Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPad and iPad Mini are two devices that have yet to meet their match. Unlike the iPhone, which has the Samsung Galaxy line as a competitor, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) still reigns supreme in the tablet arena.
Apple to be challenged in tablet market
That all could change in the near future. Naver, a South Korean website), cited an unnamed source which claimed Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) has plans to release two new tablets with AMOLED displays. The company will release a tablet with an 8-inch screen and a 10-inch screen. Both tablets are reported to be faster and thinner than LCD versions. Unlike the current lineup of Galaxy tablets, their devices are premium with a price to match.
CNET’s Lance Whitney elaborated, “At least one of the tablets will roll out early next year at the same time Samsung launches the Galaxy S5, the report added. By offering higher-end tablets with two screen sizes, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) wants to compete directly with Apple’s iPad and iPad Mini, the source said. The iPad Air and new Mini both still use LCD screens but are equipped with Retina Displays to enhance their resolution.”
Currently, premium tablets restricted to Apple
The tablet market is already infiltrated with cheap Android tablets. Although only a handful of these cheaper tablets really stand out, namely the Galaxy Tab and Amazon Kindle Fire, it’s the Apple iPad that most tablet consumers want.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) Display’s chief executive officer Kinam Kim claimed during a presentation during analyst day in November, “We were the first to commercialize AMOLED back in 2007. This year we successfully produced 440 ppi [pixels per inch] high-resolution AMOLED….we also launched the first curved AMOLED displays.”
If this rumor is true, the tablet market is about to heat up and customers will have more choices when shopping for that perfect tablet. With the current rumors of tablets soon replacing laptops, it’s likely Samsung will want to get in the game before it’s too late.