Samsung aims to sell 1 million Galaxy Tabs by year’s end
Seoul: South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Thursday launched its tablet computer in the domestic market and said it aims to sell more than a million of the Galaxy Tabs worldwide by the end of this year. J. K. Shin, president of the company’s mobile business, said the firm plans to offer the Galaxy Tab in various sizes next year as it scrambles to challenge Apple’s iPad in the rapidly-growing tablet PC market.
“We have received a very good market response in countries in Southeast Asia and Europe.... I estimate we will be able to sell more than a million units worldwide by the end of this year,” Shin told reporters. “You can literally use it by holding it in one hand or put it into the inside pocket of your suit,” Shin said, putting the device into his pocket during a press conference.
The Galaxy Tab has a seven-inch (18-centimetre) touch screen — smaller than the iPad’s nearly 10-inch display — and will be available for South Korean consumers next week via SK Telecom, the country’s largest wireless operator. The Galaxy Tab, powered by Google’s Android software and featuring cameras front and back, can make phone and video calls, while the iPad has no camera or built-in phone. It also allows users to access websites based on Adobe System’s Flash, unlike Apple, which blocks the widely-used multimedia platform on its devices.
The global tablet PC market is expected to expand to 30 million units next year from 13 million this year, according to industry data. Samsung is also competing with Apple in the Smartphone market with its Galaxy S model.
Shin said the company aims to sell over 20 million Galaxy S units globally this year and to double that next year.