iPads soon to Lose its Dominance to Galaxy Tablets
Apple is likely to lose its tablet market dominance to its formidable rival Samsung (OTC:SSNLF). Samsung is set to launch its high-end tablet, Galaxy Tab S, to battle it out with Apple’s iPads with retina displays. The new product is expected to have a larger screen, and be thinner and lighter than any iPad in the market. This new product is likely to reignite the battle between these two electronics titans, after a gruesome battle in the iPhone market. Apple was the leading Smartphone maker until Samsung, courtesy of Google Inc.’s Android operating system, put up a strong challenge. As at now, Apple trails Samsung in Smartphone shipments and there is every chance that Samsung’s new tablet is likely to trounce Apple’s iPad.
Apple and Samsung have, since 2007, been fighting for the lucrative Smartphone market. The cut-throat competition has led to legal litigation arising from a number of copyright infringement disputes between the two companies. As at now, there is a pending case in which Apple wants a number of Samsung phones bared from the U.S. market. Over the last few years, the popularity of Google’s Android operating system has rapidly increased keeping the pressure on iOS. There has been a widespread belief that android is for the poor, while iOS is for the affluent. However, this notion is slowly fading, thanks to Samsung’s high-end Smartphone series. Over the past half a decade, the Smartphone market has seen the share of Samsung triple from around 10%. In Q1 of 2014, the South Korean conglomerate held the largest share of the Smartphone market, followed by Apple at 15%.
Galaxy Tab S
Samsung Galaxy Tab S, the most stylish and arguably the best Samsung tablet, is set to be unveiled in July. This is response to Apple’s iPad with retina display. Since Samsung has demonstrated that it is technologically endowed to compete with Apple’s standards as far as affluence, innovation and style are concerned; perhaps its flagship tablet will upset Apple. However, now Apple is still the dominant brand.
- Weight: 294g and 465g respectively
- Thickness: 0.26”
- Screen: Super AMOLED screens with 2560×1600 resolutions
- Expected Price: $399 and $499 respectively
The above features are far much better than what Apple’s iPad with retina display offers. The mini version of the iPad has a thickness of 0.29”, weighs 331g and is available at a retail price of $399, same as Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4” version. The Samsung’s tablets seem to be incisively designed to take on the dominant iPad.
Samsung is banking on the success its Galaxy S smartphone series to set another battle front with Apple, this time round in the tablet market. While Apple has remained predominantly the best tablet in the market, Galaxy Tab S brings a new challenge. And given the market recognition of the Samsung Galaxy S smartphones, this new flagship tablets will definitely be successful. It is undisputed that Apple is ingenious when it comes to style, innovation and quality. However, iPad and many other electronics products consumers shop for not just quality, but price. If this is the case, the Samsung provides both and Apple isn’t winning this battle.