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Samsung announces Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE

August 28, 2011 | by Tony Price

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It seems like the public relations team at Samsung has an itchy trigger finger. There have been so many spoiled announcements out of that company in the recent months that I have stopped bothering to buy into any hype. Their “secret” announcement in New York was purposely outed on the invitations. Now, we have nothing more to speculate about that new Unpacked video I wrote about about a week ago.

Samsung has announced that they will be showing off LTE enabled versions of the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 at the IFA conference in Berlin at the end of the week. This news, which came in the form of an official press release, brings to rest the controversy about what those shiny object in the aforementioned video.

The LTE Galaxy S II will come equipped with the usual hardware. It has the known features, including the 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus display, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 8MP Rear and 2MP Front-facing camera, HD video capture, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This new version of the phone includes a slightly faster 1.5GHz Dual-Core processor.

The LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will feature a 3MP rear and 2MP front-facing camera, 16 or 32BG internal storage, a display resolution of 1280×800, and will run Android 3.1 Honeycomb at launch. I couldn’t find any mention of the processor or its speed, but I would assume its a dual-core chip. All this will be in a package that weighs only 447g, or just under one pound.

Now, let’s talk about the fact that we have heard there is no Galaxy S II headed for Verizon. We heard this rumor late last week, and were honestly disappointed. However, we also reported that Verizon was getting “something better.” In every way, this LTE version of the Galaxy S II would classify as better. It has a faster processor and access to a much faster mobile network. While it’s not quite the Nexus Prime we may have been hoping for, it’s still a good possibility.

What do you think about these new devices? Do you expect them to make their way to the States on Verizon? How do you feel about a 8.9″ tablet? Leave you answers, or any other thoughts, by leaving a comment below. We love sharing from you.