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Samsung, Apple, Google Release New Tablets
Tablet War
Samsung, Apple, Google Release New Tablets
  • By Jack H. Park
  • December 1, 2014, 02:26
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From left to right: The new Galaxy Tab, iPad Air, and Nexus 9.
From left to right: The new Galaxy Tab, iPad Air, and Nexus 9.

 

IT companies like Samsung Electronics, Apple, and Google are introducing new tablets for the peak season.

Samsung released the Galaxy Tab S Broadband LTE-A, an upgraded version of the 10.5 inch Galaxy Tab S rolled out in July. The world's first tri-band LTE tablet PC has a Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels. The new model has a finger recognition feature, and comes in "titanium bronze" and "dazzling white". The launch price is 799,700 won (US$716).

Apple will compete with Samsung with its new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 unveiled in October. The 9.7 inch and 7.9 inch models will be introduced on Dec. 3. Both of them are 6.1 mm thick and feature an A8X Application Processor, an upgraded version of the A8. They support finger recognition using a touch ID, which was first used in the iPhone 5S. The screen is also coated with anti-reflection film, which decreases the reflection of the display up to 56 percent.

Google showcased the Nexus 9 in partnership with Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC. The Nexus series has been popular because of its high performance compared to its price. The new version is fitted with an 8.9-inch display with a resolution of 2048x1536 pixels.

The introduction of relatively cheap premium models to the Korean market by Sony, Lenovo, and Acer is heralding fierce competition to come.