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Samsung: We'll Sell 10 Million Galaxy Tabs

Speaking in an interview, a Samsung executive said the company believes it will sell 10 million Android-powered Galaxy Tabs by this time next year.

Samsung introduced the Galaxy Tab on September 2 at the IFA trade show in Berlin. The Tab is a tablet device with a seven-inch display that runs Android 2.2. Samsung thinks the device, which is being called an iPad competitor, will be a hot seller.

The company has projected that it will move 10 million of the tablets by the third quarter of 2011, grabbing one-third of all tablet sales world wide. That's a brave estimate. Apple's iPad has sold over 3 million units to-date.

This estimate comes from Samsung product executive Hankil Yoon, who recently spoke to The Wall Street Journal. Other details shared by Mr. Yoon include a more accurate projection of how much the tablet will cost. He said it will street in the U.S. for between $200 and $300. U.S. wireless network operators -- which will have to subsidize the tablet -- will determine the exact, final price.

Reports last week has suggested that the Tab would cost closer to the $1,000 mark unsubsidized. The $200 - $300 sounds a lot better for customers, though Yoon didn't say how much the full retail cost of the Tab will be. Yoon did, however, say that Samsung is currently talking to U.S. network operators about making the Tab available in the U.S. some time in the next few months.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab has a seven-inch TFT-LCD screen with 1024 x 600 pixels. It has 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and full quad-band GSM/EDGE and tri-band 900/1900/2100 7.2Mbps HSDPA.

There is a 3 megapixel camera on the back with a flash and auto-focus, and a 1.3 megapixel user-facing camera. With the Android 2.2 operating system comes Flash Player 10.1 and the ability to watch Flash-based content.

Rounding out the specs, it has a gyroscope and accelerometer for better gaming. It has 32GB of internal memory, and with microSD cards, supports up to an additional 32GB of content. It has 512MB of RAM.

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