Samsung preps dual-core devices for MWC

LAS VEGAS--Samsung indicated it will unveil dual-core smartphones and new tablets next month in Barcelona, Spain, at the Mobile World Congress trade show there as it seeks to keep pace with rivals Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI) and LG in the race for the most powerful mobile devices. 

Speaking at an event here at the Consumer Electronics Show, JK Shin, the president of Samsung's mobile communications business, said the company will detail its 2011 smartphone and tablet portfolio in detail at the European event. He also said the company will push hard on the dual-core processor front.

"We will continue to keep our technology leadership this year," Shin said, according to PC Magazine. "In terms of dual-core applications, we already have a program, and next month at Mobile World Congress we will unveil it."

Samsung hasn't stayed quiet here at CES; the South Korean firm unveiled its first LTE smartphone for Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and the HSPA+ Infuse 4G for AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T), as well as WiFi-only and LTE versions of its GalaxyTab Android tablet. However, for the moment Samsung lags Motorola and LG, which both unveiled gadgets powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 dual-core processor.

Shin said Samsung is now "in a position to supply 4G smartphones and tablets to all the carriers in the U.S.," and added that Samsung may introduce new Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone 7 devices next month. Samsung, which had a slow start in the smartphone market, is coming on strong. According to research firm IDC, Samsung claimed 8.9 percent of the global smartphone market in the third quarter, up from 3 percent in the year-ago period.

For more:
- see this PC Magazine article
- see this WSJ article (sub. req.)
- complete CES coverage

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