Let's be clear, this fall has easily one of the busiest release schedules, and Samsung's not interested in making it any easier. In addition to the US SGS II event in New York, now scheduled for Tuesday courtesy of Irene, Samsung will be announcing two new LTE Galaxy products at IFA Berlin on Thursday. Leave it to Samsung to take their tweaks beyond simply adding an LTE radio though. Based on the press release the SGS II variant being released will have a dual core processor clocked at 1.5 Ghz, a huge 4.5" Super AMOLED Plus screen along with the 4G speeds courtesy of its new LTE radio. Details on SoC, memory, carrier, pricing and availability are, as usual, pending. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 was teased along with its larger brother the Tab 10.1 in the Spring, but we haven't seen much out of the device since. No US announcements have been made for the device, something that may change rather soon; but the first variant of the 8.9" TouchWiz UX infused tablet will be showed off on Thursday sporting an LTE radio. Anand was pretty impressed with the Tab 10.1's speeds when paired with its own LTE radio so we expect much of the same from this latest iteration. 

Whatever else Samsung has in store for this week, tune in here to get the details from NYC and Berlin; and come back throughout the fall as more and more of these devices start to show up on our door steps. 

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  • aNYthing24 - Sunday, August 28, 2011 - link

    I'm betting it's the MSM8x60 as rumored. Reply
  • JasonInofuentes - Sunday, August 28, 2011 - link

    There's a lot of talk that this could also be a stand in for the Nexus Prime, of which a few things are known. First, Samsung's building it; second, TI's OMAP 4460 will be featured. 4460 should handle 1.5 Ghz no problem, so it's possible. Reply
  • aNYthing24 - Sunday, August 28, 2011 - link

    That's possible as well. I'm just referencing to the rumor from a couple weeks back or so about the Samsung Celox.

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/09/samsung-galaxy-...
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  • ssddaydream - Monday, August 29, 2011 - link

    If this is really a 4.5" display, that would make it different from the Droid Charge and Samsung Galaxy S II displays, which have the same 4.3" 480 x 800 SAMOLED+ display. This would hint at a higher resolution than 480 x 800. A 4.5" display is getting to the point where only 480 x 800 is not enough pixels, in my opinion. Reply
  • xdrol - Monday, August 29, 2011 - link

    Tell me people, why is it good to have a frying pen as a phone? 4.5 inches.. When were phones of such size? Early 90s? Reply
  • GuinnessKMF - Monday, August 29, 2011 - link

    You've never used one have you? I used to think the same thing until I did, they are thin enough where they still fit comfortably in my pants pockets, and for talking (and I have small hands), and the extra screen size is welcome when using applications.

    Not every phone is made for every person, there are people who appreciate these phones, even if you don't.
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  • xdrol - Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - link

    Yes, I have (Samsung Galaxy S, an LG WP7 model, a Samsung Omnia.. ). They are not thin enough. At least they have the same thickness as a standard Nokia bumbphone, just they are also bigger due to the screen size.

    There ARE small smartphones, just as rare as snowballs in hell (and thus I cannot get them in my middle-of-nowhere country..)
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  • GTVic - Monday, August 29, 2011 - link

    I had a generic Samsung non-smart cell phone a couple of years ago that required charging every two days with minimal usage. Three batteries and two phones later and I switched to LG which, 2.5 years later, still lasts 1 week on a single charge with minimal usage.

    How good are current Samsung smart phones in this regard?
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  • z0mb13n3d - Monday, August 29, 2011 - link

    Not sure why more manufacturers are not coming out with 8.9 inch devices. I briefly used a friends LG Gslate a couple of months ago and I think they strike the perfect balance between the portability of a 7 inch and the utility of a 10 inch device. I feel only the 4:3 9.7 inch devices feel as comfortable to hold. Reply

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