Samsung rethinking Galaxy Tab?

The launch of the iPad 2 wasn't just significant for Apple and the consumer, it was also significant for the growing competition in the tablet market. Something alluded to by Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division.

According to Crave, he's recently been interviewed by Korean news agency Yonhap and although something might have been lost in translation, it seems that the launch of the iPad 2 will lead to a rethink of the Galaxy Tab by Samsung, not least, the recently-launched 10.1-inch samsung Galaxy Tab and we suspect, the much-rumoured 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab.

'We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate,' he said. 'Apple made it very thin... The 10-inch (tablet) was to be priced higher than the 7-inch (tablet) but we will have to think that over.'

In essence, if the translation is correct, it sounds like the price of the large Galaxy Tab is about to come down to keep it competitive. it also sounds like Samsung will be looking to upgrade its tablet sooner rather than later. Improved parts, slimmer design, cheaper price point. Sounds good to us. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 10.9mm thick, as opposed to the iPad 2's 8.8mm, so there is some scope to cut down.

Not in the short term though. Samsung's only movement right now would be in terms of price. Realistically, it does need to undercut the market leader if it wants in-roads into the tablet market. At the same time, it also needs to spin a profit on its hardware. Decisions...decisions...

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