While it was successful at stopping Apple from gaining a monopoly on the smartphone market with the iPhone, largely because of its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series, Samsung has been not yet been able to penetrate the tablet market as much as it might have hoped.
The most notable tablet that Samsung has released to date is the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was at the center of numerous patent lawsuits initiated by Apple across ten countries. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has had respectable sales, in the millions, but remains paltry in comparison to the iPad.
Samsung isn’t going without a fight, though, coming back with a brand new lineup of tablets that will hopefully be as successful as its flagship Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II devices. First, Samsung has confirmed that it will unveil an 8-inch Galaxy Note tablet at Mobile World Congress next month.
That tablet is expected to have a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, 2 GB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera and run the latest Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. Some pundits call Samsung unimaginative for this 8-inch tablet, but so is Apple with the iPad mini. Changing the screen size of a tablet isn’t exactly groundbreaking.
Samsung is also said to be planning a successor its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab tablet, in an attempt to better compete with the fourth-generation iPad. And, now, we have heard that the South Korean consumer electronics maker also has plans to release a new 7-inch tablet to take the iPad mini and Nexus 7 head on.
A new report on the hit-and-miss DigiTimes says that Samsung’s upcoming 7-inch tablet will undercut the Nexus 7′s $199 price tag, perhaps as low as $149. Samsung is expected to ship 40 million tablets next year, which should help maintain its new title — one it stole from Apple — of the world’s largest chipset buyer.
Samsung is by far the most successful Android partner, and it’s roadmap for this upcoming year looks stronger than ever. If these tablets catch fire like other Galaxy devices, Samsung could lessen the dominant lead that the iPad continues to have on the tablet market. Only time will tell.