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Samsung takes on Apple with iPad rival


Samsung on Sept. 2 unveiled what the South Korean electronics giant hopes will be a major rival to Apple’s highly successful iPad tablet computer, AFP reports. The Galaxy Tab, presented at the IFA electronics trade fair in Berlin, has a seven-inch touch screen, slightly smaller than the iPad’s 9.7 inches, and uses Google’s Android 2.2 operating system. Weighing 0.8 pounds—only half the iPad’s 1.5 pounds—the device launches in Europe in mid-September and in other markets (including the U.S.) in the coming months. But Samsung gave no indication of whether the Galaxy Tab will undercut the iPad on price, which retails from $499 for the basic model. In an indication of how much Apple’s iPad has influenced the computer market, Japan’s Toshiba is rumored to be unveiling its own tablet PC in Berlin, and Samsung’s South Korean rival, LG Electronics, has promised to release a tablet PC using Android before December…

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