Back in November, Samsung announced that it was expecting to ship 40 million tablets in 2013 along with 100 million Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones. It now appears that Samsung will meet its goal for tablet shipments. South Korea’s FNNews.com reports that Samsung insiders have told it that the company has met that goal after Q4 tablet shipments hit 12 million units.
Combined with shipments of 9.1 million in Q1, 8.4 million in Q2 and 10.5 million in Q3, Samsung’s tally just hits the 40 million mark. Samsung introduced a number of tablets in 2013, including three Galaxy Tab 3 variants and the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition). A breakdown by model was not provided and it’s not known whether the Galaxy Note 10.1 managed to sell better than Samsung reportedly expected.
For its part, Samsung has yet to confirm these numbers. If it did hit its mark, we can expect an announcement shortly as Samsung likes to announce such milestones.
Samsung has loftier ambitions yet for 2014. It will put more emphasis on tablet sales next year and is aiming to ship 100 million tablets. With the holiday shopping season behind us, Samsung is expected to unveil a new tablet lineup in early 2014, possibly at MWC 2014, to ensure that it gets an early start on that goal. Among the new models could be the entry level Galaxy Tab 3 Lite that would sell for as little as €100 (about CA$145) along with a number of larger-sized tablets such as the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.