Samsung prepares to ship 100 million tablets in 2014
After years of struggles, Samsung has finally managed to break through the iPad dominance in tablet market this year. According to company management and some independent analysts, they are on track to ship 40-42 million slates in 2013. And they have even bigger plans for the next year.
According to Korean ET News, Samsung has started polling their supply chain for materials and parts to ship 100 million tablet PCs in 2014.
A lot of smartphone parts can be used to make tablets, and there should be quite enough of them, since overall tablet volumes are still much lower. But there are some very specific, size related bottlenecks like touchscreen panels, printed circuit boards, and backlight units. Samsung is now trying to make sure it will have enough of them to make 2.5 times more tablets than it did this year.
Samsung has already hinted about its big plans during its analyst day few weeks ago.
They are doing well in traditional slates with 7” and 10 “ displays now. Next year Samsung expects to increase the size of the tablets it offers, probably going as high as 13.3”, with the interim 12”+ Galaxy Note pegged for CES announcement in January. A dual-boot Samsung Notes running both Android and Windows 8.1 RT, have been rumored too.