Samsung: the year so far

Samsung: the year so farOver the past couple of weeks I’ve taken a look at the year’s output from HTC, Sony Ericsson, Motorola (or should we say Googorola?), and LG. That just leaves Samsung in ye olde Android Top 5.

It’s been quite a year for Samsung, what with all the legal wrangling with Apple ‘n’ all. But the South Koreans still found the time to pump out a handful of new smartphones. Indeed, there was speculation that it might’ve won the smartphone race in Q2. But, er, it didn’t. Maybe Q3, guys.

It’s hard to keep on top of the many, many Galaxy phones (the Apollo and Europa, for example, were released last year). Samsung launched five more at Mobile World Congress in February. Ready for names and specs? Here goes:

Samsung: the year so farSamsung Galaxy Ace: 3.5in display, 800MHz processor, 5MP camera (and looks a lot like the iPhone)

Samsung Galaxy Gio (pictured): 3.2in display, 800MHz processor, 3MP camera (looks like a smaller, more curvaceous iPhone)

Samsung Galaxy Fit: 3.3in display, 600MHz processor, 5MP camera (Fit? It’s a bit of a chunker, actually)

Samsung Galaxy mini: 3.1in display, 600MHz processor, 3MP camera

The fifth Galaxy unveiled by Samsung in Barcelona caused a bit more of a stir. I refer of course to the Samsung Galaxy S II, widely regarded as the best smartphone money can buy.

Samsung: the year so farThe Samsung Galaxy S II has a 4.3in Super AMOLED display, 8MP camera, 1080p video capture, and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. What more could you ask for? Uhm, NFC support, perhaps. Somewhat controversially, Samsung chose not include support for contactless payments and the like, though an NFC version of the Galaxy S II is expected at some point in the future.

We’ve also seen a couple of Samsung Galaxy S II variants, such as the 4.19in Samsung Galaxy R (official), and the 4.5in Samsung Hercules (rumoured and possibly US-only).

Staying in smartphone land, last week we heard about the Galaxy Xcover, essentially Samsung’s equivalent of the Motorola Defy. It has a 3.2in scratch-resistant display, 3.2MP camera, and is dirt, water and dust resistant.

Oh, and not forgetting the QWERTY-toting Samsung Galaxy Pro.

Samsung: the year so farMoving into tablet territory, we met the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Barcelona too. I’ll keep this brief, since I rambled on about the tablet for quite a bit in The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 story. Essentially it started out fairly chunky but was replaced by a significantly slimmer model, as Samsung crapped it when the iPad 2 was unveiled. Phew.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that Apple attempted to stop the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe. The preliminary injunction has now been lifted pending Samsung’s appeal on August 25.

There’s also an 8.9in version of the super-slim Galaxy Tab. It’s essentially identical to the 10.1in model, but, er, a bit smaller.

As you might expect, there are muchos rumours of an imminent revamped 7in Galaxy Tab. The original Froyo-running Galaxy Tab is getting on a bit now, so it’d make sense to give it a makeover and bring it in line with the new Gingerbread models.

Looking ahead, a roadmap was leaked recently, but Samsung tells us it’s not entirely accurate. In any case, we’re fully expecting more Android, Windows Phone 7 and Bada action from Sammie before the year’s out.

Read more about: Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670Samsung Galaxy Mini / S5570Samsung Galaxy S2Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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