CES 2011: Samsung Rolls Out Wi-Fi-Only Galaxy Tab, Infuse 4G

LAS VEGAS-- Samsung today announced that the Wi-Fi-only version of its popular Galaxy Tab will be available later this quarter, previewed the eventual release of the Infuse 4G smartphone for AT&T and teased several more content and partnership deals that will be revealed later at this week's Consumer Electronics Show.

Omar Khan, chief strategy officer of Samsung's mobile business unit, told attendees to expect several significant new partnership announcements regarding mobile content and devices in the next few days as this year's edition of the world's largest tradeshow hits full stride.

"We're the No. 1 Android device provider in the U.S.," Khan said. "We will have much more on speed, screen and content later in the week."

Khan announced that the company's Media Hub content library will now include content from CBS, bringing popular TV shows such as "CSI," "Survivor" and "NCIS" to the fold along with existing content from partners such as Paramount and MTV, among others.

Also, customers accessing content on their Galaxy S smartphones or Galaxy Tab tablets now will be able to purchase content through direct carrier billing with T-Mobile.

Aside from those tidbits, Samsung and mobile junkies will have to be content with a couple of expected but intriguing announcements, particularly the release of the Wi-Fi-only version of its Galaxy Tab tablet PC.

More than 1.5 million Galaxy Tabs have been sold since its debut last fall. Featuring a 7-inch display and running Google's Android 2.2 mobile operating system, Samsung's flagship offering in the ultra-competitive tablet market includes support for Adobe Flash 10.1, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera and camcorder for video chat and 16 GB of internal storage.

"At Samsung, we're not only the leader in high-end devices, but also in giving consumers the most choice," Khan said of the Wi-Fi-only model, adding that its compact and convenient design makes the Galaxy Tab ideal for watching movies or TV programs, reading books or emailing on the go.

Samsung and AT&T today also announced the Samsung Infuse 4G smartphone which will feature the company's next-generation Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen that company officials claim serves up 50 percent more subpixels for greater contrast and outdoor visibility. The screen is also bigger -- 4.5 inches diagonally -- though it too runs on Android 2.2 and not Gingerbread as some fans had expected.

Infuse 4G will also include a 1.2 GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording functionality and the standard 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat.

However, neither Samsung nor AT&T would say when Infuse 4G will be available nor how much it will cost -- but it wouldn't be terribly surprising if those details were divulged later in the week when the company promises to release more content and device information.

Also, Samsung announced the release of Galaxy Player, an Android 2.2 media player with a 4-inch LCD screen and access to more than 120,000 Android applications.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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