MWC preview: Samsung

MWC preview: SamsungAs we announced on Saturday, Mobot is selflessly jetting off to Barcelona to bring you all the latest news from 2011’s Mobile World Congress, which runs from February 14 to 17.

In this – the first of a series of in-depth previews – we’ll look at what Samsung is expected to bring to the table.

Other than the Samsung Nexus S, manufactured for Google, the Koreans have been relatively quiet of late. However, in the past couple of weeks, a series of cheeky tidbits has caused much excitedness, complete with involuntary raising of eyebrows.

Let’s not beat around the proverbial bush. What we all really want to see is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S, which – in all likelihood – will adopt a massively original name along the lines of Samsung Galaxy S2.

Indeed, that’s what it was referred to in Samsung’s MWC schedule, which was ‘accidentally’ leaked last week. A spanking new trailer on Youtube reveals nothing about the specs, though it’s expected to have a 4.3in touchscreen, 1GB of RAM and an 8MP camera with 1080p HD video recording. Nice.

While some of the 1,300 exhibiting companies are holding their cards close to their respective hairy chests, Samsung is struggling to contain its childlike excitement. On January 26th, clearly incapable of waiting until MWC, Samsung blurted forth the announcement of no less than four new mid-range Android 2.2 handsets.

First up, there’s the Samsung Galaxy Ace, with 3.5in LCD screen, 5MP camera and 800MHz processor.

The Samsung Galaxy Mini is, as the title suggests, on the compact side. It’ll feature an ickle 3.1in screen with 600MHz processor and 3MP camera.

The immodestly-named Samsung Galaxy Fit is somewhere between the Ace and the Mini. It has a 3.31in screen, 5MP camera and 600MHz processor.

Rounding off the four mid-rangers, there’s the Samsung Galaxy Gio, with 3.2in screen, 800MHz processor and stereo FM radio.

The price-tags are expected to reflect the modest (but far from awful) specs.

Last but not least, there’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, which is expected to stretch the current model’s screen from 7in to 10in, and possibly feature a dual-core 1GHz Orion processor like the Samsung Galaxy S 2.

Sammy's will certainly be one of the most visited stands at MWC, and we'll be spending a fair bit of time there to give you all the juicy details.

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