iSuppli: Samsung Galaxy Tab really is a big smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy Tab doesn’t just look like a big smartphone, that’s essentially what it is, according to a teardown by iSuppli.

iSuppli: Samsung Galaxy Tab really is a big smartphone

The analyst firm dismantled the iPad rival, finding it cost $205.22 in parts – much less than the $264.27 price tag for the 16GB Apple tablet.

The lower cost is largely down to the smaller screen size – 7in for the Tab versus 9.7in for the iPad – and a lower resolution 1,024 by 600 display, iSupply said. The teardown firm adding that the iPad’s 1,024 by 768 pixel display cost $98 compared to the Tab’s $57.

The Android-based Galaxy Tab’s components include the Hummingbird 1GHz ARM processor that’s also used by the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone, iSuppli said, noting that the tablet can also be used to make calls.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Read our full review of Samsung’s 7in Android tablet here

“Instead of matching up with the iPad on a feature-by-feature basis, the Galaxy Tab really is larger version of Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone,” said Andrew Rassweiler, principal analyst and teardown services manager for iSuppli.

“While the design approach makes the Galaxy less expensive to produce than the iPad 3G, it also makes for a product that lacks the same usability,” he said. “The Galaxy Tab’s screen resolution, size and technology are not at the same level as the iPad. This is a critical difference, given the fact that the display is a key differentiating factor for the iPad.”

The bill of materials difference also suggests Samsung is earning a higher margin than Apple on the tablet, with the 16GB Galaxy Tab available for £529 – the same price as the 3G version of the 16GB iPad.

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