Samsung also declined to say when it might ship a 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Note, despite announcing the product in February. The 5-inch Note smartphone shipped earlier this year to mixed reviews but, Samsung says, to strong sales. The Note smartphone boasts a digital pen that the company says should appeal to those wanting to create content on tablets. (InfoWorld's review of the Galaxy Note smartphone faulted its lack of native-resolution apps and OS controls, which resulted in awkward operations, but praised the digital pen capabilities.)
A 10.1-inch tablet version of the Note will be available in some European countries later this year, but Samsung would not say when or whether it plans to bring the device to the United States. A spokesman did say that the specs for the Note tablet shown in February -- essentially the same as for the original Galaxy Tab plus the inclusion of the digital pen -- were not final and might be improved. At a press conference, a spokesman dodged a question as to Samsung has been so coy about releasing a product that both Samsung and many product reviewers call innovative.
Samsung also showed new models of its Galaxy Player devices, essentially clones of Apple's iPod Touch, with the same two color options (black and white) as the iPod Touch. The 3.6- and 4.2-inch models add MicroSD slots, and they include IR beaming to control home stereo equipment. They can also connect directly via Wi-Fi Direct technology (no router needed) to some Samsung digital cameras to display the camera's screen and to control picture-taking remotely. They can also send music to compatible stereos via Bluetooth, as many smartphones, tablets, and the iPod Touch can.
If a Galaxy Tab 2 device is linked to the same network as a higher-end Internet-connected Samsung TV, the TV's screen can be mirrored to it. The tablet's screen can also be mirrored to the TV via Wi-Fi, similar to how an Apple TV device works when connected to a TV. But an Apple TV cannot be used to send the TV's screen to an iPad or other iOS device.
Samsung's remote control app for home theater equipment currently runs only on Samsung Android devices, such as the Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Play series. The company says it is working on an iOS version and an Android version for competing hardware.
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