by Anton Shilov
01/28/2011 | 09:47 AM
Samsung Electronics has sold two million units of its Galaxy Tab personal computer in slate form-factor, a South Korean news-agency reported this week. The tablet is clearly less popular than Apple iPad even despite of direct advertising in magazines and other media outlets. The big question the reason of lower popularity of the Galaxy Tab.
This week Samsung revealed that it had sold two million Galaxy Tab slates, reports Yonhap news-agency. The company supplied about 500 thousand units to Europe, 350 thousand tablets were sold in Northern America, 330 thousand Galaxy Tabs were sold in Asia and the rest were purchased in regions like Latin America, Russia and so on. At present Samsung Galaxy Tablet is available in 94 countries from 200 mobile carriers.
Samsung started to sell its Galaxy Tab in October, hence, it can be said that throughout the fourth quarter of 2010 it sold two million tablets. During the same timeframe Apple sold around 7.3 million of its iPad devices, which is over three times more.
Apple was clearly the first company to release a successful media tablet, which quickly became popular among Apple's current customers. Since those customers consumer a lot more content than they create, they do not need keyboards and iPad was just what the doctor ordered for them. Samsung was only second to launch a media tablet and since its target audience was generally users of Windows-based PCs, who consume lower amount of content, the slate PC did not become that popular. Another explanation is that a lot of tablet users prefer larger screens, where iPad has an exclusive advantage.
Samsung Galaxy Tab GT-P1000 is based on Google Android 2.2 operating system that is primarily designed for mobile phones and was tailored for slate device by Samsung itself. The device is powered by ARM Cortex-A8 1.0GHz processor, PowerVR SGX 540 graphics processor, features 512MB of random access memory (RAM) and either 16GB or 32GB of flash storage. The product is equipped with 7" screen with 1024*600 resolution, 3.0MP camera with flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 802.11a/b/g/n controller, GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSUPA/HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA and so on. The GT-P1000 weighs 380 grams.