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

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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1. JMartin22

Posts: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

6. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 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!

8. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

2. ihatesmartphone unregistered

One key... Apps.

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.

10. Jillxz

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

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

13. papss unregistered

That would be a deal breaker for me.

4. JMartin22

Posts: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

11. Jillxz

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

My god , just how many applications do you need.

12. JMartin22

Posts: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Enough optimized ones that matter.

14. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

5. papss unregistered

Pricing on this anyone?

7. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

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

9. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

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

15. ar2730

Posts: 42; Member since: May 24, 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!

16. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 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.

17. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 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 ??

18. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 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.

19. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 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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