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Watch out, Apple, Samsung wants your market share. The South Korean giant has forecast that its Galaxy Tab 7in Android tablet will account for a third of the slate market by this time next year.

To do so, Samsung expects to sell 10m of the things, the vast majority through network operators, company executive Hankil Yoon told the Wall Street Journal recently.

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Vodafone has already committed itself to offering the device, but isn't saying yet for how much. According to Yoon, the Tab will be priced at between $200 (£130) and $300 (£194) in the US after operator subsidy.

He said it won't be sold there direct to punters. We can believe it, given the appearance of SIM-free pricing over here. At an average of £650 inc VAT over here, that's $855 in the US after removing the government's take out of the UK price.

$855 when the equivalent (16GB) iPad is $629. Both devices have Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, and GPS location sensing on board, but the iPad has a 10in screen. Unlike the iPad, the Tab has a front-facing webcam.

Samsung's anticipated market share - to be reached in Q3 2011, said Yoon - follows claims that Apple's tablet market share will fall to 20-30 per cent, according to Acer chairman JT Wang - or to 60 per cent, if you believe market watcher iSuppli. ®

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