Sometimes you have to tip your hat at your opponent and tell them, "Well played." Usually, however, those or similar words of mutual respect are saved for after the fight, when there's a clear winner and loser. Samsung isn't waiting. With Apple having announced its iPad 2 on March 2, Samsung had some things to say about Cupertino's next generation tablet, essentially admitting that Apple once again has set the bar and it's not going to be easy to hurdle.
Korea's Yonhap News Agency quotes a senior official at Samsung as saying that the slim design and competitive price of Apple's iPad 2 as particularly challenging. The iPad 2, in case you missed the fanfare, measures a scant 8.8mm, which is not only slimmer than the original iPad, but also thinner than the iPhone 4, which measures 9.4mm deep.
"We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate," said Lee Don-joo, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile division. "Apple made it very thin."
Samsung will go to bat against the iPad 2, and every other upcoming slate, with its own upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1. Unlike the first Galaxy Tab, this second generation tablet will sport a 10.1-inch display and Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform. Other features include a 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor, dual-surround speakers, HD recording, and rear- and front-facing cameras. But it's also thicker, heavier, and probably more expensive than the iPad 2. The original 7-inch Galaxy Tab sold for $899 sans contract, and if Samsung's going to compete in round 2, it's going to have to lower the price. If not, there's always round 3.