Samsung has vowed to top its rival Apple in the tablet PC market this year as it unveiled its latest model at the Mobile World Congress, which kicked off on Monday in Barcelona, Spain
Shin Jong-kyun, the head of Samsung's mobile communications business, expressed his confidence in becoming the market leader in tablet PCs and smartphones at a press conference on Sunday.
"The Galaxy Note 8.0 to be unveiled at this year's MWC embodies productivity and portability," Shin said. "As we diligently pursue innovation and new technology, the day will come when we become No. 1 in tablet PCs just as we are in smartphones."
Last year, Samsung sold just 16.6 million tablets compared to 65.7 million for Apple.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 weighs just 338 grams and comes with an eight-inch screen, about the same as the iPad Mini's 7.85-inch display. It also has rounded edges to differentiate itself from the iPad in terms of design.
LG Electronics vice president Park Jong-suk also proclaimed a bold goal for his company. "We sold 8.4 million smartphones during the fourth quarter last year, and our goal is to sell 10 million every quarter this year," he said.
LG saw its profit shift into the black for the first time in three years in 2012 after expanding the production of fourth-generation LTE smartphones and cutting low-tech phones.
Meanwhile, Samsung decided to scrap its own operating system known as Bada. Instead, the company said it will focus on the Tizen OS that is being developed jointly with Intel.
"The Bada 2.0 will mark the end of our operating system project," Hong Won-pyo, president of media solutions at Samsung, told reporters at the MWC. "It will be terminated when Tizen is released."
Bada was launched in 2010 to compete with Google's Android and Apple's iOS but never gained momentum.