Skip to main content

Samsung considering Galaxy Tab 10.1 overhaul after seeing iPad 2

Galaxy tab 10.1The upcoming 10-inch Galaxy Tab had drawn comparisons to the iPad2 even before it was unveiled. Now that the world’s gotten its first glimpse of Apple’s new tablet, Samsung is scrambling to get its own anticipated device up to par. In a statement to YonHap News, Samsung executive Lee Don-joo admits, “We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate. Apple made it very thin.”

Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Mobile World Congress last month. The Honeycomb tablet was one of the most hyped devices of the entire event, although there were varying hands-on reports. It boasts some impressive specs and puts the iPad 2’s photo capabilities to shame, and is also sleeker than the Xoom. According to reports, most of the issues with the tablet seemed like bugs that would be worked out before the release, which still has yet to be announced. Now, it’s sounding like that day could be pushed back even further.

There’s no doubt that Apple has inarguably brought a contender to the tablet table with the iPad 2, but it’s more than the device itself that is going to put pressure on competitors: It’s the pricing. Which is good news for consumers, as Don-joo also said the iPad’s pricing will influence the Galaxy Tab’s. “The 10-inch (tablet) was to be priced higher than the 7-inch (tablet), but we will have to think that over.”

Get your weekly teardown of the tech behind PC gaming
Check your inbox!

If you’re a Galaxy Tab fan, you might be a little wary of what’s about to happen with the product. Samsung’s been teasing a potential new 8.9-inch version (could this be the alleged big tablet introduction at CTIA?) while also overhauling the 10.1. The iPad 2 has Samsung quaking in its boots, which is less than comforting from a tablet-maker that has been one of the notable challengers to the original iPad. Or, perhaps to put a more positive spin on the ordeal, Samsung has been waiting in the wings for iPad 2 unveiling before officially finishing its product and picking a launch date in order to throw everything it’s got at Apple.

At the iPad 2 launch earlier this week, Apple notoriously threw up a screenshot of the Samsung misquote read round the world. “As you heard, our sell-in [of the Galaxy Tab] was quite aggressive…around two million. In terms of sell-out, we believe it was quite small,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs read at the event. In reality, as we all now know, Samsung exec Young-hee Lee had said “quite smooth.” Forbes asked if Samsung had a statement regarding the misprint, to which a spokeswoman said her company “politely declines to comment.”

Editors' Recommendations

Molly McHugh
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Before coming to Digital Trends, Molly worked as a freelance writer, occasional photographer, and general technical lackey…
Forget Apple’s newest iPad — the Galaxy Tab S8 should be your next tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 alongside the tenth-gen iPad.

For a while now, the tablet industry has been rather boring. That's not due to the lack of compelling devices, but because of lopsided competition. Apple’s iPads have reigned supreme, and with the arrival of iPadOS, Apple made it clear that it was serious at playing the tablet game.

The dominance has been particularly evident at the entry level, where the $329 iPad has been the default choice for an affordable, reliable tablet. That’s not the case anymore in 2022. The "entry-level" 10th-gen iPad now starts at $449. It looks fresh, offers USB-C nirvana, and comes with a new Magic Keyboard to sell its computing chops.

Read more
Best Cyber Monday iPad Deals: iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPad Mini
Best Cyber Monday iPad Deals

Cyber Monday is over, but some deals are still hanging on. We're seeing some lingering Cyber Monday deals on lots of highly sought after tech, like tablets. Below you'll find out picks for the best Cyber Monday iPad deals you can still shop, with discounts on everything from the iPad Mini to the iPad Air. Who knows how longs these remaining deals will last, so there's no time like right now to grab yourself a ne iPad. If you want to save some extra cash, you can grab a model from a few years ago -- or if the newest and shiniest iPad is all you'll settle for, don't worry as it's on sale too. If you're not married to Apple as a manufacturer, you should browse our other Cyber Monday tablet deals as well. Don't forget this is the last major sales event of the year, so if you order today, your new iPad should still arrive in time for the holidays.
Best Cyber Monday iPad Deals
Apple 10.2-inch iPad -- $270 was $329

This is one of those Cyber Monday iPad deals you don't want to miss. Digital Trends' Adam Doud once called the 2021 Apple iPad "the new boss," in his Apple iPad (2021) review, which, admittedly, is a lot like the old boss. That's not a bad thing -- it just means Apple got it right the first time, and with its return, they got it right again, with a little more power inside. It has great battery life, powerful internal hardware, and offers a big upgrade to the front-facing camera from the previous generation. Plus, the base storage is increased and much more acceptable with today's data-heavy activities. Grab this deal while it lasts.

Read more
Don’t buy the wrong iPad during Cyber Monday — get this one instead
9th Generation iPad 2021 feat image.

Every year, just like iPhone upgrades, Apple comes out with a new version of its various iPad models, including the entry-level iPad with a 10.9-inch screen. This year, we have the 10th-generation iPad, and while it’s powerful and comes with some great features, it also got a price bump to $449, making it a hard sell for those who want a great iPad on a tighter budget. However, you could find that new iPad on sale for Cyber Monday at B&H for just $399 if you insist on having the latest model.

However, those who still want an iPad with a Home button, or those who just want a great tablet for under $300, should consider picking up the 9th-generation iPad, which is still on sale. And this Cyber Monday, you can find it for a fantastic price at Amazon. We recommended the 9th-generation iPad as the best budget iPad, and for this insanely low price, that holds true more than ever.

Read more