One of the coolest devices to be showcased at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year was Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 ( hit the link for a nice overview ).
The device is intended as a successor to the very well received Samsung Galaxy Tab, which managed to sell over 2 million units since its launch last year, something that managed to chew at the dominance of Apple in this sector. Although very appreciated, the Samsung Galaxy Tab does still go for roughly $500 depending on the retailer and Samsung was planning on releasing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a higher price tag than the 7 inch version.
However, once Apple’s iPad 2 has been announced, Samsung’s executive Vice President, Lee Don-Joo did say that the company needs to, and I quote, “improve the parts that are inadequate”. This is a measure Samsung will have to take in order to make their upcoming Android tablet competitive when facing the low price tag of the iPad 2.
With the modifications brought forth by Apple to their existing design, Samsung’s VP also said that “Apple made the iPad 2 very thin” and because of this the Korean manufacturer will have to rethink their pricing strategy for their upcoming product.
Considering that the Apple iPad 2 can be picked up for as low as $499 for the 16 GB model, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 must offer a price to make it competitive.
Considering that the Motorola Xoom is going for a pretty hefty price tag, Samsung will have to learn from Motorola’s pricing technique and adjust accordingly, maybe even forgo on its profit margins to be able to compete against Apple’s tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Specs
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be coming with a 10.1 inch WXGA TFT LCD display with a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a 1 GHz dual-core processor ( probably NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 ), 1 GB of DDR 2 RAM, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p HD recording and a front-facing VGA camera while weighing in at 599 grams ( that’s 21.1 ounces ).
All of the above will draw power from a 6860 mAh battery, so spec wise the device does have some pretty impressive features yet this wouldn’t justify an $800 or so price tag if they want to compete against the iPad 2.
For the time being there is no official Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 release date or price tag, but we’ll have to keep our eyes open for this one and see if Samsung will manage to pull it off.
Thanks EnGadget for letting us know about Samsung’s decision to “rethink” the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.