Samsung to Make Own Tablet PC

Samsung Electronics has announced plans to enter the tablet PC market. At the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday, Shin Jong-kyun, the head of Samsung's mobile communications business, said, "Apple's iPad will create a new demand in the PC market and Samsung will respond to it."

When the iPad was unveiled last month, Samsung had said that developing a tablet PC was not in its business plans for this year.

Shin also said Samsung aims to bolster its smartphone business. "Our new Wave smartphone, which is equipped with Samsung's own Bada operating system, is drawing good responses in the market," Shin told reporters. "We will start aggressively promoting it when all mobile service providers are ready."

Samsung unveiled the smartphone-tailored Bada and the Wave at the mobile congress. Shin said, "Samsung was not the first to develop full-touch phones, but we have led their popularization. With the Wave, we will lead the smartphone market."

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 17, 2010 10:02 KST

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