Samsung launches new tablet for $499

Telecom Lead Asia: Smartphone major Samsung Electronics
has launched a new tablet in the U.S., the U.K., and South Korea.

 

Samsung has priced the device with 16 gigabytes of memory
and Wi-Fi-only function at $499, the same as the latest iPad.

 

Its 32 GB model will be available for $549, versus iPad’s
$599.

 

The smartphone major is hoping that it can continue to
compete and gain market share from Apple.

 

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet in the
United States, Britain and South Korea.

 

Samsung has sold over 10 million units of Galaxy Note
since its October launch.

 

Galaxy Note 10.1 is slightly larger than the 9.7-inch
iPad.

 

The 10.1-inch Samsung model has other differentiating
factors including a stylus-based note taking and sketching function and screen
split feature that allows users simultaneously to use two different apps
side-by-side.

 

According to IHS iSuppli, Apple sold 28.8 million iPads
in the first six months of this year to take 64.4 percent of the market, while
Samsung sold 4.4 million to take 9.9 percent of the market.

 

The Note 10.1 uses Google’s Android software and a
quad-core processor with 1.4 GHz clock speeds. It boasts a 5 megapixel rear
camera and a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera, which also detects users’ eye
movements to prevent the device from going into standby mode.

 

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