Samsung’s new tablet not expected to trounce iPad
IOL Business - Aug 17th 2012, 09:31
Samsung Electronics’ new tablet, first unveiled in February this year, is the South Korean electronics giant’s latest attempt to wrest market share from Apple, but it is not being heralded as an iPad killer.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet went on sale yesterday in the US, Britain and South Korea, just weeks before Samsung is expected to unwrap its revamped version of the original 5.3-inch Note smartphone.
Samsung, which is accused by Apple of copying the design and some features of its iPad and iPhone, hopes the enlarged version of its popular Note tablet will resonate with consumers, and the device – with a stylus-type pen and split-screen feature – has picked up positive reviews from tech bloggers.
That said, the price – $499 (R4 091) for 16 gigabytes of memory and wi-fi only, the same as the iPad – and competition from increasingly smart cellphones, have left analysts doubting the new device will see off the iPad. “When you look at the price and overall consumer awareness about Samsung tablets, it’s not likely to be a big success,” Park Young at Woori Investment & Securities in Seoul said. – Reuters
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