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Samsung to reconsider Tab 10.1 pricing due to iPad 2 release

Samsung Executive suggests that Tab 10.1 parts are "inadequate" and must be improved. Launch date remains intact.

It’s not often that you see a company put down its own product, but in a somewhat surprising display of honesty, Samsung seems to be doing just that. According to a statement taken by the Yonhap News Agency, the release of the iPad 2 has managed to challenge Samsung into undertaking a different strategy with regards to their newest Galaxy Tablet.

According to the Executive VP of Samsung’s mobile division, Apple has forced Samsung to “improve the parts that are inadequate” since “Apple made it [the iPad2] very thin”. Now while Mr. Lee Don-Joo’s comments may seem to indicate a change in the Tab’s specs, there is no guarantee that the 10.1” Tab will receive any makeovers. Seeing as Mr. Don-Joo was also quoted as saying “The 10-inch (tablet) was to be priced higher than the 7-inch (tablet) but we will have to think that over”, it’s possible that the only thing changing is the Tab’s price tag.

Now while the iPad 2 managed to best the Tab’s 10.9mm thickness by a full 2.1mm, the Tab remains a capable device on paper. According to Samsung, the Tab 10.1 will feature an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, a 10.1” display with a 1280x800 pixel resolution, an 8MP rear-facing camera, surround speakers, and Android Honeycomb OS 3.0.

Although Mr. Joo’s comments hint towards new parts for the Tab 10.1, Samsung is trying to quell any rumors by announcing that they are sticking to the previous launch date. Unfortunately, that date has yet to be made public so it’ll be tough to figure out if any delays actually occurred. And while a slimmer profile would be nice, making the 10.1” tablet priced closer to the 7” model might be enough to give the iPad 2 a run for its money.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-03- 6 (Update: 2012-05-26)