Samsung ready to roll out Galaxy Express, Rugby Pro, Note II and Tab 2 via AT&T
Samsung just doesn’t lose steam. Every now and then you will come across either a new device carrying the Galaxy brand name or you will see a refresh to its earlier models. In this instalment of releases, Samsung has announced a new smartphone Galaxy Express, a newer version of its previous smartphone Galaxy Rugby Pro, the already launched phablet Galaxy Note II and the second version of its tablet Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1 inch). These mobile devices are slated to be launched in coming months in the US through the nation’s largest 4G carrier AT&T.
As the Korean electronics giant gear up for its next innings in the slowing but still huge US market, we look at the specifications of these phones that may soon be launched in your country too!
This smartphone has been designed as a mid-end phone that combines performance with affordability. Although we have not learnt about its price, we can take an educated guess and say it will cost around Rs 25k as in Indian market. It is 4G LTE enabled and runs Android 4.0 ICS operating system. It sports a 4.5” Super-AMOLED Plus screen (know more about displays here) which is clear and bright. It has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor which is decent. Battery is 2000mAh and the phone has got a 5 megapixel camera too.
Galaxy Rugby Pro
It’s a successor to Galaxy Rugby Smart that was announced this February. As the name intends to suggest, this is a sturdy and agile smartphone that has been made to military specifications. It’s waterproof, shock resistant and dust proof, or atleast that’s what is claimed. It is also 4G LTE enabled, has a 4 inch Super AMOLED display and features a 5 MP camera capable of recording 720p HD videos. The smartphone is made for rough everyday use for the corporate world, and hence the Rugby Pro comes with full device encryption and EAS corporate email support.
Galaxy Note II
Already launched in the IFA 2012 event and being sold worldwide (including India), Galaxy Note II is a proud successor of Galaxy Note that kickstarted the phablet category of phones (or of tablets?). It has a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display and 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos™ processor that, along with a dedicated GPU, provides tremendous power to graphic-intensive applications. It’s one of the few devices that will come with the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The iconic S Pen of Galaxy Note has been improved further to enable greater usage in various apps.
Galaxy Tab 2
The 10.1″ tablet from Samsung is an entertainment-cum-productive powerhouse. Driven by a 7000mAh Li-Po battery and 1 GHz dual-core processor, the Galaxy Tab 2 is a modest tablet that runs on Android 4.0 ICS. It is filled with premium entertainment options including Media Hub, Smart Remote and AllShare Play. Further features like on-device encryption and VPN access ensure that the Tab 2 is secure for business use.
While it’s heartening to see Samsung releasing so many devices on a regular basis, it also raises fears of a sort of ‘glut’ in the market courtesy the plethora of Galaxy gadgets, each not much different from the other. We just hope that Samsung does not slow down its wheel of innovation and offer something new everytime.
I am a simple and focused guy currently pursuing Electricals & Electronics from BITS Pilani Hyderabad and serving as co-editor at Gadgetronica.com
29 September, 2012