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Samsung to reveal new phones, tablets in Feb.

Electronics bellwether aims to sell 60 million smartphones this year

LAS VEGAS ― Samsung Electronics plans to unveil in February its next generation of smartphones running on an upgraded operating system and a dual core processor

The new phones to be revealed at the Mobile World Congress will run on the Gingerbread operating system ― an upgraded Android platform ― with a super AMOLED plus display for a more vivid and brighter screen, the company’s head of mobile business said last week.

“These phones are going to cut a new figure in the smartphone market,” Shin Jong-kyun, who runs the electronic company’s mobile branch, said at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 
Shin Jong-kyun
Shin Jong-kyun

Samsung Electronics currently ranks second in the world after Nokia in terms of handset manufacturing, but is hoping to quickly close that gap.

Shin said Samsung is now targeting to sell some 60 million smartphones this year, more than twice the number it sold last year.

Despite its late entry into the smartphone race, Samsung last year set a record for smartphone sales with its Galaxy S, which became the hightest selling phone running on Google’s Android operating system with global sales of 10 million.

In December, the firm introduced the Nexus S, which is the first smartphone in the world running on the Gingerbread operating system.

Shin also said Samsung will be making forays into faster fourth-generation mobile phones based on the Long Term Evolution standard.

“We plan to distribute our LTE phones to all four major telecommunication companies in the U.S., starting with Verizon, to have the upperhand in fourth-generation smartphones,” he told reporters.

At CES, Samsung Electronics unveiled a plethora of fourth-generation phones including its LTE-based smartphone to be launched via Verizon later this year. 
Models show Samsung Electronics’ new 4G LTE smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (Yonhap News)
Models show Samsung Electronics’ new 4G LTE smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (Yonhap News)

Samsung has pioneered LTE phones after showcasing its first such phone in the U.S. in September last year.

A more varied lineup of tablet PCs is another part of Samsung’s mobile business strategy, Shin said. Last year, Samsung successfully launched its first tablet PC, the Galaxy Tab, selling more than 1.5 million units worldwide.

The new tablets also will be based on fourth generation technology, Shin said.

Regarding market forecasts, Shin said the global smartphone market would experience up to 40 percent growth in 2011 after selling over 20 million handsets last year.

By Kim Ji-hyun (jemmie@Heraldm.com)
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