September 8, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
Of all the upcoming Android tablets, the 7-inch Galaxy Tab running Froyo is without doubt one of the most desirable and Samsung naturally has high expectations for the device. A product executive at the company named Hankil Yoon, likely confident after the success of the Galaxy S series of Android handsets, told the Wall Street Journal that Samsung predicts to sell more than 10 million Galaxy Tabs in 2011, as well as claim a third of the worldwide tablet market.
It’s surely a brave expectation, especially since the initial price for an unlocked Galaxy Tab is said to be ridiculously high: around £600 in England and approximately $1100 in Scandinavia. How is Samsung expecting to sell the Galaxy Tab like hot cakes with such a hefty price tag? Well, Yoon also says in the interview that the unit isn’t meant to be sold directly to consumers, but through carriers. By making the Galaxy Tab really expensive to buy unlocked, Samsung is likely trying to force consumers to acquire it via an operator instead.
Do you think Samsung will be able to pull off selling 10 million Galaxy Tabs next year? In comparison, Apple managed to sell 3 million iPads in 80 days.