Samsung Galaxy Cell Expecting a Refresh
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 August 2011 10:17 Written by Nick McD Saturday, 27 August 2011 11:00
Samsung has had great success with their Galaxy S Android phones all across the world, and with the Galaxy S II already out in Asia and with great expectations over on the other side of the world, the electronics giant of Korea just keeps rolling!
While I’m sitting here wondering what will be replacing my Galaxy S Epic (and will it have lost the keyboard as rumors say? Nick McD + Fat Fingers = Hates Touch Keyboard!), the whole new line of models have been announced through Korean sources, touting a whole new range of devices and configurations. Read on…
- Galaxy S (“Super,” to be preserved as the top mainstream lineup)
- Galaxy R (“Royal,” combining good performance with longer power life and productivity software)
- Galaxy M (“Magic,” offering economically priced devices with excellent performance)
- Galaxy Y (“Young,” entry-level made for the younger audience)
- Galaxy W (“Wonder,” high power, strategically marketed devices for the enthusiast)
- Plus Pro (integrated keyboard) and Plus (upgrade of previous model) designations through the whole lineup
Specifically, the initial Galaxy W to be launched soon to a test market in Korea will be a killer device, with a 1.4Ghz (single core) Samsung microprocessor, a 3.7″ WVGA next-gen OLED screen, and a 12Mp full auto-focus camera, plus the next-gen HSDPA 3G (or “turbo 3G”) CDMA standard which kills current US and Canadian WiMax and LTE systems at a blazing 14.4Mb/S on the standard cellular transmitter!
Part of the issue we have here with “4G” devices is that the WiMax or LTE transmitter is an addition to the 3G data/voice module, and running two transmitters at the same time… well, we all gripe about our battery life, and that isn’t helping!
WiMax can handle up to 128Mb/S, and LTE can hit 150.8Mb/S, but no carrier currently will support speeds nearly that high simply due to network traffic restrictions. LTE, via Verizon, leads the pack with some areas reaching as high as 13.3Mb/S, but the difficulty is with different frequencies, there is different hardware and transmission equipment, but HSDPA allows a single transmitter to handle voice and high-speed data, reducing network complexity and reliability, and with a theoretical max speed of over 80Mp/S it’s no slouch.
It remains to be seen if western CDMA cellular providers would be willing to replace EVDO 3G as the standard 3G data system, but Korea, Japan, Australia, and even several other Asian companies have adopted this as a perceived better solution to what we see over here.
- Samsung Galaxy W to launch on Three network in the UK next month (engadget.com)
- Trio of US Samsung Galaxy S II models get together for a group photo? (engadget.com)