Samsung predicts Galaxy Tab sales to hit one million

Samsung has predicted it will sell one million of its Galaxy Tab tablets this year, as Asus and LG also get ready to unveil their own iPad rivals.

Samsung predicts Galaxy Tab sales to hit one million

Samsung said consumer response to its Galaxy Tab tablet had been strong and sales of the handheld device would exceed one million units this year.

Mobile head JK Shin made the prediction while speaking in Korea at the local launch of the Galaxy Tab.

“Although the launching of Galaxy Tab has been delayed a little bit [in Korea], consumer responses in Europe and Asia have been quite good and we are confident of meeting one million sales mark this year.”

Analyst firm Gartner has predicted tablet sales of 19.5 million this year, although Apple’s iPad holds the vast majority of that market.

Asus and LG

Asus is set to start selling its first tablet computers in January next year. An Asus official said the company would sell its EeePad tablets running Windows software in January and then others with Google’s Android system in April, but prices have not yet been decided.

Meanwhile, LG plans to launch an 8.9-inch tablet device based on an upcoming version of Google’s Android operating system, a source close to the matter said.

The device, to run on Android’s upcoming “Honeycomb” operating system tailored to tablet PCs, will be rolled out in South Korea and overseas early next year, the source said, asking not to be identified as the new Google system has not been announced yet.

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