Consumers looking to buy tablet PCs might want to wait as their prices appear to be falling. The top three mobile carriers in the U.S. recently slashed the price of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab by US$100, stirring expectations of a similar price cut in the Korean market as well.
Apple, which rarely discounts its products, lowered the price of its iPad models by W52,000 (US$1=W1,119) for a single day on Jan. 14. The company said the sale was targeted at Asian markets that celebrate the Lunar New Year, and returned to the normal price the next day, but expectations for a permanent reduction have been growing.
The price cuts come amid talk that Apple and Samsung will unveil new tablets as early as February. Samsung is said to be preparing to debut the successor to the Galaxy Tab featuring a 10-inch screen at the 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. There are also rumors that Apple will launch its follow-up to the iPad as it has been a year since the device's launch in April.
Meanwhile, other manufacturers such as LG Electronics, Motorola and Toshiba are also planning to release their own tablets within the first quarter.