Samsung want Galaxy tab to rival iPad

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Samsung says consumer response to its Galaxy Tab tablet had been strong and sales of the handheld device would exceed one million units this year.

Samsung unveiled the 7-inch model, powered by Android version 2.2, in Europe and other Asian countries earlier.

"Consumer responses have been quite good (in Europe and Southeast Asia). I said in Germany that more than a million units will be sold by end of this year. I think I can keep my word. I think it's possible to meet the one million sales mark this year," said JK Shin, head of Samsung's mobile division.

The Galaxy Tab runs on Google's Android 2.2 operating system, also known as "Froyo"

Shin added: "There's a controversy whether Froyo is a suitable software version for tablet devices, but we produced a quality Galaxy Tab with Froyo 2.2 version. I think consumers will see how great a device it is after using Galaxy Tab."

The country's largest mobile phone carrier launched the device before Apple's iPad entry into the South Korean market in an attempt to grab a bigger share of the local tablet market.