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Samsung's Mobile World Congress festivities

Samsung shows off two new Android devices at its Mobile World Congress shindig--its new Galaxy S II flagship smartphone and its Galaxy Tab 10.1. Here's a look at the event.

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The Samsung Galaxy S II debut

JK Shin, president of Samsung's mobile communications business, unveils the Galaxy S II smartphone at Mobile World Congress. The phone has a dual-core processor, a quad-core graphics processor, a 4.3 AMOLED screen, and a thickness of 8.49mm.
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Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung pioneered the Android tablet market with a 7-inch model that would fit in a jacket pocket. The Galaxy Tab 10.1, though, is closer to the size of Apple's iPad, which dominates the tablet market.
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Samsung Unpacked Dancers

Samsung hired a group of dancers dressed as deliverymen who've been touring Barcelona sights with their packages. They performed for waiting crowds before the Samsung event at Mobile World Congress.
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Throngs of Reporters

Hundreds of members of the news media were on hand to cover Samsung's event, packing the venue to the gills.
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Galaxy Tab Performance

Samsung hired a small orchestra comprised of musicians from the Royal Academy of Music to play a tune that combined stringed instruments with electronic ones controlled by 7-inch Galaxy Tabs.
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JK Shin's vision for mobile

JK Shin, president of Samsung's mobile communications business, sees mobile devices spanning work, home, and the journeys in between.
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JK Shin, president of Samsung's mobile communications business

JK Shin, president of Samsung's mobile communications business, makes his case for the Android-based line of Galaxy products.
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Galaxy S II's NFC support

"Leave your wallet at home," Samsung says by way of touting the Galaxy S II's near-field communication (NFC) processor. NFC lets a phone communicate with payment terminals in stores, public transit systems, tickets for shows, and advertising--at least that's the vision. For now, until there are pay stations in use, you'd better bring your wallet with you.
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Samsung's Reader Hub

Samsung puts four "hubs" on its phone--centers of activity where the company offers software beyond the regular Android collection. One is for reading.
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Flash Player 10.1 support

The Samsung Galaxy S II phone supports Adobe Systems' Flash Player 10.1. Adobe has a major push afoot to spread its software to mobile devices, where it's a rarity, unlike on PCs.
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Thomas Richter touts Samsung's phone

Thomas Richter, manager of Samsung's telecommunications portfolio in Europe, touts the Galaxy S II.
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Samsung lost-phone fixes

If you lose a Galaxy S II, you can use a Web site to make it ring, to put a message on its screen, to track it on a map, to limit and monitor calls, and lock it.
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Andrew Coughlin, head of account for Samsung Europe

Andrew Coughlin, head of account for Samsung Europe, flashed the Galaxy S II.
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Galaxy S II hardware

Samsung's applications processor is one of a host of dual-core models arriving in the Android realm. The phone also has a quad-core graphics processor.
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Galaxy Tab 10.1

A look at the front of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Samsung boasted it will be the best Android tablet.
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Galaxy Tab 10.1

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 runs Google's Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb. Samsung didn't announce when it plans to ship the tablet or how much it plans to charge.
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Back of Galaxy Tab 10.1

A look at the obverse of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
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JK Shin talks to reporters

After the event, Shin mingled with the crowd.
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Pick up the Tab

Reporters thronged the 15 Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets on display.

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