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Samsung expecting low initial sales of the Note 10.1 (2014 edition)

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Samsung expecting low initial sales of the Note 10.1 (2014 edition)
There has been news before which pointed to Samsung not being very bullish on the appeal of its 10-inch tablets. According to what we've seen, about 70% of Samsung's tablet sales in the first half of 2013 came from the 7-inch Galaxy Tab model; so, it's not that much of a surprise that Samsung is expecting the initial sales of its new Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) to be fairly low.

Industry sources for DigiTimes are saying that Samsung is only expecting to sell between 400,000 and 600,000 units per month of the Galaxy Note 10.1. This low number isn't just because Samsung's 7-inch model is more popular, but because there are new Apple iPads expected to launch in the next two or three months. Unlike the smartphone market, where Samsung's flagship device the Galaxy S4 can rival iPhone sales on its own, it has taken the aggregate Android tablets from many manufacturers to unseat the iPad. 

Sources say that the only reason Samsung is sticking with the Note 10.1 is to "defend [its] market share in that segment", and that Samsung doesn't believe it can really cut into Apple's 9.7-inch iPad sales. 

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 06 Sep 2013, 11:28 12

1. JMartin22 (Posts: 765; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I'll just say it, out of any tablet today on the Android market. This is the best one in terms of productivity and hardware. But with a similar price tag to that of the iPad line-up, selling it is a tough pitch.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 11:58 1

6. k1ng617 (Posts: 242; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Completely agree with both you and ihatessmartphone. Honestly, not sure why then I am leaning towards a next gen Windows tablet. Ohh the choices!

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 13:12 7

8. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Samsung is now making app developers to make android tablets optimized apps !!! i mean, dafuq ? shouldn't this be Google's job ?

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 11:35

2. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


One key...
Apps.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 11:41 5

3. papss (unregistered)


True.., its hard to unseat the iPad in terms of sales.. I have a 4 and its really a great package as far as a tablet but I'm pretty intrigued by this tablet and love the ff speakers.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 16:31

10. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


It was said that they left off the front facing speakers on this new 2014 edition.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 17:36

13. papss (unregistered)


That would be a deal breaker for me.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 11:47 2

4. JMartin22 (Posts: 765; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


It might be a better productivity tool than the iPad, but without the applications to boast, it's not worth considering, unless you're strictly for the productivity aspect, baked into the tablet with the S-Pen prospective.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 16:31

11. Jillxz (Posts: 147; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


My god , just how many applications do you need.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 16:44

12. JMartin22 (Posts: 765; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Enough optimized ones that matter.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 22:11 1

14. RomeoJDR (Posts: 237; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)


Very true. Having both an iPad an the original Note 10.1, the iPad now belongs to my daughter. There was not an app I use on the iPad I use that I was not able to get for the Android tab. Talked to a developer who said that it is easier to make a single Android app that works on phones while changing its layout when opened from a tablet to utilize the extra real estate. So what iOS's "tablet optimized" apps really equates to is paying twice to have the same app on both your phone and tablet and somehow thinking it's a good thing.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 11:47 1

5. papss (unregistered)


Pricing on this anyone?

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 12:05 2

7. daniel_bargs (Posts: 323; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


With that ridiculous physical navigation button, this will be a really hard sell LOL.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 13:16 4

9. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Just like the ipads ridiculous home button and the G2s ridiculous volume keys? Yeah you're soooop smart bro.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 23:59

15. ar2730 (Posts: 40; Member since: 24 May 2012)


I think the issue with this tablet not doing so well is marketing. If they would market this as a replacement for physical notebooks to college students/business professionals this thing would take off. 10 lbs of notebooks vs. 2 lbs of notebook and calculator and games when bored and internet surfing device = win!

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 04:32

16. Trex95 (Posts: 543; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


10 inch Android tablet it's useless without apps optimized specially with that massive high resolution like Nexus 10 and upcoming Note 10.1 2014. Therese a few apps compatible with 10 inch and other just upscale overblown phones apps.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 05:34

17. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


So when Microsoft only sell 1 million RT tablets, it's labelled a disastrous failure by the tech media (despite the OS being less than 12 months old), but when samsung fails to move even half that volume it's excused as "low initial sales" ??? (Don't forget, android for tablets was launched 30 months ago).
Double standards anyone ??

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 15:26

18. aries.phills (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Microsoft only sold about 1 million RT tablets in 1 full year. That's failure to investors, but when Samsung plans shipping below 400,000 per month of note 10.1, they are camparatively very much better as they will end up selling more than ×4 of Microsoft's total sales. Do the maths bro. Its a no brainer.

posted on 07 Sep 2013, 21:09

19. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Those million or so RT tablets were sold in the first months after its release. I'm comparing apples to apples (initial sales after each one's respective launch) while Samsung (and indeed yourself) appear to be using figures obtained from a crystal ball. I don't need to remind you (well maybe I do) that it was revealed in court documents during the Apple v Samsung patent trial that samsung only sold a total of 1.4 million tablets over the 18 month period between September 2010 and June 2012. Again I ask, why was the Windows RT singled out as being a disastrous failure when initial tablet sales for android were just as bad, if not worse ???

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