Could the release of Apple’s iPad 2 force Samsung to lower their price on the 10″ Galaxy Tab? Reports say there’s a chance that Samsung may actually drop the price on the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 in reaction to Apple’s announcement of the iPad 2. The starting price of the iPad 2 will be the same as its predecessor – just $499. If the planned price for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 remains upwards of $600, Samsung’s sales could suffer.
When iPad 2 was revealed, everyone saw just how thin it was, only 8.8mm thick while Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, although thinner than its predecessor, is 10.9mm thick. Smart observers will note that’s 20% fatter than the iPad 2. The vice president of Samsung’s mobile division, Lee Don-joo, admitted to Yonhap News Agency that the new slimness and same price of iPad 2 will be a dilemma. “The 10-inch was to be priced higher than the 7-inch but we will have to think that over,” he added. His statement is understandable as the Galaxy 10.1 has improved aspect over the 7 inch tablet in every way.
“We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate. Apple made (the iPad 2) very thin.” these are the words of Mr. Lee so we can expect that there will be a second version of the Galaxy 10.1 which will be of the same thickness as its biggest rival or even thinner and cheaper, or there will be a $100 or more cut price on their latest tablet product. Whichever of these options they’ll choose will certainly be great news for Samsung fans.
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