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Samsung to launch 4G tablet this year, Galaxy S III in 2012

News by Dan Seifert on Monday May 30, 2011.

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In an interview with Dow Jones, Samsung's head of mobile, J.K. Shin spilled the beans on the company's upcoming plans for a 4G tablet and the next iteration of the Galaxy S line of smartphones.

With regards to a 4G tablet, Shin said: "The race for 4G (fourth-generation) has already started. 4G transition is inevitable particularly for tablets because it requires faster download speeds than smartphones to handle bigger volume content." The 4G tablet from Samsung is expected to be an evolution of existing Samsung tablets, though further details were not provided.

Shin also hinted that the company plans to launch a third version of its Galaxy S line of smartphones, presumably dubbed Galaxy S III, in the first half of 2012. It is not surprising that Samsung would want to follow up the successful Galaxy S and Galaxy S II with another model, but it is surprising to hear an executive talk about plans that are so far out, at risk of cannibalizing Samsung's current product.

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