One of the biggest stories in the Androidverse on Friday was that Samsung has said they may be making some revisions to their upcoming Galaxy Tabs based on the iPad 2 announced earlier this week. Of course the minute that Steve Jobs unveiled all the features of the new iPad 2, every Apple fanboy site was predicting the demise of Android again and every Android site was saying,”Ha that’s nothing”.
Now that the iPad 2 has been officially unveiled people are noticing, even Samsung Mobile who unveiled their Samsung Galaxy 10.1 at MWC last month. Samsung’s D.J. Lee remarked about the size of the iPad2 saying that “Apple Made it Very Thin”. Lee went on to suggest a retooling of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 may be in order
We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate,” Dong-joo Lee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile division
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 is .43 inches thick. the thinnest in 10″ tablets until the iPad 2 was unveiled at a .34″ thickness.
Lee was also concerned about pricing saying “The 10-inch (tablet) was to be priced higher than the 7-inch (tablet),” Lee said, “but we will have to think that over.”
But see that’s where the story ends for most of the websites and here’s where ours continues (after the break)
We first brought this to attention in January. You see Samsung’s semiconductor business beefed up it’s production for Apple in the A4 processor, the processor found in the original iPad and the iPhone 4. However they are also the supplier of the A5 chip found in the iPad 2, the one that’s “9x faster” than the previous chip.
Of course don’t take this the wrong way it happens all the time, but not in such a competitive space. Apple, and other cell phone manufacturers, regularly purchase display parts from Samsung and LG and Samsung has reportedly purchased Nvidia Tegra 2 chips for it’s Samsung Galaxy S II devices.
Is it a big deal? Probably not in displays and the television business but in a market so tight, one where Samsung and Motorola are battling neck and neck to produce the iPad killer, it’s paramount to make sure they can beat a device designed with their own hearts, remember NVIDIA isn’t in the phone business…
Whatever changes Samsung makes it should be well within their means to make the iPad 2 killer, they could have their semiconductor business design the A6 processor.
Samsung also has another tablet up their sleeves the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 which will release later this month at CTIA. The Galaxy Tab is so far the favorite around TDG, even after testing the Motorola Xoom and the Acer Iconia. The size is a big factor as well as the familiarity in the interface from phone to Tablet (a downfall for some).
The Motorola Xoom and many of the forthcoming Android tablets have the guts to beat the iPad2, in my opinion though Samsung needs to do whatever it takes to insure that Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, brings it.
Source: PC World