Teardown: Galaxy Tab just a "large-scale smartphone"

 

Components cheaper than those in an iPad.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is not a tablet but merely a massive smartphone, according to a teardown by iSuppli.

The research firm conducted a teardown of the device and showed the cost of components of the device only amounted to US$205.22, a figure it claimed was significantly less than the US$264.27 it predicted for Apple’s iPad – which currently leads the tablet market.

“Instead of matching up with the iPad on a feature-by-feature basis, the Galaxy Tab really is larger version of Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone,” said Andrew Rassweiler, director and teardown services manager for iSuppli.

“While the design approach makes the Galaxy less expensive to produce than the iPad 3G, it also makes for a product that lacks the same usability.”

Rassweiler claimed the key difference with the Galaxy was its lower performance screen.

“The Galaxy Tab’s screen resolution, size and technology are not at the same level as the iPad,” he said. “This is a critical difference, given the fact that the display is a key differentiating factor for the iPad.”

However, there were some benefits to the model over Apple’s flagship product.

Unlike the iPad, it included a gyroscopic Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) sensor – useful in gaming – and two cameras, one three mega-pixel autofocus on the back and a front facing 1.3 mega-pixel.

“Finally, the Galaxy Tab includes build-in support for Adobe’s Flash to provide more universal web browsing—something notably lacking from the iPad,” concluded iSuppli.

This article originally appeared at itpro.co.uk

Copyright © ITPro, Dennis Publishing


Teardown: Galaxy Tab just a "large-scale smartphone"
 
 
 
Top Stories
Content, cost & constant innovation: How Foxtel plans to take on Netflix
Nell Payne inhabits the “brave new world of blue strings and networking”. Just don't ask her to put a TV screen on your microwave.
 
Sending in the drones
Margins are getting tighter in the industrial services industry, so Transfield Services' Stephen Phillips looks offshore - and to the skies - for the solutions he needs to keep pace.
 
Westpac fires starting pistol on core banking upgrade
St George readies itself for move to Celeriti.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Microsoft launches Office for Android preview
May 22, 2015
Microsoft has launched a preview of Office for Android smartphones. Pre-release versions of ...
Microsoft is working on an iOS email chat feature called Flow
May 22, 2015
Microsoft is working on a new chat app, but at the moment we know more about what we DON'T know, ...
Windows 10 free upgrade: Microsoft details who gets what
May 22, 2015
Microsoft was meant to be streamlining its OS with Windows 10, so why is upgrading so confusing? ...
Windows 10 has an edition to suit everyone's needs
May 15, 2015
Microsoft unveils a mind-melting six editions of Windows 10 ahead of its Winter 2015 launch. ...
Firefox 38 FINAL released, debuts new tab-based preferences
May 13, 2015
Mozilla has unveiled the latest version of Firefox 38.0 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for ...
Latest Comments
Polls
Should Optus make a bid for iiNet?

   |   View results
Yes
  43%
 
No
  57%
TOTAL VOTES: 527

Vote