Want CNET to notify you of price drops and the latest stories?

Samsung to challenge Apple with AMOLED tablets -- report

The Korean electronics giant preps two new high-end tablets to compete directly with Apple's iPad and iPad Mini, says a Korean portal site.

Lance Whitney Contributing Writer
Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books--one on Windows and another on LinkedIn.
Lance Whitney
Samsung's current Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet.
Samsung's current Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet. Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung is cooking up a couple of new high-end tablets outfitted with AMOLED displays. At least, that's the scuttlebutt from a story at South Korean Web portal Naver.

Citing an unnamed industry source, Naver said on Friday that Samsung is prepping two tablets, one with an 8-inch screen and the other with a 10-inch screen. Both will come with AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) displays, which are designed to be are faster, thinner, and brighter than their LCD counterparts. As such, the tablets will be part of Samsung's premium lineup, which likely means they won't be cheap.

At least one of the tablets will roll out early next year at the same time Samsung launches the Galaxy S5, the report added. By offering higher-end tablets with two screen sizes, Samsung wants to compete directly with Apple's iPad and iPad Mini, the source said. The iPad Air and new Mini both still use LCD screens but are equipped with Retina Displays to enhance their resolution.

Samsung outfitted its new curved Galaxy Round smartphone with an AMOLED display and sees the high-quality display as the future.

"We were the first to commercialize AMOLED back in 2007. This year we successfully produced 440 ppi [pixels per inch] high-resolution AMOLED....we also launched the first curved AMOLED displays," Kinam Kim, CEO of Samsung Display, said last month during a presentation at the company's analyst day in Seoul, South Korea.

(Via SamMobile)