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Samsung may make just 100K Galaxy Tabs a month, trail iPad

updated 07:55 am EDT, Fri August 27, 2010

Samsung has modest ambitions vs Apple tablet

Samsung may have only modest ambitions for the Galaxy Tab despite its being setup as an iPad rival, part suppliers contended on Friday. They estimated for DigiTimes that initial production of the Android tablet sits at 100,000 per month, or less than a tenth of Apple's sales rate. Over 3.27 million iPads were sold just in the spring and is likely to increase as international reach and holiday demand picks up.

While it would have modest expectations, Samsung is nonetheless thought to be worried about the iPad's effect on netbooks and to be focusing more on tablet development as a way of shoring up falling netbook sales in Europe. ASUS is already believed to be facing a similar effect and has lowered Eee PC production, possibly as a direct reaction.

Unofficially, the suppliers believed the Galaxy Tab was a preemptive strike against a seven-inch iPad rather than a direct attempt to counter the 10-inch original. The Galaxy Tab uses a seven-inch screen from the start and is likely to compare to a Wi-Fi iPad in price even with 3G and dual cameras.



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  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    Mistake on the Look of this thing

    I guess some tech people are too in awe of Apple.

    Don't get me wrong, the iPad aesthetic is wonderful - beautiful.

    But people don't like knock-offs. It makes you feel like you got the cheaper version of something.

    Guys, just go look at e-bay, the Android tablets are already there - the iPad knockoff's look horrible. The one's that did an 'e-book reader' aesthetic, are quite handsome.

    Amazon's latest Kindle, which some call the Kindle 3 - is an example of that e-book reader aesthetic. It's not unique to Kindle - not thought of as being owned by Amazon.

    I wish they had gone down that path- because they would have had a smart looking reader.

    If Sony came in with a tablet - I think that would be a big seller.

    Samsung - yes a 1st tier vendor, but they aren't "the" vendor that will have the breakout sales.
    Maybe Motorola, maybe HTC, maybe ASUS.

    Sony..we know you are thinking about it....get it right, and you should be the winner here.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Samsung's obviously not committed to tablets

    They probably don't want to take the risk of a massive endeavor blowing up in their faces along with a subsequent loss of capital. Apple, thanks to a loyal customer base, will be able to take risks that other companies won't. It all comes back to the iHaters saying that "iSheep will buy anything with an Apple logo on it." Anyway, Samsung is in no position to challenge Apple on a global scale and they'll be darn lucky to penetrate the U.S. market. They'll have to depend on their success in S. Korea. If their tablet is successful there, then they may begin global expansion in maybe China and Japan. I think that Samsung is smart in playing it safe. A 7" iPad in the U.S. would effectively take away Samsung's advantage of a smaller tablet.

    About the Kindle 3. It isn't about the hardware, it's more about the deals of the Amazon book store. The average eBook reader may not even be concerned about cutting-edge tech. Good refresh rate and a clear display may be all that is necessary to please users. I don't think Amazon should over-think the hardware. Keeping costs down while keeping quality high should do the trick.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Samsung's obviously not committed

    They probably don't want to take the risk of a massive endeavor blowing up in their faces along with a subsequent loss of capital.

    100K a month isn't committed? What would you consider to be a commitment? 500,000? A million?

    Isn't it more likely that they are being fiscally responsible by not over-estimating the demand for the product and be left with a ton in inventory? This is exactly Apple's excuse for early shortages. They underestimate demand.

    Apple, thanks to a loyal customer base, will be able to take risks that other companies won't. It all comes back to the iHaters saying that "iSheep will buy anything with an Apple logo on it."

    You basically define Apple's 'loyal customer base' as Sheep, then mock those who call them sheep (and probably call those who buys a PC or Windows 'sheep' for just following the herd over there).

    Anyway, Samsung is in no position to challenge Apple on a global scale

    Is that because Apple will use all they can do to crush the competition? Or just that no one would want to buy a Samsung or any other tablet in the US because, h***, for a few more $$$, they can get the iPad and be one of the 'in' crowd.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    Samsung

    I just want to correct something about 'positions' an earlier commenter made.

    Apple is not a maker of displays or flash storage.

    Samsung is a manufacturer of both.

    Samsung is actually quite positioned to withstand any 'market cornering' of all supply - they make the supply that they need.

    Apple is in the weaker position on that score. You have to do more research than this, yes a Sandisk, or HTC might have trouble obtaining components against Apple's greater buying power - but being the MANUFACTURER of the components has its own merits, don't you think????

    Maybe????

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