iPad 2 Causes Samsung to Improve Galaxy Tab 10.1
Apparently consumers weren't the only ones impressed by the iPad 2 announcement earlier this week. Executives at Samsung decided they need to redesign their upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet in order to compete with the iPad 2.
Samsung executive vice president Lee Don-Joo said the iPad 2 improvements Apple announced have caused them to take a look at the Galaxy Tab 10.1 development and "improve the parts that are inadequate."
It's not clear which specific parts were leaving executives wanting, but it's a relief to know that Samsung is trying to improve and be competitive. Lee Don-Joo mentioned the iPad 2's impressive silhouette, which is thinner than the iPhone 4, but didn't make any promises regarding Galaxy Tab design. The Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system it will run is already able to compete with iOS , so it's likely any improvements will be in hardware design.
Perhaps more exciting for consumers was his mention of rethinking the pricing strategy. Hopefully that means more competitive pricing than the Motorola Xoom (and the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, for that matter) have been able to muster so far. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 was originally supposed to be more expensive than the 7-inch version, which launched at around $600 with a data contract, but Samsung will likely have to live on much thinner profit margins with future Android tablets in order to compete with the iPad's massive market share.