Apple’s New iPad Interrupts Samsung’s Plans

Just a few days ago Samsung announced that its new Galaxy Tab 2 tablets would be delayed until the end of April, and now it looks like its Galaxy Note 10.1 will also be coming out later than scheduled – in June.

Originally, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 was set to come equipped with a dual-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor, but after the release of the iPad and its A5X processor that blows the competition out of the water, Samsung has decided to upgrade the chip in the new Galaxy Note.

The A5X has a quad-core GPU, and now Samsung’s tablet will be similarly outfitted with a 1.5 GHz Exynos 4412 chip instead of the dual-core 1.4 GHz, giving the tablet a serious performance boost and a better chance of competing with Apple’s new iPad.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 features the same S-Pen technology that comes with the current Galaxy Note, and it will launch with the newest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Though the tablet is delayed, this information should come as good news to those of you who are looking forward to Samsung’s new larger Galaxy Note. A faster processor is a smart move, because releasing a tablet that’s not even on par with the iPad would guarantee a quick demise.

Two months is a short wait for the upgraded processing power, and the extra time will be well worth it. Will a faster processor finally put an Android tablet on par with the iPad? Only time will tell.


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  • Cy Genii

    Samsung’s tablet is sure to impress. Can’t wait to buy one.
    Little corrrection to your report. The iPad carries a dual core CPU and Quad core GPU. Samsung is upgrading it’s dual core CPU to a quad core and there is no news about the GPU being upgraded to more cores. Essentially the GPU would have to be upgraded if the screen resolution was being increased but it’s the CPU which is being improved.

    This means the central processing power of Samsung’s new tablet will be a lot better than the iPad and the difference will be noticed with the responsiveness of the digitiser stylus as well as the processing speed of other apps. While Apple has been playing with the appearance of the screen Samsung is taking a different route and users will welcome the extra capabilities provided by the speedy processing power.

    • Juli Clover

      Thanks, that’s what I meant, but I should have been more clear in the article. It will be interesting to see how the new Galaxy Note 10.1 stacks up to the iPad in the wild. 

  • shm224 shm224

    I kinda of doubt that Samsung didn’t know what Apple was planning, especially considering that Samsung manufactures Apple’s new iPad’s display, CPUs and NAND flash chips (and possibly batteries as well).

    That being said, Samsung’s 10.1 Tab 2 looks a bit underwhelming in light of Apple’s new iPad. Back in 2011, Samsung had to go back to the drawing board after Apple announced iPad 2, later releasing Tab 10.1 matching Apple’s thinness by a small margin.