Samsung Sold Only 20,000 Galaxy Tabs in 2010, Says Lenovo

September 6, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Initially, we saw Samsung boasting a shipment of a million units of their Galaxy Tab devices in 2010, making it the biggest competitor of the Apple iPad. Then there was a bit of back-pedaling on that figure, with Samsung’s clarification that the figure was actually the number of tablets they had put into the channel. Now, Lenovo has come up claiming that Samsung has sold only 20,000 Galaxy Tabs in 2010.

Lenovo’s director of consumer products and pricing for Western Europe, Andrew Barrow told The Guardian that Samsung has sold only 20,000 Galaxy Tabs in 2010. He added that any tablet maker trying to undercut Apple’s iPad “would be giving money away”.

Maybe the same thing happened to HP, which had an estimated loss between $100 million and $200 million on their Touchpad fire sale. Barrow makes a vital distinction between those units shipped in the channel and the devices that have been purchased.

Well, Samsung has been very cagey about sales figures. But now, Samsung announcing the actual Galaxy Tab sales figures, and not shipment claims, would be better than the reports involving such meager numbers. All said, the figure 20,000 seems to be a bit too low. What is your take on this?

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