Samsung Announces Launch of Smartphone, Tablet PC in Japan

Samsung Electronics will unveil its Galaxy S smartphone in Japan in late October and the Galaxy Tab tablet PC in late November. Samsung announced the launch of the two gadgets at a press conference with NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator, in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The Android 2.2-powered Galaxy S is equipped with a 4-inch super AMOLED display, 1 Ghz CPU and a 5 million-pixel camera. The Galaxy Tab will also run on Android 2.2 and feature a 7-inch display, 1 Ghz CPU, a 3 million-pixel camera, and a 1.3 million-pixel front camera.

Some 90 percent of the Japanese mobile phone market is taken up by domestic firms such as Panasonic, Fujitsu, NEC and Kyocera, while Sharp remains the market leader with a 26.2 percent share last year.

But foreign companies are on a roll in the fast-growing smartphone market there with Apple accounting for the lion's share or 72 percent, followed by Taiwan's HTC in second place and Canada's Research In Motion in fourth.

The Galaxy S aims to rival the Apple iPhone 4 in the market segment.

englishnews@chosun.com / Oct. 06, 2010 12:27 KST

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