Seems like our rumor about a production stop of the Samsung (to upgrade it with a quadcore)got quite some attention yesterday and it made Samsung US to release a statement, that this news is complete bogus:
Update: Samsung reached out to us to confirm that the above report is not true. The US version of this tablet will still have a dual-core CPU and it’s still shipping on May 13th, with pre-orders starting on May 4th.
Our article vs Samsungs statement
Let me try to explain my position as someone, who trusts his source, knows about the markets, has observed Samsung’s history of changing products and believes in the credibility of his source.
1. We’ve never claimed that the US launch of the2 10.1 will be delayed!
2. We’ve never claimed that the US version of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 won’t ship with a dualcore cpu.
We can’t make any statements that are refering to regional versions of this tablet! Even in the age of lean production and an always improving time to market model for consumer electronic devices, huge OEMs are starting such production lines months before a product finally hits the distributor and retailer-chains. I am doubting, that this is different with Samsung.
A dualcore Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for $399 won’t be competitive
Even a premium brand like Samsung will have a hard time to sell a $399 dualcore tablet, which seems to struggle against platforms that are almost 2 years old (check the benchmark of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1). In the mid of 2011 a $399 premium brand dualcore tablet made sense. In 2012 it’s game over!
The Galaxy Tab 2 7 though, is a killer for $249 and it will outsell the 2 10.1 by a fair amount of units!
Let’s compare the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 vs the Acer Iconia Tab A510
Dualcore vs Quadcore
16GB RAM vs 32GB RAM
$399 vs $449
Each and every reviewer will point this out which basically means, that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is DOA!
Samsung has a record of changing tablets in just a few weeks
Remember the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v which was introduced at MWC 2011? When Apple launched the, Samsung changed the design of this tablet in just a couple of weeks. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v went on sale in Europe, while the US-market received the new in the summer of 2011.
I hear you Samsung
Of course this isn’t a very comfortable situation for the US office of Samsung, because our rumor was all over the web and they are trying hard to get their statements out to the influential sites. I can totally understand that their PR must be mad about this but still, i stand by my article and i am backing up my source because of the reasons i’ve mentioned here!
This isn’t about creating a click or traffic bait. I am not putting my reputation on line for a rumor about any average product launch. This isn’t the S3 or5! I trust my source and our article is based on quite some experiences in this industry.
Samsung is an amazing company and i fully support them, especially in the way they stand up for competition and fought against the global lawsuits from Apple. Samsung builds (imho)the best Android smartphones and that’s why Nicole and I are using them on a daily base.
Guess what tablets we use? Nicole has aand i am using the !