The following is an excerpt from Arik Hesseldahl | August 24, 2012 | allthingsd.com |
One of the most revealing facts to emerge from the continuing trial between Samsung and Apple in a California federal courtroom is how thoroughly the iPad has dominated the emerging tablet market in the U.S. Court documents showed that from the end of 2010 to the middle of 2012, for every one of any of the three models of Samsung tablet sold, Apple sold 21 iPads.
Samsung’s latest attempt to tilt at Apple’s windmill is the Galaxy Note 10.1. Released in the U.S. on Aug. 16, at a high-profile event in New York, it sells for a starting price of $499.99 for a 16 gigabyte version. Like other tablets from Samsung, it runs Google’s Android operating system, specifically the version from last year known as Ice Cream Sandwich, though an upgrade to the newer Jelly Bean is coming eventually. It has also been reviewed favorably, including last week by AllThingsD‘s Walt Mossberg.
Now, the gearheads at IHS iSuppli — the folks who last month dismembered Google’s Nexus 7, and before that Apple’s latest iPad — have taken the Galaxy Note 10.1 apart to see what makes it tick. More importantly, they’ve also estimated how much Samsung spends on the components used to assemble it,; from that, it’s pretty easy to guess at Samsung’s profit margin.
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