Samsung Electronics is finding itself in a dilemma concerning its super-slim tablet PC, the Galaxy Tab 8.9, made rather in a hurry to catch up with Apple’s i-Pad2.
The product succeeded in becoming the world’s slimmest smart pad, as thin as 8.6mm, thanks to the touch screen integrated with tempered glass called G1F. The thickness of i-Pad2 is 8.8mm. Nevertheless, Samsung is having difficulty actually putting it on the market owing to the low process yield ratios of its key components. If this situation goes on, the electronics giant’s plan to sell 10 million units of tablet PCs this year might be affected, too.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 incorporates both the G1F and GFF (glass fiber filter) technologies. Earlier, Samsung was intending to select two local panel makers and kick off the manufacturing of the new tablet PC from late this month. However, the yield problem arose, resulting in some shortage of components. The corporation had to take drastic measures, bringing in two GFF panel manufacturers additionally. In short, the same tablet PC model takes two different types of touch screens.
A GFF-type touch panel is 30% to 40% thicker than its G1F counterpart. Moreover, the former’s light transmittance is lower than the latter’s, which means the display performance is poorer. “There is nothing certain about the specifications of the 8.9-inch version of the product with the 10.1-inch model having yet to hit the market,” said Samsung.