At a recent press conference at MWC 2012, a Samsung executive has finally admitted that the company is not doing very well when it comes to the tablet market. Unlike the smartphone market, where Samsung has done exceedingly well and is now the top smartphone manufacturer in the world, its offerings have failed to catch on when it comes to tablets.
“Honestly, we’re not doing very well in the tablet market,” said Hankil Yoon, a product strategy executive for Samsung, during a media roundtable at MWC. No shit, Sherlock.
Though it is one of the top Android tablet manufacturers, it still lags miles behing the top dog – Apple – which leads the market by a huge margin. Apple has traditionally offered only one model with different capacities, but Samsung has been throwing everything it can make, in all sizes and specifications at consumers hoping that at least something would stick. Unfortunately for Samsung, nothing has.
Samsung has unveiled two more tablets at MWC this year – the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0 and 10.1) and the Galaxy Note 10.1. However, both of them have failed to impress me, and I doubt, they will be the iPad killers that Android fans want them to be.
However, now that Samsung is past the denial stage, we can hope that it at least understands the problems it faces, and will bring us a tablet which is far better than the current range of Android tablets.
In the meantime, Apple is apparently getting ready to launch the iPad 3 on March 7. Expect it to blow away the competition in terms of sales, at least in the coming quarter.