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Samsung Expecting Low Sales on New Galaxy Note 10.1, Cuts Order

by Jacob Kleinman | September 6, 2013September 6, 2013 11:30 am PST

Amid all the excitement on Wednesday as Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch it was easy to forget about a third new product, the refreshed Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. That may not have been an oversight, but a calculated decision by the South Korean company to downplay the full-sized Android slate. According to a new report from DigiTimes, Samsung only expects to sell between 400,000 and 600,000 units per month, and recently cut component orders. By comparison DigiTimes’ sources also note that Apple currently orders about 2 million new iPads per month.

Samsung’s disinterest in its own 10.1-inch tablet is two-fold. First, the new version only offers an incremental update, with a few minor hardware and software changes over its predecessor. Second, the market has largely shifted towards smaller tablets at this point, with several new introductions in the sub 10-inch range made by Samsung itself already.

In case you missed it, the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes equipped with a 2560 x 1600-pixel display, a quad-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 3GB of RAM, an S Pen, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front shooter. The refreshed tablet hits stores on Sept. 25.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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