November 05, 2010 08:36
Samsung Electronics finally launched its 7-inch Galaxy Tap tablet PC here at an event at its headquarters in Seoul on Thursday.
Shin Jong-kyun, the head of Samsung's mobile communications business, described it as "a super media gadget which enables users to enjoy a wide range of content including books, newspapers, magazines, movies and social networking services."
The company plans to release the device through some 160 mobile carriers around the world and aims to sell more than one million units by the end of this year.
Shin also hit back at Apple CEO Steve Jobs' comment last month that 7-inch tablets would be "DOA -- dead on arrival," saying that consumers will have the last word.
Weighing just 386 g and measuring 11.98 mm thick, the Galaxy Tab offers a compact way to carry and access content. Its main rival, the 9.7-inch Apple iPad, is less portable due to its larger overall size -- equivalent to about two Galaxy Tabs standing side by side.
The Galaxy Tab is slated to hit showrooms as early as next Monday with a price tag of around W1.1 million-1.2 million (US$1=W1,109), or as low as W300,000 with a two-year service contract from mobile carrier SK Telecom.
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