With rumors of a new iPad variant from Apple on the horizon, Samsung is ramping up its own tablet offerings, with new versions of the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note.
The sequel to the seven-inch Galaxy Tab, which was first unveiled early this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will roll out Friday on Verizon's 4G long-term evolution high-speed data network . A day earlier, retailers will start selling the larger version of Samsung's hit Galaxy Note phablet, the 10.1, although the larger version does not make voice calls.
Samsung says it sold 10 million units of the original 5.3-inch Galaxy Note within the first nine months, and reached the benchmark of 5 million shipments in five months.
The larger version is distinguishable from its sister, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 by its design and digital ink capability. Using its S-Pen stylus, users can add their own touches to everything from photos and videos to presentations and emails with tools that automatically add shapes and formulas. The 10.1 runs Android 4.0.4 and will update to 4.1 (Jelly Bean) later this year. It packs a 1.4 gigahertz Exynos quad-core processor with 2 gigabytes of RAM as well as 1.9 megapixel front-facing and 5.0 megapixel rear-facing cameras.
Perhaps most uniquely, it's capable of running some applications simultaneously in dual views on the touchscreen , with the ability to transfer data betwen them.
The 16 gigabyte version of the Note 10.1 is $399 and the 32-gig model is $549, or $50 cheaper than the iPad with comparable storage.
The seven-inch Galaxy Tab 2 comes as Verizon announces that its 4G LTE network will expand this week to more than 75 percent of the U.S. population, with 34 new markets and expanded service in 38 existing markets Thursday.
The Galaxy Tab 2 runs Android 4.0 and packs a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera and VGA front-facing camera, a 1.2 GHz dual-core application processor and 8 gigabytes of internal memory with support for expansion to 64 GB via microSD card. The cost is $349 with a two-year data plan. Existing Share Everything customers can add the device for just $10 more per month. (continued...)
Gunnar Edholm, Sweden:
Posted: 2012-11-03 @ 12:50am PT
I'm a dedicated mac user since the very beginning, but I must say that the Samsung is way better with its 2GB RAM memory and the extension memory slot that takes up to 64GB microSD. When Apple makes that happen and with an easy upgrade RAM memory, I will buy their product, not before.
If Apple produced a 'toughbook' version of their Powerbook they would soak up the market. I'm writing this on a 12 year old [Pismo]. The hinges are done. Duct-tape keeps it up. The case has cracked up and down where the battery sits. Still runs perfect. As long as it delivers, it will serve me.
I guess Apple doesn't like to see this life-length on their products, but they might get a wrong-thinking reputation because being extremely good value makes buyers open their wallets.