iPad Goes On Sale in Korea

Apple's iPad, which has sparked a worldwide fever for tablet PCs, has finally debuted in Korea. KT, the gadget's exclusive distributor here, held a launch event on Tuesday and began selling iPads through its official distributors and shops nationwide.

Measuring 1.34-cm thick and weighing 0.68 kg, the device has sold some 7.5 millions around the world since it was launched in the U.S. in April. The Korean version allows multitasking and Korean-language input.

People read the Chosun Ilbo on their iPads at KT headquarters in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Tuesday, the first day of the tablet PCs Korean launch. People read the Chosun Ilbo on their iPads at KT headquarters in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Tuesday, the first day of the tablet PC's Korean launch.

While the strength of Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Tab tablet PC is its portability, the iPad distinguishes itself with its 10.1-inch screen as well as the enormous amount of content available for it. There are some 300,000 applications for iPhones and another 40,000 exclusively for the iPad.

The gadget is priced from W635,000 to W903,600, but under a 24-month plan with KT customers can get a hold of one for around W50,000 to W60,000 a month including a monthly data usage fee.

The Galaxy Tab has sold over one million units in just 20 days since its release early this month.

The success of the two pioneering tablet PCs has prompted many other manufacturers to jump into the market.

HP, the largest PC maker in the world, recently launched its own tablet PC, the Slate, while Acer of Taiwan last week launched 10.1-inch and 7-inch tablet PCs, benchmarking the size of the iPad and Galaxy Tab. LG Electronics plans to unveil an 8.9-inch high-performance model equipped with two CPUs early next year.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 01, 2010 09:09 KST

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