Samsung is sweating after Apple’s announcement of the iPad 2. In a conversation with the Yonhap News Agency, executive vice president of Samsung mobile devices Lee Don-joo expressed concerns about the competitiveness of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet in light of the iPad 2.
” We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate,” he told the agency. “Apple made it very thin.”
At .35 inches thick, the iPad 2 limbos in just below the .4-inch measurement of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Judging by the narrowness of that margin, what appears to be Don-joo’s concern is the arrangement of hardware inside the Tab 10.1 (no elaboration on his thoughts there) and, of course, the price.
The iPad 2 starts at $499, the same price as the Wi Fi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab (for Sprint). Of course, a larger 10.1-inch version of the Tab that packs a dual-core processor should cost more, right? Around say, $799 (without a contract), like the 10-inch Motorola Xoom tablet? Seems like Samsung was thinking along those pricing lines. That is, until the cheaper and thinner 9.7-inch iPad 2 showed up.