Samsung has made it clear that the company wishes to see its tablet business double in 2013. The company hasn’t revealed how many tablets it has sold in 2012, though analysts predict the sales figure for Samsung to achieve in 2013 could be 40 million units. An ambitious target, but pretty much achievable given the way the company has been seen making heady progress in the smartphone segment. Samsung has recently outsmarted Apple with sales of its smart connected device, while its smartphone business is booming right now.
As for tablet devices, Samsung’s share of the segment grew to 15.1 percent in Q4 2013, which is double the 7.3 percent share it held in previous quarters. The company has recently launched the Galaxy Note 8.0, which marks Samsung’s fresh attempt at the tablet segment. The 8 inch device packs in quite a punch with a quad core chip and 2 GB of RAM, plus enhanced functionality thanks to the stylus that comes bundled with it. Samsung though hasn’t revealed what the tablet will cost, something that will be crucial to its success. While it’s not likely to be in the range if the Kindle Fire or the Nexus 7, it is almost guaranteed to be competitive vis-à-vis the iPad Mini. Alternatively, it could be a disaster if the tablet isn’t priced for that segment.
Apart from the Galaxy Note 8.0, a few more tablet devices both in the budget and high-end segment are also likely from the South Korean company. Tablet devices based on Windows 8 are expected in the coming months.
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