Korean technology giant Samsung has revealed that within just one month of launch it has sold 600,000 Galaxy Tab tablet computer devices, trumping Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ prediction that such devices would be DOA.
According to the Korean Herald, Samsung has sold more than 600,000 units of its tablet PC globally just a month after its launch.
Samsung said consumer demand for its Galaxy Tab has been robust, outpacing supply in most countries. The Galaxy Tab is now available in more than 30 countries in North America, Europe and Asia. In Korea, about 30,000 units have been sold since its 14 November launch through SK Telecom.
Taking a slice of Apple?
The 7-inch Galaxy Tab was first released in Italy in mid-October, challenging the global dominance of Apple Inc.’s 9.7-inch iPad. Apple has sold about 7.5 million iPad units globally since its April launch, brushing off scepticism that tablet PCs would not fill the gap between smartphones and computers.
In October, as Jobs announced a massive US$20bn quarter, he attacked 7-inch tablet devices based on Android, which he predicted would be “DOA.”
However, the Apple iPad is due to go on sale in Korea, where it has already taken pre-orders of 40,000 in less than a week.
Speaking at the IFA in Berlin in recent months, Samsung’s head of mobile JK Shin predicted Samsung would sell 1 million Galaxy Tab devices at the end of this year.