Samsung preps new tablet, scoffs at iPad

By on March 15, 2010, 7:55 PM
Samsung is reportedly among the numerous manufacturers who plan to enter the tablet market this year, with a slate PC due in the latter half of 2010. According to Philip Newton, director of Samsung Australia's IT division, the company's device will boast PC-grade processing and connectivity -- areas in which Newton feels Apple's iPad falls short.

Newton believes there is room in the market for a tablet-like device, but he thinks they need to be more powerful than Apple's offering. Without confirming that Intel chips power Sammy's upcoming tablet, Newton said an Atom-based device would be far more flexible, and has more potential than the iPad.

Another Samsung exec said the company's slate device would focus on the consumer market, unlike its Q1 UMPC. Commenting on the future of tablets, product and marketing manager Emmanuele Silanesu said smartphones will be a secondary device, and consumers will favor the extra horsepower offered by their larger siblings.

Most of us agree on the iPad's shortcomings, but how would you feel about a tablet that's on par with the power and general functionality of a netbook?




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AimHigh99 said:

Yesterday, I read a very interesting article on Computerworld on why people want to buy ipad despite of its limitations. In fact, according to the author, it is exactly these limitations that draw average folks to the ipad. You can read it here: [link]

The tablet that really impresses me so far is Lenovo IdeaPad U1 hybrid. That's where the future of tablet should go.

ToastOz said:

Most competitors I'm sure would of stated that iphones had problems, much like Samsung saying the ipad is slow and has lack of connectivity. But even if you hung dead meat off a Mac product people would still buy it like it's the last bottle of water left on the face of the earth.

ToastOz said:

aimhigh99 said:

it is exactly these limitations that draw average folks to the ipad. .

New mac slogan. Ipad made by ****** for ******.

Yoda8232 said:

I'll be honest if there was a tablet that would start up fast, have a good OS, good upgradeable and features, and a good price, I might be interested. But never majorly interested, no need really since you have 3 main types of computers, desktop which are most people's main computers, then laptops for on the go desktop use, and phones which isn't really a full computer but is starting to do what a PC can do.

The tablets are trying to replace the laptops.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

I'm hoping they add a decent video chipset so it can have decent video playback.

megrawab said:

"Most of us agree on the iPad's shortcomings, but how would you feel about a tablet that's on par with the power and general functionality of a netbook? "

My answer is Cool!... So therefore this new tablet is to surpass iPad... Great job for samsung if this happens.... Looks like everyone likes to compete with iPad.. Atleast Apple was the first to do tablet pc so it is just normal if we'll find some areas for improvement in iPad and other manufacturers will strive to level and surpass it.

zyodei said:

And we all know about Samsung's mastery of a coherent user interface :P

pipopaz said:

My main concern is the how good the OS interactivity will be, come on people Windows 7 wasn't made up as a tablet's main OS.

Serag said:

Samsung is famous for its hard-to-figure UI, I guess a tablet won't success.

seefizzle said:

Am I the only one that thinks that any slate device running a real operating system will be better than a giant iphone? Let me torrent stuff on a slate, and have enough hard drive space to actually store it. Let me instant message, listen to music, surf the "real" web flash and all, and jerk off to tranny porn at the same time. Why can't you do this ipad? Why? Gimme one good reason.

Being serious though, I might end up buying a tablet pc. It will be a Window's based slate though, because like I said, I want to do what I want. Not what some developers make available. Royally screw "apps". I want to install full blown programs and have them run properly.

Design a tablet with netbook or above hardware in it. Put expansion slots for sd cards. Gimme a USB port or two. Give me a real operating system. I'll give you five, maybe six hundred dollars for it.

mv670 said:

Wait a sec, theres going to be competition between Apple and other companies in the tablet market?

I'll stick with my PC since i would be able to do what i want to.

RockandRepublic said:

That's brilliant! I scoff at all tablets. Im just so not impressed. Apple's main motive is to separate people (who withhold their thinking for who knows what) from their money. I don't drink the koolaid. Snap out of it!

nayelir said:

slate PC huh... Why not just get a laptop. It is more convenient anyways probably more storage capacity and around the same price range. They should just make a foldable (laptop) style with all touch features. They would be unique. A laptop/touchpad would make a tech revolution come out of its shell.

rskapadia2294 said:

samsung's UI is not user friendly! ipad doesn't has many features! i dunno why ppl are crazy to buy it!

i guess its the coolness quotient! dunno really!

seefizzle said:

nayelir said:

slate PC huh... Why not just get a laptop. It is more convenient anyways probably more storage capacity and around the same price range. They should just make a foldable (laptop) style with all touch features. They would be unique. A laptop/touchpad would make a tech revolution come out of its shell.

My friend has one. They're ok. Touchscreen laptops aren't anything new.

Thompson said:

I gotta agree with Newton, the iPad is very limited and with a unique OS and components a much more flexible tablet is possible, i'll keep my eyes on this one, as for the iPad.... no thanks.

waterytowers said:

seefizzle said:

My friend has one. They're ok. Touchscreen laptops aren't anything new.

