updated 11:20 am EST, Mon November 22, 2010
Samsung Galaxy Tab hits 600K in October
Samsung today said it had sold 600,000 Galaxy Tab devices since it had a wider launch a month ago. The Android tablet's results were spread across 30 countries and in the past two weeks have included US carriers such as Sprint, T-Mobile Verizon and most recently AT&T. Demand triggered shortages in some areas, though Samsung didn't say which.
The Korean company did say that about 30,000 tablets had sold through SK Telecom since a release in its home country on November 14. It plans to sell 150,000 tablets in Korea by the end of the year and one million worldwide. NTT DoCoMo is getting the Galaxy Tab in Japan on November 26.
Its sales rate makes it the second most popular tablet in the world but also suggests that Samsung expects a steep drop-off in sales after the initial wave. Apple sold one million iPads in its first month but has seen its sales rate only increase since the release in April. At 4.2 million iPads sold this summer, the company has been selling about 1.4 million iPads a month without access to Korea or a handful of other key countries.
The sales rate should still eat significantly into Apple's 95.5 percent control of tablets for the fall but, without a resurgence, may still leave the iPad with a wide lead. Tablets like the MotoPad as well as the BlackBerry PlayBook should also cut into the lead but won't be ready until early 2011 at the soonest. [via Korea Herald]