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The Samsung Galaxy S II is here

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 14 – Samsung Electronics has introduced the Samsung Galaxy S II, a successor to the original Galaxy S as it seeks to grow global market share.

The 8.49mm, lightweight Galaxy S II phone will be available on the Kenyan market in the coming weeks and runs on the Android operating system, the world\’s fastest-growing mobile operating system.

Samsung Electronics Regional Business Leader Robert Ngeru said the next generation smartphone includes exclusive access to Samsung\’s four new content and entertainment hubs, seamlessly integrated to provide instant access to music, games, e-reading and social networking services. 

"In 2011, we will take Samsung\’s leadership in Speed, Screen and Content to a whole new level. With the Galaxy S II, Samsung wants to set the new standard of quality viewing on mobile, powerful performance, and slim and modern design," Mr Ngeru said.

Incorporating a dual-core application processor and advanced fourth generation (4G) connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy S II has the speed and power to provide an unrivalled mobile performance.

Dual-core application processor delivers compelling features such as fast web browsing, multi-tasking comparable to a PC-like environment, supreme graphics quality and instantly responsive 3D user interface on the large screen.

The phone also delivers seamless multitasking, switching between applications instantly.

At the same time, Samsung has also upsized its Galaxy Tab, unveiling a 10.1-inch (25.7-cm) version aimed at muscling its way deeper into the territory of Apple\’s iPad.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered by Honeycomb, the new version of Google\’s Android operating system designed specifically for tablet computers.

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Google\’s free, open-source Honeycomb is expected to quickly be built into an array of touch screen tablets in a booming market currently dominated by the iPad launched by Apple last year.

In a sign that Google is intent on wooing the developers behind the "apps" fuelling the popularity of smartphones and tablets, executives here stressed that Honeycomb is built as a platform for software innovation.

Google also announced the launch of an Android Market web store at, where people can get work or play applications for devices running on the mobile operating software.

The new Samsung tablet weighs 599 grams and is just 10.9 millimetres thick.

The tablet has dual surround-sound speakers, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It includes a 1GHz dual core application processor.

According to a Wall Street Journal report last week, Apple is producing a thinner, more powerful version of the iPad tablet.

The second-generation iPad will have more memory and a front-facing camera for capabilities such as a Face Time video-conferencing feature on Apple iPhone 4 smart phones, according to the Journal.

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