UPDATE: New iPad 4th Gen and iPad Mini comparison table updated. Added Galaxy Tab 7.7.
After the unveiling of the new iPad mini and 4th generation iPad, it is time for another round of comparison. We have compared the tablets with both the internal hardware as well as the exterior dimensions.
The new iPad mini comes with a slightly larger 7.9″ display that does 1024×768 resolution, which is the same resolution of its older iPad 2 of 9.7″. While that gives a higher pixel density of 163ppi (pixels per inch), it is behind the Nexus 7 of 216ppi due to its higher resolution of 1280×800. In terms of dimensions, the iPad mini is the thinnest and lightest of the lot at only 7.2mm thick and 308g heavy.
Moving on to the larger tablets, the new iPad in its 4th generation still holds the highest pixel density of 264ppi thanks to its higher than HD resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. As comparison, the closest rival in the form of ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity does a lower full HD resolution of 1920×1200 pixels. In terms of battery, the 9.7″ iPad is still the largest with a rated 10 hour battery life and as a result, it is also the heaviest in this comparison.
Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a more unique offering with a included S-Pen stylus, 2GB of RAM and higher camera resolution of 8MP for the rear and 2MP at the front. In terms of 3G SIM sizes, the Android tablets are using the regular Mini-SIM while Apple is the only contender that uses micro-SIM. For the new iPad mini, it uses the latest nano-SIM, similar to the iPhone 5.
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As if its product line is not confusing enough, Samsung has just announced the Galaxy Tab 2 – the company’s first Ice Cream Sandwich tablet and the proper replacement for the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab.
Not to be confused with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was once upon a time called the Galaxy Tab 2, the freshly announced Galaxy Tab 2 is a 7-inch tablet that shares some similarities with the Galaxy 7.0 Plus but with lower specs.
The Galaxy Tab 2 features a 1GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM, in comparison, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has a slightly faster 1.2GHz dual-core processor but with the same amount of RAM. However, the 7-inch (1024×600) PLS TFT LCD display on the Tab 2 is similar to the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, as is the 3MP rear camera. The front camera on is a VGA camera unit compared to the 2MP unit on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The Tab 2 is also thicker than the Tab 7.0 Plus at 10.5mm versus 9.9mm
Other than that, you get a Samsung TouchWiz UI skin with Live Panel, HSPA+ support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, 16 or 32GB internal memory, microSD card slot and a 4,000mAh battery. There should be WiFi-only and WiFi+3G versions as well.
No word on whether this device will be coming to Malaysia but the specs suggest that this device will sit at the bottom rung of the Galaxy Tab ladder of device. So if it does make it to Malaysia expect the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 to be cheap.
Early last week Indonesia became the first country in Asia (possibly the world) to start selling the Honeycomb tablet that a lot of people are waiting for — the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The introduction of Samsung’s latest tablet received tremendous response in the republic when it sold out in just seven hours.
Oddly enough after a strong lead-up to the launch of the device in Indonesia, only 1,200 units were available for purchase on day one. The rapid sale of the device was also spurred on by hefty introductory discounts offered by Samsung in conjunction with the launch.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 retails for Rp.6 million (or about RM2,110 at today’s rates) but was sold at Rp.4 million (about RM1,400) on the first day. In addition to that, the price of the first 200 units sold on launch day was reduced by another Rp.200,000 (about RM70).
News reports mentioned that approximately 4,000 customers waited in line, some overnight, to be amongst the first in Indonesia to purchase the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
For Samsung, the initial launch of a major product — in this case, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 — outside of the US and Korea is unprecedented. In Malaysia, we have word that the device will be officially launched towards the end of July. Though we have no information on local pricing, the Indonesian price could be a very good indicator to how much the device will sell here.
While the Galaxy Tab 10.1 may not be the first Honeycomb tablet to hit the local market, it is certainly the most anticipated. Even with the Motorola Xoom and the very competitively priced Asus Eee Pad Transformer both already selling here, many, based on the comments we’re been getting, are still holding onto their cash for the Samsung tablet.
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Dual-core is the talk of the mobile town in 2011 with Motorola gearing up to debut it Honeycomb running, dual-core totting tablet at CES. And then we have the LG Optimus 2X, a thoroughly fast Android phone featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 2 in its hardware arsenal. So its a pretty safe bet that most, if not all of the upcoming high-end devices coming in 2011 will be running dual-core processors.
Word has it that Samsung will also make a major showing at CES with unveiling of updated versions of two of its most successful devices, the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab. These updated versions are expected to run NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor with Honeycomb.
Considering the possibility of its competitors now running dual-core processors, can we expect Apple to feature similar hardware in its upcoming iPad 2 and the next iteration of the iPhone? Could be very likely.
In any case, we’ll be monitoring the developments at CES like a hawk, so keep it locked on to SoyaCincau.com for the latest updates.