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South Korean companies pledge to combat iPad

updated 01:15 pm EDT, Thu August 26, 2010

Apple tablet could arrive early next month

South Korean companies are vowing to introduce other tablet offerings to combat the iPad, which could ship to the country very soon, writes Agence France-Presse. The country's top wireless carrier, SK Telecom, is hedging much of its bets on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch Android-based tablet. "We are aiming for a September release," says SK spokesman Kim Dae-Woong, though prices and a release date are as yet undecided. "We are also considering diverse tablet PCs at the moment."

LG is expected to release its own Android tablet by December. Apple's local distributor in Korea, KT, says it in fact plans to launch a low-end tablet before it brings the iPad into the country. The iPad could arrive in early September, says KT spokesman Lee In-Won.

KT has reportedly sold over 1 million iPhones, approximately 880,000 of which are 3G and 3GS models. 212,000 are actually pre-orders for the iPhone 4, which will ship sometime next month. The company has not committed to firm details for the device, though monthly fees are unlikely to change much if at all.


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  1. wrenchy

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    South Korean Companies


    ... Should pledge their allegiance to the Little Green Robot instead of all these empty promises.

    Talk is cheap. Get on board the Android Train and compete with good, solid wholesome products. Leave the talking and empty promises to Apple.

  1. cmoney

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    South Korean Companies

    are exactly the wrong companies to take on the iPad. If all they do is release a generic tablet and throw a generic Android build on, they're not even half-a55ing it.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Why is S. Korea so set on taking Apple's iPad

    down? Did Apple personally do something to them? It just seems like they have some sort of strange fixation. I mean, there's lots of computer and smartphone vendors to go after with larger market share than Apple has. It's not like they're going to be able to do it, anyway. What kind of distribution channel would they have here in the U.S. that would even come close to Apple's retail chain?

    Where are they going to be getting all their media content from? I happen to like Korean programming (dramas and music shows), but that's hardly going to please most of the consumers in the U.S. Once Apple gets that data center cloud storage going, it'll be curtains for rival tablet vendors. From what I've heard, the Android App Market doesn't even come close to the App Store in terms of quality apps because it doesn't have the revenue pull for larger developers. I'm not saying that S. Korea can't produce a quality product, but I just figure they'll be weak compared to Apple when it comes to marketing, distribution and customer support.

  1. yticolev

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    Combat? Or compete in an interesting new market?

  1. Foe Hammer

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    South Korea's Best Strategy ...

    ... for combatting the iPad would be to highjack the shipper's iPad delivery trucks as they leave customs inspection and drive them into the ocean.

    The only thing worse than than an Android or a Windows 7 tablet would be the same thing manufactured even more cheaply.

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