New Tablets Target Different Segments
By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 28 2012 - 10:17pm
NEW YORK –
Chinon targeted entry-level tablet users,
and Samsung targeted more sophisticated users
in separate product launches.
Samsung plans a worldwide
launch beginning in
March of its first Android 4.0
(Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet,
the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0).
Like the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note,
introduced at International
CES as a hybrid smartphone/
tablet, the cellular-equipped
version of the Tab 2 (7.0) also
makes regular 3G circuit-switched cellular voice calls.
The Samsung tablet will be available in a Wi-Fionly
version and in a version with both Wi-Fi and 4G
21Mbps HSPA+ cellular technology. The device features
HSPA+ in the U.S. 850/1900MHz bands and
foreign 900/2100MHz bands.
Samsung didn’t announce whether the Wi-Fi or Wi-
Fi/cellular version of the tablet would be available in
the U.S. or when. Currently in the U.S., Samsung’s
current 7-inch tablet, the Tab 7.0 Plus, is available only
in a Wi-Fi version.
The new 7-inch tablet features a dual-core 1GHz
processor, VGA front-facing video-chat camera,
3-megapixel rear camera with FullHD video capture,
and AllShare Play (DLNA networking), an upgrade
from Samsung’s AllShare technology. Like before,
AllShare Play enables
streaming of smartphone
content to other networked
DLNA devices, but the new
version lets users stream
multimedia content to the
tablet from PCs, other Samsung
third-party cloud services.
The tablet also features
7-inch WSVGA (1024 by
600) PLS TFT display, Wi-Fi Direct, USB 2.0 host,
GPS and Samsung Kies Air, which enables a Wi-Fi
connection to a PC or Mac without a preloaded PC
app to synchronize phone content, view and manage
content such as contacts from the PC, and send SMS
messages from the PC.
Another new Samsung feature is Samsung’s
ChatON cross-platform video-chat service, which connects
phones of any platform for instant messaging and
group chatting with voice and video, the company said.
For its part, Chinon USA of Lake Zurich, Ill., entered
the tablet market with the launch of two Android
2.3-based Wi-Fi models targeted to price-conscious
consumers at suggested
$159 and $279.
The $159 Chinon
Swift with 7-inch
and $279 Chinon
Swift 10 with 10-inch
screen feature ARM
and 4:3 screen. The
screens’ aspect ratio is promoted as displaying digital
pictures, A4-size PDFs and e-books. Both feature aluminum
The Swift 7 features 4GB embedded memory, MicroSD
card slot, 800 by 600 screen resolution, and
front-facing camera for video chats.
The Swift 10 features IPS (in-plane switching) display
for wide-angle viewing, 1,024 by 768 screen
resolution, 16GB embedded memory, MicroSD card
slot, and front- and rear-facing cameras. Both Swifts
access the Google Android Market and feature USB
2.0 host/slave port.