Samsung has revealed today that it will soon enter the Indian market with its Galaxy Tab and expects to sell one million units there over the next year.
Ranjit Yadav, director of Mobile and IT Businesses at Samsung India, revealed the optimistic sales expectations for the first 12 months of the Galaxy Tab’s entry into the Indian market, with figures expected to reach between 750,000 and one million tablet sales.
The Galaxy Tab will launch in India on November 10, just in time for the holiday season, adding to other launches in the US, Japan, South Korea, and Italy, all of which are expected to arrive before the end of the year.
However, a fatal flaw in Samsung’s plan is likely to be the price, which has been raising eyebrows in every region it has launched in. Samsung has priced the device at 38,000 rupees, which works out at around $855, even more expensive than the already rip-off $600 price tag expected in November on the AT&T network in the US.
The 7-inch tablet is a direct contender with the slightly larger 9.7-inch iPad and is one of the first of many Android tablets to hit the market, with dozens more expected over the coming months. It may face some stiff competition, however, from the recently announced $145 Elonex eTouch or the dirt cheap $35 tablet the Indian government is releasing in January of next year.
It remains to be seen if Samsung will achieve its one million sales goal with so many cheaper alternatives hitting the stores.