Samsung reveals Galaxy S LTE and Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE prior to IFA

The Korean electronics giant has suggested it will offer new products at IFA in Berlin, but today the company released details about two new Android devices.

Samsung Galaxy S II LTE Samsung

We knew that Samsung had something up its sleeve for IFA later this week in Berlin, but the company has let the news slip a little early in a press release issued today. As expected , we'll not only get a version of the Galaxy S II, but also we'll see the return of the Galaxy Tab 8.9.

The Galaxy S II LTE smartphone will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display will offer 3D graphics, though its size also means the device will be far from compact.

Additional features include Wi-Fi, e-mail, and messaging, an 8-megapixel camera, a personal organizer, a digital music player, Bluetooth, and the usual access to Google apps. And as its name suggests, the handset will support 4G LTE networks.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE is similar to the Galaxy Tab 8.9 that Sammy unveiled earlier this year at CTIA. The 8.9-inch screen puts the tablet squarely between the existing Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab. It will support LTE networks, as well, while inside you'll find a rear-facing 3-megapixel camera, a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video calls, a dual-core processor, 1080p HD video playback, Wi-Fi, and Android 3.2 Honeycomb.

We don't have North American availability details for the tablet just yet, but Samsung will announce U.S. versions of the Galaxy S II at an event in New York on Tuesday.

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