updated 12:55 pm EST, Fri December 3, 2010
Samsung hits one million Galaxy Tabs, teases 10in
Samsung today said it had sold its first million Galaxy Tab slates in two months. The milestone came after it reached 600,000 in its first month and came mostly from Europe and the US, though 10 percent were from Samsung's South Korean home. The results were enough for Samsung to raise its estimate for 2010 from one million tablets to 1.5 million.
The firm also more officially confirmed a 10-inch Galaxy Tab that would ship sometime in the first half of 2011. Most of its features are still unknowns, but the larger size may need Android 3.0, or Honeycomb, to get a properly tablet-optimized OS.
Samsung's growth makes it the second largest tablet maker after Apple and gives it considerably better results than expected, although its rate is slowing down considerably versus the iPad. Apple took just one month to reach one million iPads shipped and has so far only seen its rates increase since then, reaching almost 1.4 million a month in the summer. The ratio might be small but would be enough to dislodge Apple's 95.5 percent tablet market share before 2011 begins.