Competitors going after Apple

Samsung Electronics’ first tablet computer, the
Galaxy Tab, will go on sale in Europe in two weeks, turning up the heat on Apple
Inc.’s iPad.

Global
handset vendors and PC makers including Nokia, LG Electronics and
Hewlett-Packard Co are moving into the new category of devices, between
traditional PCs and smart phones, taking a cue from Apple.

The Galaxy Tab, with a 7-inch screen, will
go on sale in European markets in mid-September. The device, which uses
Google’s Android software, offers access to books, films and music.

Samsung’s
portfolio management director Thomas Richter said prices would depend on operator
packages in different countries, but the device would cost more than high-end
smart phones.

Samsung
said all key European operators selling Samsung phones were set to also offer
the Tab to their clients, and several major carriers would sell it in the
United States.

To
seize the opportunity, Toshiba unveiled its Folio 100 tablet, with 10 inch
screen, and said it would be available during the fourth quarter in Europe,
Middle East and Africa.

Toshiba’s
tablet will use an Nvidia processor and Google’s Android.

Huawei
said its first tablet, a 7-inch screen running Google’s Android software, would
reach consumers in Europe in time for the holiday sales season.

Huawei
Devices marketing chief Victor Xu said the company’s next tablet would have a
10-inch screen and reach consumers next year.

Xu
said the company has decided to focus on using Android software.

“Key
for Huawei is that it’s an open standard and not controlled by some dinosaurs,”
Xu said.

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