Regardless of the fact that Samsung has been filling tablet production lines and slashing prices of its tablets, the company will most likely not hit its shipment goal of 60 million tablets shipped in 2014. Although, the company has shipped 20 million devices in the first half of the year 16.6 percent higher on the year.
Things can get pretty ugly when two giants go toe-to-toe in court. And that is where Samsung and Apple are these days. The latest punch comes from Apple in the direction of Samsung. It turns out that Samsung did not actually sell 2 million Galaxy Tab units six weeks in 2011 as Strategy Analytics had originally reported. And with this report came the big news that Apple’s tablet market share had fallen. But now it all looks like that was untrue.
An internal report brought forward in court reveals that Samsung actually sold 1 million Galaxy Tab units for all of 2011. The same document highlights Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets outselling Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. And Apple dominated the market with 17.4 million iPads sold in 2011. Samsung misled just about everyone by reporting higher Galaxy Tab sales.
A few weeks ago, we saw a Samsung tablet with the model number SM-T330. Now we may know what tablet the model number belongs to along with two other brand new tablets. My Samsung Phones has spotted what looks to be the Galaxy Tab 4 series, made up of 7, 8, and 10.1-inch models. The specs for the Galaxy Tab Series is roughly the same across the board. Each has WiFi, 3G, and LTE variants. Impressively, all will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat.
The 7-inch variant will have 8GB of internal memory while the two larger ones will store 16GB; however, memory can be expanded thanks to a microSD card slot. Also, each will have a 1200×800 TFT LCD display. A quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz is joined by 1GB or 1.5GB of RAM (depending upon the model).
Hit the break to see the full spec sheet for each device.
Samsung has dominated the smartphone market, and there aren’t too many people left that would even try to dispute that. However, the one market that Samsung desperately wants but hasn’t managed to claim is the tablet market. Although tablet shipments have been rising very quickly and even outnumber Apple, no one manufacturer has been able to make a line of tablets that truly compete with the success of Apple’s iPad line. In a few months, though, that may change.
If you plan on grabbing a new phone from AT&T anytime soon (during the holiday season), then be aware that there is a pretty good deal you can score. With the purchase a of Samsung Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S 4 Active, Galaxy Note 3, or Galaxy Note II, you can pick up a Galaxy Tab 3 for free. All you have to do is buy one of the aforementioned phones via a two year contract or by using the Next upgrade program. And of course you will have to add the tablet to your plan for $10 per month. AT&T’s Eric Gofield says that “consumers who are trying to decide between a smartphone or a tablet don’t have to compromise.” Certainly a good deal if you intend on buying one of those devices. Hit the break for the full press release from AT&T.
The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled this week that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1′s design doesn’t infringe on design elements of the Apple iPad. This stalls Apple’s plans of trying to get the Galaxy Tab 10.1′s off the shelves in the Netherlands. Apple says that Samsung infringed on the registration of a 2004 “community design” of the iPad. A “community design” in the European Union is a form of intellectual property right that prevents businesses from copying the aesthetics of products.
The court dismissed the case, explaining that while Apple’s design patents were valid, there isn’t much of a case to be made against the Galaxy Tab since numerous other products have also implemented similar designs. The court also noted that the Galaxy Tab is different enough from the iPad to be unique in the eyes of an informed consumer. Samsung responded to the ruling with a zinger, stating “Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners.”
Source: PC World
If you are looking for a high-end Samsung Galaxy Tab device, you may not need to wait too long. The gang at SamMobile reports that Samsung is diligently working on a specialized tablet to compete against the likes of the iPad and Sony’s Xperia Z tablet. I know you’re all thinking wait a minute— Samsung’s existing tablets are already established competitors to the iPad and Xperia Z tablet, right? Well, there’s one thing that the Xperia Z and iPad has the existing Galaxy Tabs don’t: a superior display. Knowing this, Samsung will incorporate a full Super AMOLED FULL HD Display which would rival other brands’ offerings. Moreover— the displays are rumored to come in at 10.1 or 11.6-inches. Complimenting the HD display will be the new Exynos 5 chip running the show.
Considering Samsung already has its fingerprints over a certain tablet with an awesome display that is currently unrivaled by the competiton, it’s pretty safe to say that its new line of premium tablets are going to be amazing. Well— if that’s true that is…
American Airlines’ tablet deployment is one of the larget corporate deployments in the U.S. with 33,000 devices in the fleet. You may be familiar with the decision to deploy iPads to pilots with general aircraft information and navigational charts. You may not be so familiar with American’s decision to deploy Samsung Galaxy Note devices to flight attendants, Galaxy Tab devices to mechanics, and making Galaxy Tab devices available to certain passengers for entertainment purposes. Lisa Canada, American’s Managing Director of Operations Technology recently shared some insight into the decision to deploy 23,000 Android powered devices.
We know that most of you Android fanatics out there were no doubt tickled seeing Sammy’s Super Bowl teaser last week— but viewers of the Big Game were treated to an even better version of the ad. In this extended version of the advertisement, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen each take some time to go back and forth about who should be featured in the ad and why they should be featured, while highlighting a typical Samsung device’s noteworthy feature (i.e. being able to take a photo and scribble on the photo with the Galaxy Note II). Of course when given the opportunity, they are each given the chance to pitch their reasoning to a top Samsung exec on what should be featured in the ad— only to realize that the advertisement should feature the world’s greatest basketball player featured as opposed to something with Rogen and Rudd in the ad.
Of course only reading about the funny ad is only half the story— hit the flip to get a good chuckle from the 2:00 min ad.
It certainly appears that Sammy is pulling no stops when it comes the developing some sweet tablets for 2013. We are already aware of the Galaxy Note 8.0 that’s on the way, but a leaked GLBenchmark has recently surfaced indicating yet another beast is currently in the works. If you recall, we recently told you about Sammy’s plans on bringing some new additions to the Galaxy Tab family— and we now have a nifty little benchmark which helps to prove what we’d heard before. According to the screenshot you see above, the device is currently codenamed “Santos” and has a model number of GT-P3200. In addition, the device features the latest build of Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.1), has a 1,200 x 800 resolution and has a peak frequency of something around 1.5GHz.
Additional details are scarce for now, but it’s probably a safe bet to assume that we’re getting our first glimpse of what could possibly be the Galaxy Tab 3 tablet. But then again— it could be something else entirely different. Nevertheless, we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open of this mysterious little toy that Sammy has in development.