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Samsung Galaxy S II LTE & Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Announced

Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE

The Samsung Galaxy S II is set to have it’s big debut here in the United States this week at a Samsung event, but that isn’t stopping its successor from hitting the streets. It was heavily suspected it wasn’t too far off from release, but the Korean manufacturer has now officially announced the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE.

Besides the obvious upgrade to 4G LTE connectivity, the new version is bumping some of the other specs as well.  The screen is increasing from 4.27-inches to 4.5-inches, while the processor is increasing from a 1.2 Ghz dual-core to a 1.5 Ghz dual-core and a beefier 1850 mAh battery.  The new version will also see the addition of NFC (near field communication) technology.

There is no word yet on the pricing or which countries and carriers this is coming to first, but this may be part of the answer as to why Verizon is skipping the Galaxy S II.  Considering the push that carrier has put on promoting its LTE network, it makes sense that they would want to get their hands on this.

Also finally making it’s long-awaited debut is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE.  We always knew this smaller companion to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was coming, but no one really suspected the delay in its release was due to the addition of an LTE radio.  No word on pricing or release information for this smaller tablet as of yet, but seeing as both devices will be making their debuts at IFA this coming week, we’re sure to learn a lot more.

Our own Jon Rettinger will be in Berlin for the show and will be sure to grab some hands-on video with these new entrants into the world of Android from Samsung.

Do either the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE or Galaxy Tab 8.9 grab your attention?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...