updated 01:15 pm EDT, Thu August 26, 2010
Apple tablet could arrive early next month
South Korean companies are vowing to introduce other tablet offerings to combat the iPad, which could ship to the country very soon, writes Agence France-Presse. The country's top wireless carrier, SK Telecom, is hedging much of its bets on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch Android-based tablet. "We are aiming for a September release," says SK spokesman Kim Dae-Woong, though prices and a release date are as yet undecided. "We are also considering diverse tablet PCs at the moment."
LG is expected to release its own Android tablet by December. Apple's local distributor in Korea, KT, says it in fact plans to launch a low-end tablet before it brings the iPad into the country. The iPad could arrive in early September, says KT spokesman Lee In-Won.
KT has reportedly sold over 1 million iPhones, approximately 880,000 of which are 3G and 3GS models. 212,000 are actually pre-orders for the iPhone 4, which will ship sometime next month. The company has not committed to firm details for the device, though monthly fees are unlikely to change much if at all.