A Samsung executive reportedly found aspects of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 "inadequate," following Apple's introduction of the iPad 2. That comes as speculation grows that Samsung may roll out an 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab later this month.
2 introduction of the iPad 2 is sending Samsung executives back to the drawing
"We will have
to improve the parts that are inadequate," Samsung Executive Vice
President Lee Don-Joo told the Yonhap news agency, according to Physorg.com
reflecting on how Samsung's contribution to a market spurred by the original
iPad now holds up to Apple's next-generation tablet. "Apple made it very thin."
The iPad 2
weighs 1.35 pounds (versus the iPad's 1.5 pounds) and measures 0.34 inches
thin-making it a third thinner than the original iPad and thinner even than the
iPhone 4. It features a dual-core processor that Apple calls the A5 and says
makes the iPad 2 twice as fast as its predecessor. The iPad 2's graphics are
also nine times faster, and the device can achieve 10 hours of battery life and
includes a built-in gyroscope and front and back cameras for video calling.
opted to keep its pricing the same, starting the iPad 2 at $499 and running up
At the Mobile
World Congress event Feb. 14, Samsung introduced its follow-up to its 7-inch
Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It features a 10.1-inch display, Flash 10.1
support, front and rear cameras, a 1GHz dual-core application processor, and runs
the Android 3.0, or "Honeycomb," operating system. The company has yet to
announce pricing-though that may arrive, it seems, a bit later than expected.
[tablet] was to be priced higher than the 7-inch, but we will have to think
that over," Samsung's Lee told Yonhap.
already be on to bolstering its tablet portfolio, with rumors that an 8.9-inch
Galaxy Tab will be released March 22. Speculation was fueled March 3, when
Samsung e-mailed an invitation to journalists to join Samsung executives that
day for an event in Orlando, Fla., related to the Samsung tablet portfolio.
Lee was surprised by the iPad 2, U.S. analysts were somewhat less so.
revolutionary here-more standard evolution of the [hardware]," wrote analyst
Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates in a March 2 research note. "I don't see any
overwhelmingly compelling capabilities that would make people sitting on the
tablet fence go out and have to buy one, despite some attractive apps."
Gold, like others,
noted another iPad rival that Samsung and the like might worry about instead-Motorola.
"I don't see
this as heads above the competition-especially the Xoom-right now," Gold
Business Research analyst Ken Hyers noted, "Some customers and developers
bristle at the amount of control that Apple wields," which might make them more
likely to choose an Android-running tablet.
developers, it's straightforward to build whatever device they want using
Android," Hyers told eWEEK. "Look at the Xoom."
that while the iPad 2 is "sleek and stylish," it "will miss the boat in terms
of screen resolution and cameras, where it fails to match the Motorola Xoom.
Future Android tablets will likely push the envelope even further."
launched on the Verizon Wireless network Feb. 24, making it the first Honeycomb
tablet to market. It features a dual-core Tegra 2 1GHz processor, dual cameras,
a 10.1-inch display and 3D rendering capabilities. It's priced at $599 with a
two-year contract, and later this year will be upgradeable to run on 4G
launch of the Galaxy Tab in October 2010, Samsung has sold approximately 2
million of the tablets. During his introduction of the iPad 2, Apple CEO Steve
Jobs noted that Apple, by contrast, sold 15 million iPads between April and
invitation Samsung officials sent journalists for the March 22 event in
Florida, an image of a tablet is shown, and over it the words, "What's your Tab
life? 78910." The mysterious code, it is thought by some observers, could refer
to Samsung's eventual tablet lineup.
Below the image,
the invitation welcomes journalists to "discover what the buzz is all about"
and join Samsung as "we experience a world of endless technological
possibility. We'll unveil our latest mobile products and innovations and
explore the exciting new consumer lifestyles they make possible."
however, it seems folks at Samsung have some thinking to do.