Samsung’s tablet also delayed?

Some of you may know that Samsung was planning another of its “events”/showcases for May 24th in New York. Unfortunately, we can only guess what we were supposed to see and hear there. This is because the conference has been cancelled and postponed to an unspecified future.

Samsung's tablet also delayed?

Some of the commentators believe that at the presentation Samsung was supposed to officially announce the entry of the Samsung Galaxy S II into the US market. Others believe that the presentation was supposed to have something to do with the planned June 8th launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet , still others mentioned the official announcement of the date and the full presentation of the 8.9 model. As I wrote – we can only guess.

And there are more guesses and theories (of all kinds). Since we do not know what Samsung was supposed to show, it is even harder to guess why it will not do it.

Personally, I think we are still witnessing a rather unlucky set of events in the consumer electronics market (for Samsung especially). Most manufacturers (even Apple) have problems with availability of components for full production of their tablets. Hence, still in many markets tablets are not lying in stores waiting for customers but you have to look for them (the exception is Motorola Xoom, which thanks to the “affordable price” sells almost like tablets with Windows). The reason for this to some extent is certainly the cataclysm that struck Japan some time ago. Another issue is logistics, which after a series of delays is starting to take a “hit”. Why did I write that especially all these problems may affect Samsung? Well, our “Sammy” has another problem – the Exynos platform.

Exynos is a 2-core ARM processor with a Cortex A9 core (which is the standard for the current generation of processors) and a Mali GPU. Most people predicted the great performance of the Samsung chip even before its official presentation and this is confirmed by the tests.

It should be honestly noted that in this test the processor was overclocked from 1.2 GHz to 1.5 GHz. According to the site’s report, the 2.0 GHz barrier is very attainable, because at 1.5 GHz the processor did not show any signs of fatigue or instability. As a curiosity I will add that in the idle state the processor clocking automatically drops to 200 MHz. So Exynos is undoubtedly a desirable bone, and that’s both in phones and tablets (note that to this day no one at Samsung has confirmed what will power the new 10.1 and 8.9 tablets). So what’s the problem?

And in nothing but Samsung’s production capacity. Apparently, when producing the processor for the iPad 2, Samsung did not leave itself enough production capacity to meet its own needs with the Exynos processor. Hence, for example. The Galaxy S II is available with either an Exynos processor or a Tegra II processor depending on the market.

So is it really so bad with processor availability that the phone’s US launch has been delayed? Or does Samsung have too few SPLS touchscreens to ship enough of the new tablets to US stores?

Or maybe Exynos actually was/is about to go under the hood of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and as I wrote above there are too few of those bones? Or did software/performance issues with, say, the Touch UX interface cause Samsung to have to hold off on official press meetings?

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