Samsung, looking to attract some attention before IFA 2011 kicks off in Berlin and every consumer electronics company known to man starts flooding the inboxes of analysts, bloggers, and journalists with news of whatever shiny toy they’re announcing, has beaten everyone to the punch by revealing two devices today. The first, an update to the Samsung Galaxy S II that’s called the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE. If you’re thinking it’s just the Galaxy S II, but the addition of an LTE radio, you’d be mistaken. The screen gets bumped up a notch, from 4.3 inches to 4.5 inches. The processor is clocked a bit faster, from 1.2 GHz dual core to 1.5 GHz dual core. And the battery goes from 1650 mAh to 1850 mAh. Oh and it also supports NFC, but then again Samsung said the Galaxy S II would support NFC, and we’ve yet to see a variant sold outside of South Korea that actually has said NFC chip inside. No word on pricing or when this sucker will come out, but we’re sure those details will surface this weekend during the show.
The second device, an update to the Galaxy Tab 8.9 that called … wait for it … the Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE. It’s the 8.9 you all know and love and have incredible difficulty finding in shops, but with the addition of an LTE radio and a bump up in clock speed to 1.5 GHz dual core. It’ll run Android Honeycomb 3.2, it weighs just 455 grams, and it’s an amazing 8.6 mm thick. The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, is of course 8.9 inches, and again we’ve got absolutely no idea what this thing will cost or when it’ll ship.
Here’s hoping that at least the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE becomes available in Europe. So few countries have commercial LTE networks anyway, so we’re thinking this smartphone will get the ball rolling.