Samsung’s flagship smartphone – GALAXY S II has been one of the highly anticipated Android smartphones among geeks and casual users alike. The dual-core smartphone has been confirmed to see light in sunny island Singapore at a retail price of S$998 without telco contract. Availability begins some time in June this year.

Winston Goh, product marketing at Samsung Asia  revealed that the demo sets will be present in the upcoming PC Show 2011 at Samsung and selected retailer booths but will be not be available for purchase yet. My guess is that the phone will be available for retail in the later half of June. Regardless, potential buyers will have a quick look and feel of the smartphone before making the choice. Pre-orders are expected to go up soon

**apologies for the color balance issue**

If you have been researching on this phone, you will know that the GALAXY S II is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the smartphone sports an awesome 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be running on the phone with various apps installed as well as games on the Samsung App Store,  optimized for the smartphone itself.

A 8-megapixel camera with LED flash is found at the back with the 3.5mm audio jack on the top of the Samsung GALAXY S II. The phone also supports 1080p full high definition video recording and playback. I am loving the textured feel at the back of the phone, which gives it a good grip, complimenting its slim design at 8.47mm thin.

The other highlight at the media event today was the Galaxy Tab 10.1 which will mark its availability in July this year at Singapore. Prices are at 16GB Wi-Fi – S$668; 32GB Wi-Fi – S$798; 64GB Wi-Fi – S$928
16GB 3G – S$848; 32GB 3G – S$978; 64GB 3G – S$1,108

Samsung’s GALAXY Tab 10.1 is powered by Google’s Honeycomb Android operating system, it is at 8.6mm thick and weighs approximately 560g (The Apple iPad 2 measures 8.8mm thin). While these numbers might not bother the average user, it is definitely a boost in geek morale to have one of the slimmest devices around. I have heard during the event that Samsung will be integrating a version of its Touchwiz into the tablet although no dates were mentioned. Our hand-on of the GALAXY Tab 10.1 during the event was running on stock Honeycomb interface.

slim is the keyword

The original GALAXY Tab will still remain as part of Samsung’s lineup and Winston has confirmed that the product will still be in the market together with the new products.  The 7-inch GALAXY Tab will be upgradeable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but not Android 3.0 Honeycomb, probably due to hardware limitations.

have it portrait or landscape, your choice.


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