Samsung expects to ship 100+ million Galaxy S/Notes, 40 million tablets in 2013
Devices with folding displays by 2015 are all well and good, but how well is Samsung doing currently? Well, the company provided some numbers to the anxious investors at its Analyst Day in Korea – Samsung says it expects to sell more than 100 million of Galaxy S and Note devices (including the Galaxy S3, S4, Note II and 3), and 40 million+ tablets (confirming what was claimed in a report yesterday).
For the coming year, Samsung believes most sales will come from tablets larger than 10-inch with shipments hitting 100 million, hinting at the upcoming 12.2-inch and possibly 13.3-inch Galaxy tablets. As for the almost-saturated high-end smartphone market, Samsung isn’t worried and believes the high-end market is stable, but to further growth, the company will be looking at lower-cost devices and those with LTE and LTE-A connectivity, expecting half of total smartphones in the world to be LTE-enabled by 2017.
Samsung also believes that the tablet and PC market will merge one day, a sentiment others have shared as well, and that it wants to be at the forefront whenever that happens. Of course, at this point these are all estimates, but given the resources Samsung has at its disposal, much of it could turn out to be true, and that will likely keep the investors quite happy. At least for now.