Shortly after the iPad 2 was unveiled, it was reported that Samsung would be overhauling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 to more ably compete with Apple’s new tablet. And it wasn’t some bogus rumor simply making the rounds on fan boy sites – Korea’s Yonhap News Agency quoted the company’s executive VP of mobile Lee Don-Joo as saying “We will have to improve that parts that are inadequate. Apple made it very thin,” and “The 10-inch was to be priced higher than the 7-inch, but we will have to think the over.”
But Samsung is now denying the whole thing, telling the same source that the 10-inch Galaxy Tab will launch “as scheduled.” Were a remodel in order, the device would obviously be delayed, and Don-Joo says “We will continue to make every effort to provide the most powerful, well-designed and productive model device to customers.”
While the tablet itself might not be getting any work done, we wouldn’t rule out a price change quite yet. The iPad 2’s low pricing is going to make it fairly difficult for competitors, who will want to undercut Apple and sway on-the-fence buyers. That means a couple of things: One, it’s obviously good for consumers, who will be able to choose from a wider selection of more affordable tablets. Two, it means Samsung might be hard-pressed to actually profit off its Galaxy Tab lineup.
On a comforting note, it appears the wheels are in motion over at Samsung. The FCC has approved the new Galaxy Tab, which could possible hit shelves by mid-summer if you take the length of the confidentiality agreement into consideration. So anyone considering a new tablet is in luck: It looks like the near future holds a growing selection of them – including the 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab reportedly in the works.
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