Samsung announced that in its first month of availability, it has sold more than 600,000 Galaxy Tabs.
Throwing come cold water on analyst Ashok Kumar's claims, Samsung says demand for its Android 2.2-based tablet computer has so far been strong. It its home market of Korea, about 30,000 units have been sold since the November 14 launch via SK Telecom.
The device was launched globally in mid-October. It reached U.S. shores in the last week or so, and is available from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless. Pricing in the U.S. ranges between $400 and $650 (depending on contract and data plan options chosen by customers).
Samsung didn't offer a breakdown of Galaxy Tab sales in other markets. None of the U.S. carriers has announced sales numbers for the Galaxy Tab, and likely won't any time soon.
Last week, analyst Kumar said, "Poor sell through of Galaxy [Tab] has caused Samsung to dramatically revise down production volume."
Kumar says that supply chain checks indicated that Samsung has dropped production of the Tab by half. Kumar also spelled doom for the iPad, citing the MacBook Air as a driving force in cannibalizing tablet sales from all makers. He hasn't responded publicly to Samsung's announcement.
Earlier this year, Samsung had predicted it would sell one million Tabs. Based on its first month sales numbers, it looks like Samsung is on track to meet that projection.
Since the iPad's launch in April, Apple has sold approximately 7.2 million tablet computers.
For InformationWeek's full review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, click here.
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