Shortly after the US launch in November, Samsung predicted it would ship 1 million units by the end of 2010. The Korean company has since upped the forecast to 1.5 million. Less than two weeks ago, Samsung announced it had shipped 60,000.
Apple shipped one million iPads just 28 days after its April launch. Through Q4, Apple had shipped more than 7 million units. Analysts expect Apple to ship at least 10 million for all of 2010.
Unlike the iPad, which is available in two versions: Wi-Fi and 3G + Wi-Fi from AT&T, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is available from five major carries, including Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. Samsung announced it will soon offer a Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab, but has yet to announce a release date.
Samsung has not officially released the numbers yet, which was first reported by the Korean PR firm The Chosunilbo. In its report, the Chosunilbo did not break down the sales figures by country or carrier, only stating that the company shipped 100,000 units in its native Korea.
The Tab price ranges from $400 with a two-year data contract for $650 without, with most offering at $600 unsubsidized. Best Buy and Radio Shack both slashed an additional $50 off the price as part of a Black Friday promotion.