After months of enjoying virtual ownership of the tablet computer market, Apple will finally get to see how consumers react to the first legitimate competitors to the iPad. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab was set for European release in mid-September, with the Android-powered mobile devices expected to land in the U.S. by the holidays. If Samsung reaches its goal of shipping 10 million units by the third quarter of 2011, it will give the Galaxy one-third of the worldwide tablet market now belonging solely to the iPad — with an array of new tablets scheduled for release throughout the next year. With an expected lower price point and rear- and front-facing cameras, the slightly smaller Galaxy may provide a viable alternative for users and add some intrigue to the mobile marketplace.
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