The images came online late last week as with specs, today Samsung officially announced they’ll be releasing an LTE-enabled GALAXY S II and GALAXY Tab 8.9. Although Samsung neglected to give clear availability or pricing, this is a good sign for us Canadians as Rogers will be launching a couple LTE devices by the end of the year, possibly Bell and TELUS too. LTE (Long Term Evolution) devices have the capability of reaching peak download speeds of up to 100Mbps, and to upload at speeds of 50Mbps.
In their press release, Samsung confirmed the specs of the GALAXY S II LTE, this is “The world’s first LTE/WCDMA/GSM multi-mode support”, runs Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread, 1.5GHz dual core processor, 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 8 megapixel camera camera that records HD videos, Wi-Fi and the ability to create a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 8 devices, 1850mAh battery, NFC (Near Field Communications).
In addition, the LTE Tab 8.9 looks like it’ll be released during the second half of the year, comes with Android 3.2 Honeycomb and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, 8.9-inch WXGA display (1280×800 resolution), 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 3 megapixel camera and Adobe Flash 10.3.
JK Shin of Samsung Mobile said “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. LTE redefines the user experience made possible by these devices and opens entirely new possibilities in terms of content viewing, sharing, quality and connectivity… This is a milestone in our commitment to lead the charge in 4G mobile telephony around the world, both in terms of back-end network solutions for service providers and the development of powerful consumer handsets”.