Apple is facing increasing competition in the Tablet space and much of it is taking advantage of Apple’s absence from CES and using the show to make a play for market share. This even applies to old models as we can see Samsung promoting a WiFi-only version of the long-in-the-tooth Galaxy Tab.
The Galaxy’s high price (almost as expensive as the iPad!) may have motivated Samsung to offer a version for the wallet-concious that lacks the mobile connectivity and gains the WiFi instead.
The WiFi tablet will also support DLNA, allowing users to pipe content to their suitably equipped TVs.
Samsung’s tablet is not just the only manufacturer to compete with Apple’s iPad in terms of quality and support, its association with the Android OS (‘Samdroid’) is compared with the Wintel partnership in the desktop world. This bodes well for the company in an industry which saw almost 900% growth in mobile phone and tablet activations from in the year to 2010 and if that wasn’t enough Android was recently announced to have overtaken the iPhone platform as the dominant player in the sector.
The Galaxy Tab WiFi will be available in the US in the first quarter of 2011.