A Samsung executive has reportedly said the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will ship on schedule, despite any pause the Apple iPad 2 may have given the company.
Electronics will release its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet according to schedule,
executives have said, according to the Korean Yonhap News Agency. The news
follows a comment from Samsung Executive Vice President Lee Don-Joo, who
reportedly had reacted to the introduction of the Apple iPad 2 by saying that
Samsung "will have to improve parts [of the Galaxy Tab] that are inadequate."
suggesting that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is nearing its launch date, the tablet has
appeared on the Website of the Federal
Communications Commission, which last week gave the device its stamp of approval.
introduced the iPad 2 March 2. Scheduled to begin selling March 11 on the Verizon
Wireless and AT&T networks in addition to at Apple stores, the iPad 2
features a dual-core processor, called the A5 by Apple, that's twice as fast as
the original iPad's, and graphics that are said to be nine times faster. While
including front and back cameras for video calling, and a gyroscope-features
left off of the original-the iPad 2 is lighter and thinner than the original,
and thinner even than the iPhone 4.
"Apple made it
very thin," Samsung's Lee reportedly said March 3, suggesting this was
problematic for, if not just surprising to, Samsung.
at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Samsung introduced the Galaxy
Tab 10.1, a new version of its popular 7-inch Galaxy Tab. The new model
features a 10.1-inch display and supports Flash 10.1. Like a number of soon-to-launch
iPad competitors, it runs Android 3.0, a version of the Google OS designed
especially for tablets, and features a 1GHz application processor, as well as
front- and rear-facing cameras.
rumored to be planning to unveil an 8.9-inch version of the Galaxy Tab at a
March 22 event in Orlando, Fla. On March 3, members of the media received
invitations from Samsung with the mysterious phrasing: "What's your Tab life?
78910," and encouragement to join Samsung as "we experience a world of endless
If the iPad 2
wasn't an impetus for Samsung to pause and make improvements to planned
tablets, it may still cause the company reconsider its pricing strategy.
[tablet] was to be priced higher than the 7-inch, but we will have to think
that over," Samsung's Lee had said, according to Yonhap. Apple, despite
speeding up, slimming down and enriching the iPad 2 with new features, kept its
tablet pricing the same.
led to some speculation that Samsung would consider delaying the launch of the
Galaxy Tab 10.1 to address the perceived problems. However, Samsung officials
squelched those rumors March 5.
hardly alone in looking to Apple for cues on the tablet market. Research In
Motion plans to launch its PlayBook in a matter of weeks, Hewlett-Packard is
rumored to be releasing its TouchPad in June, and Motorola has said that it
considered the iPad 2 when deciding
on pricing for its Xoom tablet.
the looking goes both ways. Apple introduced the iPad 2 just a day before the
planned launch of the Motorola Xoom-a move that many assume was designed to
sway consumers with an eye on the Android-running tablet that analysts
suggest may be Apple's biggest competition.
impact of the Apple maneuver is yet unknown, early Xoom sales were "off to a
good start," according to Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha. Speaking at a
Morgan Stanley conference Feb. 28, Jha nonetheless declined to share early
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.