updated 07:10 pm EDT, Fri April 6, 2012
Samsung may repeat tablet update to rival Apple
Samsung might once again be delaying a tablet after being caught out by Apple if claims by industry insiders are real. They purportedly told MK that the Galaxy Note 10.1 was being moved to June to upgrade from the dual-core, 1.4GHz chip recycled from the regular Galaxy Note to the quad-core, 1.5GHz Exynos 4412. What if anything else would change wasn't outlined.
The contacts were emphatic that the upgrade was an attempt to one-up the new iPad. In order to "outsmart" the A5X's quad-core graphics, Samsung was going to bring in a full quad-core processor, according to one of the contacts. The 1.4GHz chip in the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note is only slightly faster than that in the Galaxy S II in CPU power and well behind Apple in graphics speed.
None of the details have been confirmed by Samsung. It has so far been largely silent on when the Note 10.1 would be in stores at all, however, and may have had June in mind regardless.
An about-face on hardware wouldn't be unprecedented for Samsung. Last year, its original Galaxy Tab 10.1 design was slightly more unique, but relatively thick and aimed at beating the original iPad on the assumption Apple wouldn't update the iPad for a long time. The iPad 2, unveiled two weeks later, outclassed the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in thickness and weight and led Samsung to publicly swear that it would "not be outdone." By late March, Samsung had completely remade the design to make the tablet much thinner and lighter without sacrificing features, suggesting the company hadn't thought to make the best possible design on its own.
Leaving the Galaxy Note 10.1 to a June release would still give Apple a wide berth, as the new iPad will have been on sale for three months before the first countries get the larger Note. Pricing is also an issue, as the Wacom-based digitizer screen and the pen may make it difficult for Samsung to match or beat the iPad on price. [via PocketDroid]