Samsung Predicts Selling 40 Million Smartphones In 2011, Plus An Array Of Tablets

Samsung's mobile devision head Shin Jong-kyun has told reporters in Seoul that the company expects to sell more than 20 million smartphones by the end of 2010, (up from 18 million units projected earlier in the year.) From there, he said, Samsung Electronics Co feels it will sell more than 40 million smartphones worldwide in 2011. This was reported by the lovely Nikkei Business Daily newspaper in sunny Seoul South Korea.

A large chunk of this goal will be met more than likely by the Galaxy S smartphone, it being carried through mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo Inc in Japan. Nikkei believes that these projections are likely to have propped up Samsung's earnings, this allowing them to avoid going teeth-to-teeth with Apple, yet... Then, Shin mentioned that Samsung is preparing to release "a wide array of tablets," hinting at 10-inch screened devices that would compete with Apple's iPad. Begun, this pad war, has.

[Via Reuters]