9-inch screen) retains its slimline 8.6mm (0.33-inch) profile and runs on Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), comes with either 16 or 32 GB Internal memory and has a 3.0 mega pixel camera on the rear plus a 2.0 megapixel front facing camera.
Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE Product Specifications
The LTE models are expected to start shipping in early 2012 but no pricing details as yet - stay tuned.