MWC 2012: Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Beam

Samsung is already getting plenty of attention for its Galaxy Note, it’s hybrid tablet and smartphone. The next two items up for splicing? Your smartphone and that office standard, the projector.

On Sunday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung announced the introduction of the Galaxy Beam, a smartphone that lets users project photos and video on the nearest blank wall, ceiling or impromptu screen. The phone has a 5 MP camera and records in 720p at thirty frames per second.

The phone is about a half-inch thick and has a 1 GHz dual-core processor. Unlike some competitor’s phones, the Beam isn’t launching with Android’s latest Ice Cream Sandwich system, opting instead for Android 2.3, Gingerbread.

Samsung also announced the Galaxy Tab 2 lineup of tablets in 7-inch and 10.1-inch flavors. Both will be available in 3G and WiFi models, and will be launched in the global market starting in March.

The company also announced a 10.1-inch version of its Galaxy Note, which will come with the S Pen accessory that already graces the 5-inch smartphone-(ish) version. The bigger Note will have the same annotation and highlighting features as its smaller counterpart, and will run Ice Cream Sandwich — putting it ahead of its nearest competitors, HTC’s Jetstream and Flyer tablets (remember those?), which work with the Taiwanese company’s Scribe pen.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 has a 1.4 Ghz dual-core processor and HSPA+ connectivity, which would make it compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile’s cellular networks in the U.S.

The Korean electronics manufacturer is also expected to give eager smartphone watchers a better look at the Galaxy S III during the conference. A piece from Boy Genius Report claims that the upcoming flagship device will have a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, a 4.8-inch 1080p display, a 2MP front-facing and a 8 MP rear-facing camera.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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