Thanks to the fiery battle Between Apple and Samsung over patent infringement, the world gets to know a little bit more about what goes on behind those well-secured secret doors at the two biggest tech companies. Last week, we saw some interesting prototypes of early iPad design. This week, we are finding out that Samsung’s tablet sales are way lower than they have been claiming.
AllThingsD tracked down court documents from Thursday which revealed that Samsung reported selling only 262,000 Galaxy Tabs in the US in the fourth quarter of 2010 and 77,000 in the first quarter of 2011. This, after the company claimed to have sold one million of that unit within the first three-and-a-half weeks of the tablet’s release in November 2010.
According to the court documents, Apple sold 3.6 million units in Q4 2010 and 1.9 million in the first quarter of 2011. Apple’s total iPad sales from its release in 2010 until now is 34 million units. Samsung’s total Galaxy Tab sales since its release in 2010 until now is 1.3 million units.
Additionally, market research analysts were estimating Samsung tablet sales to be at 2million for the second quarter of 2012, up 117.6 percent from the same quarter last year. However, Thursday’s court documents show that Samsung only sold 37,000 in the US for Q2 2012, an 86 percent drop from the same quarter last year. Analyst firm IDC released a report last week that showed that Samsung sold 2.4 million tablets. If those estimates are correct, and Samsung only sold 37,000 units in the US, that would mean that the company sells 98.5 percent of its tablets outside the US.
Check out the entire document at CNet.