Samsung to Launch Cheap 7-Inch Tablet to Compete Against Acer, ASUS

Its previously rumored 8-inch slate could be priced cheap as well

By on January 24th, 2013 11:21 GMT

Google’s Nexus 7 Android tablet has seen great demand on the market, mainly due to its high-end specifications and low price tag, and it seems that Samsung might follow suit as well this year.

According to the latest reports on the matter, the South Korean mobile phone maker is gearing up for the launch of a 7-inch tablet PC that would sport a price tag of around $149 (€112), or up to $199 (€150).

No confirmation on the matter has been provided as of now but, with Acer and ASUS also set to make similar moves, it wouldn’t come too much as a surprise if Samsung did launch such a tablet PC to better compete against them.

Android tablets have gained a lot of market share in the past years, but Google is reportedly looking to expand their availability, thus encouraging vendors to launch cheaper devices, although they would compete against its own Nexus 7.

A recent article on DigiTimes also notes that Samsung is preparing an 8-inch slate for launch this year, and that it might be priced between $249 and $299 (€187 – €225), further expanding its presence on the market.

This is not the first time we learn that Samsung might launch such a device, supposedly set to make an official appearance at the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.

The 8-inch tablet PC from Samsung is expected to hit shelves boasting a 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, while packing a 1.6GHz quad-core processor inside, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 4600 mAh battery.

The device is said to be powered by the Android Jelly Bean operating system, the same platform that might be loaded on the aforementioned 7-inch device as well.

According to some reports, the 8-inch device might be included in Samsung’s Note series, while the 7-inch tablet is expected to be launched as Galaxy Tab 3.

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