Samsung sees increased tablet market share, but Apple is still the king in the castle


Although the sales of Android tablets have already surpassed the iOS ones, Apple is still the dominant player on the market for slates. In 2013 alone, Apple sold a tad over 70 million iPads, while Samsung lagged behind with roughly 37 million tablets retailed. With close to 30% of the market, Apple is still the leader during the first trimester of 2014.

Nonetheless, Samsung is purportedly catching up quickly, as the company now holds approximately 20% of the global tablet market. This means that roughly 14 million Samsung-branded slates were sold in the first three months of the current year. This is about 200,000 units more in comparison with the previous quarter, which Samsung regards as rather weak. This increase is mostly due to the increased demand for low and mid-range tablets in the emerging markets.


Samsung is allegedly expecting to double its worldwide tablet sales in 2014, which means that the company wants to sell no less than 60 million devices. Considering the 14 million sales for the first trimester of the year, we can say that Sammy might indeed meet this goal. Of course, let's not forget that Apple won't give up its throne without a fight.

source: ZDNet Korea via BGR

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17 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Apple will sue Samsung for increased sales of tablets.

6. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

ROLFMAO!!! That is so funny! Did you come up with that all by yourself?

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes. :D

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is nothing on the other Android tablets like Nexus, lg, lenovo, Toshiba, Sony, nvidia, and so many more. Considering 120 million Android tablets sold last year in 2013.

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Uh, they already did on the first lawsuit. Anyone who becomes successful in apple's domain makes them the next target of lawsuits. Except MS, since they are blessed with a patent deal from the 90s when they didn't know this would happen.

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Er where are the other 50% of the sales going to? Why does PA only reports on Apple and Samsung?

3. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

It'll be hard for anyone to dethrone Apple from the tablet market, but not impossible that a company like Samsung wont do it anytime soon though

16. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

agree i'm experienced with Android tablet, it's not as optimized as Android phone. I hope Apple come up with new idea or add some useful features like S-Pen integration for example...

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Is the galaxy note a tablet or phone? I feel like Sammy is adding these sales to both sides.

5. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Note 3, 2 and 1 are not included in tablets.. I am 100% sure on that. The latest pro series of tablets are the one which may dethrone iPad. Well we need to see for at least a year for it

18. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Thats a good question. Im not sure anymore. "Phablets" would continue to be a good name, but the Note would be the only phone labeled as a phablet so far

8. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Unless you can move ALL download apps to SD card then every tablet with a SD card option should NOT release a tablet under 32gb, my Galaxy note 10.1 has only 2gb free after 2 months & there is no option to move any app to sd card unless I root it (which we should not have to), if I knew i could not move apps to sd card (like my phone lets me) I would have tried to find a 32gb version. 16gb is just too small especially as RAM is so cheap.

10. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

Hmmm.... One would hope that you'd understand that all those apps that you can't move to SD are NOT stored in the device's RAM. Anyway... It's way overdue for major manufacturers to make 32gb the baseline capacity for their premium/flagship devices as STORAGE Really Is Too Inexpensive These Days.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Put all your music, pictures and videos on SD then. That will free up a lot of space.

11. marlboro

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

16gb of ram=cheap? that's already a MacPro... LOL

15. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Samsung tablets are better though...I'm surprised people haven't given up on the boring iPads.

17. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Between both, even though I'm a Samsung fan, if I was to buy a new tablet, I'd get an iPad, both are as fast, the Samsung has a better screen and amazing multitasking, and way better options, but hey it costs 300$ more than an iPad and this is not convincing.

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