Samsung: Galaxy Tab sales "robust," headed for 1 million sales before year end

Samsung: Galaxy Tab sales "robust," headed for 1 million sales before year end

Summary: Samsung said it has sold more than 600,000 units of its 7-inch Galaxy Tab tablet PC globally, pushing it well toward its goal of selling 1 million units this year, according to a report in the Korea Herald.The company said consumer demand has been "robust," and is outpacing supply in most countries.

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Samsung said it has sold more than 600,000 units of its 7-inch Galaxy Tab tablet PC globally, pushing it well toward its goal of selling 1 million units this year, according to a report in the Korea Herald.

The company said consumer demand has been "robust," and is outpacing supply in most countries. The Galaxy Tab, powered by Google's Android OS, is available in more than 30 countries in North America, Europe and Asia.

The device, first released last month, is a challenger to Apple's iPad, though that device has a strong headstart. And the playing field is expected to get much more crowded next year as companies such as Research in Motion, with its Playbook, and HP, with WebOS-based tablets, slated to hit the market next year.

Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobile OS, Mobility, Samsung, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • RE: Samsung: Galaxy Tab sales

    So... 600,000 Tabs in a little more than three weeks vs. 1 million iPads in four weeks...<br><br>That's certainly a lot more 7" tablets sold than what surveys (and Steve Jobs) suggested.<br><br>Selling almost as many units, without the huge media buzz that the iPad enjoyed, is quite an achievement for Samsung.<br><br>Android fans might say Samsung has got he better product - and I'm not sure whether I would disagree.
    drphysx
    • No, you have it all wrong

      @drphysx
      Compare Apple's share price to Samsung's share price, Apple is winning.

      Compare Apple's revenue to Samsung's revenue, Apple is winning.

      Compare Apple's market cap to Samsung's market cap, Apple is winning.

      Compare Apple's marketshare in downloadable media to Samsung's marketshare in downloadable media, Apple is winning.

      So you see, no matter what metric you can come up with to show that a competitor is doing well, I can come up with at least 4 metrics that have nothing to do with the topic at hand to prove that the competitor sucks and that you should buy the Apple product.

      /sarcasm (just in case it wasn't obvious)
      NonZealot
      • Ok, those damn metrics. In any case, It looks like Android tablets are

        doing better than I though they would.
        DonnieBoy
    • I have had Samsung phones going on my last 3 models

      drphysx, and I can say they make a nice, reliable product.

      The name behind the hardware can certainly help push the software along.
      John Zern
    • Just checking isn't this a 'world wide&quot; number of sales?

      @drphysx
      Was not the iPads initial sales numbers from US only sales? Has the iPad even been made available world wide yet? The US is 300 million people give or take. The world is like 6.5 Billion or so. Just saying....

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
    • 3 weeks?? ... only to idiots who can't count

      @drphysx The number are for GLOBAL sales. The Galaxy Tab was out in Asia over 3 months ago and in Europe over a month before it came out in the US.

      So, when did 3+ months become 3 weeks?
      wackoae
  • It will be better with Gingerbread

    It should be possible to update these tablets with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), which comes out in the next couple of weeks. Gingerbread gives a more tablet-friendly interface.

    It is good that Samsung is publicly releasing its sales figures - 600,000 units. Some other OS vendors who aren't doing well refuse to reveal the numbers.
    Vbitrate
    • RE: Samsung: Galaxy Tab sales

      @gyepera - even if Android 2.3 does ship in a few weeks, it'll be several months before updates for handsets and tablets become available because all the hardware manufacturers and carriers have to go through the laborious process of porting, testing and re-certifying the new OS on all the supported hardware.

      Just look at how long it's taken for 2.2 to show up - even for the most popular handsets.
      bitcrazed
      • not only that...

        @bitcrazed - gingerbread is not even the android release that will actually contain the tablet specific tweaks.. that's why it's only 2.3. 3.0 (honeycomb) is said to contain those tweaks but will come even later...
        doctorSpoc
  • RE: Samsung: Galaxy Tab sales

    I will be buying one the instant a WiFi only one is available (my phone can already be a WiFi hotspot... why pay for two data plans)?
    Droid101
    • Exactly!! I also want a bigger screen.

      I have to admit I am very suprised at the sales figures.
      DonnieBoy
  • Competition is great

    I love it. This will push innovation, lower prices and increase choice.
    mstrsfty
    • Tru Dat!!!

      @mstrsfty

      I wish them well. Not interested myself mind you but I hope they do well none the less.

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
    • Competition is always great

      @mstrsfty Except that the Galaxy Tab is only competition to the cheap crapware clones, not the iPad.

      When you put them side by side and/or actually play a few minutes with both, you will see why the Galaxy is no where near the iPad. It isn't competition in any way shape or form.

      And BTW, I have no plans to buy an iPad (or tablet) any time soon.
      wackoae
  • If true, this is very surprising. I did not think a 7 inch tablet without

    the Gingerbread version of Android would sell even 100,000, especially at the prices that are not much better than iPad.

    In any case, I will wait for at least a 10 inch model, with Gingerbread, SD slot, USB, better price, etc. I would like say 11.5 inches.
    DonnieBoy
  • Just a heads up.. Gingerbread is not the droid your interested in...

    Gingerbread will just be a dot release (2.3) and will only contain minor GUI tweaks. 3.0 is the release that's supposed to contain tablet specific tweaks and will come in honeycomb.. that's why Lenovo & HTC etc have come out and said they are holding out for honeycomb.
    doctorSpoc
    • Translation

      @doctorSpoc
      Please, please, please don't buy Android tablets!!!! Please support Steve Jobs and buy an iPad!

      Even in your title, you admit to trying to use mind control to override the logic of the people you are talking to. :)
      NonZealot
  • Do you want the Chevy piece of junk? ....

    Or do you want the Ford piece of junk?
    Where is Toyota with "unstopable" brakes?
    kd5auq
    • It better have unstopple brakes

      given the fact that it just accelerates out of control on it's own... :)
      John Zern
  • RE: Samsung: Galaxy Tab sales

    Yes, why pay for two data plans, but you do know, you can have the data plan on the tablet, and not on the phone. I mean why apply a data plan to a tiny phone screen - save it for the tablet. Who is really going to use both?

    I hated being forced into 'two data plans' until I realize - I'm not forced into anything - the phone will have no data plan, and might as well be a flip phone - you can go back and pick up one of those ultra cheap, prepay plans for your dumb phone.

    As long as you have a 'carry everwhere' tablet, thats good enough for all your portable data needs.
    rdupuy11