I think he was suggesting a laptop that would have 2 touch screens and open like a book, kind of like a couple of the eBook readers coming out this year. If they released a powerful multi-core book style laptop that also had multi-touch support, good support for video playback and came with Linux support. I would buy one maybe 2. The screens would also need to be high res, maybe 2 x 12 inch screens each supporting 1378 x 768.

Puiu Puiu said:

The only good thing Apple did was spark the interest of millions in Tablet PC's. I hope something good product actually comes out this year.

tripplejjj said:

I will reserve my judgment for now until I see the actual product. However, I must say that Samsung is on the right track by designing tablets with features similar to the netbooks. I would be totally disappointed if the price of Samsung's tablet is more than a netbook though.

natefalk natefalk said:

Samsung would be smart to use Win7 for the OS. If they try and develop their own OS it will probably be Linux based and not much better than Apple. It will be interesting to see the specs for Samsung's tablet.

vegasrez said:

Many with enough competitors trying something good will come out of this.

nazartp said:

I had an interesting discussion with my coworker yesterday. Even though he's usually a big fan of everything Apple-related, he sort of scoffed at the idea of iPad. He and I ultimately agreed that the most useful feature of iPad is an instant on as in the iPhone/iPod Touch. I am a hardcore desktop user who generally scoffs at the idea of using laptop for anything but office work (e-mail, Excel, word, etc.). If I want to do photo editing, video rendering, gaming, the only reasonable choice from price/performance perspective is a desktop. However, sometimes you need to do something really quick and on the go - laptop/netbook to the rescue. The only problem I have is boot time. I do not want the device to spend about a minute loading when I need one glance at the weather forecast, check movies schedule, etc. Sleep mode is not always the best answer for Windows-based systems. Therefore I gravitate to use my iPod Touch for such small tasks. However, small screen becomes a limitation and iPad is not the answer for the price. A responsive netbook tablet would be perfect. Bigger touch screen when you need it, fully functional keyboard for comfortable e-mailing, and a simple OS for instant or near-instant boot.

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I really don't see myself with either at this point. Until digital movie distribution (preferably HD) catches up so i don't have to buy multiple copies just to get blu-ray for my TV and digital to be able to play on these devices without optical drive. My iPod touch will work just fine for the meantime.

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Serag said:

Samsung is famous for its hard-to-figure UI, I guess a tablet won't success.

Apple's will be intuitive, but restrictive like the ipod/iphone. I guess this works for most normal users though.

danteoz said:

I would say that if this had a dual core atom and maybe an ION2, I think with the right components upgradeable RAM etc...for $400, that would be perfect. It bee cool if it had a core i5 or the new AMD one that supposed to compete with that instead, but that much would just be wishful thinking.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

Actually, I would want a slate that is MORE powerful than a netbook. Nearly all netbooks have a Atom processor, which we all know, struggles with video processing. For me, it's either Tegra 2 or nothing.

NightAngel79 said:

its a great idea and i agree with mr samsung completely, though millions will buy it i'm sure, who wants a giant itouch, people who already own an itouch i bet. you cant customize anything that is apple and that i think is the main thing that will be holding the ipad down. people have accepted the nazi's, i mean apple's, no tweaking stance on iphone, itouch, but its a different story with the ipad. Give me AT LEAST netbook specs with great design and functionality and i'm game.

My 2 cents

Docnoq said:

So, it's basically going to be a netbook with a touch-screen interface? The line between all of these devices (and by all of these devices I mean netbooks, tablet PCs, etc.) is going to slowly and surely diminish until they are all the same thing.

But I do think Samsung or any other company for that matter can take control of the tablet PC market if they correct all of the iPad's shortcomings.

rufio said:

I scoff at tablets! Netbooks and laptops are much more useful in my opinion!

Recipe7 Recipe7 said:

It seems that everyone has jumped the touchscreen bandwagon. In my opinion, every single one has topped Apple... Good job Samsung.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

"Most of us agree on the iPad's shortcomings, but how would you feel about a tablet that's on par with the power and general functionality of a netbook? "

Um...i'm confused. Aren't tablet PCs already on par with netbooks? Netbooks have about 1.6Ghz processor...Tablet PCs start with that. They have upgradable RAM and hard drives as well.

So, I don't understand this statement.

ain77 said:

More competition and differential products will be great news for consumers. Look at iPhone compared to some other similar phones like HTC, Nokia etc and it falls short except that the screen is the best i've used so far. Others have to catch up to gain their market share. iPad won't be any different i think. It definitely will fall short in some areas and better in others. Just buy what suits you best and within your budget.

sagejay said:

I don't really like the idea of the iPad, like many of you already said, it's just an oversize iTouch. However, if they make it more powerfull so we can run decent games or applications that requires alot of hardware, then maybe it's not so bad.

but I still prefer laptops to the tablets.

thebluemeaner said:

Its a long time before these tablets start showing some real hardware because of the energy saving trend...

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