Patent News | "Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet launched; priced at $499"

By: Zeebiz Bureau
Category: Patent News

Samsung has launched a new tablet to take more market away from rival tech giant Apple and its much-popular iPad, expecting the bigger version of the device to ring well with consumers.

Patent News
Amidst the ongoing patent war between the two arch rivals, Samsung Electronics launched the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet in Britain, United States and South Korea on Thursday.

Samsung, though accused by Apple of copying the design and features of its iPad and iPhone, is rumoured to unveil the next iteration of the Galaxy Note II smartphone at its Samsung Unpacked event on August 29, 2012.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 tab is a tad bigger than its predecessor, which stood at 9.7 inches, and has new teeth of its own with a stylus-based note taking and sketching function. It also allows users to work on two separate apps simultaneously, appearing side-by-side.

Samsung hopes the bigger and better version of its Note tab will gel well with the consumers, which will narrow down the wide gap that places Samsung Co in the second spot.

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 only 4.4 million to take 9.9 percent of the market, according to research firm IHS iSuppli.

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.

The device with 16 gigabytes of memory and wifi-only function will be sold for USD 499, the same as the latest iPad, and a 32GB model for USD 549, versus iPad's USD 599.

A U.S. judge asked on Wednesday that the chief executives of Apple and Samsung speak to each other before a jury begins deliberating next week in the high-stakes patent trial between the two tech firms.

Apple and Samsung are going toe-to-toe in a patents dispute mirroring a struggle for industry supremacy between the rivals that control half of worldwide smartphone sales.

Shares in Samsung were trading flat at 1.345 million won on Thursday, versus a 0.2 percent drop in the wider market.