Fortune reports Apple sold 5.7 million tablets in the U.S. last quarter, while Samsung sold 37,000, court documents show. In the California federal court Thursday Samsung showed the company selling 262,000 Galaxy Tabs in the U.S. — the world’s largest tablet market — in Q4 2010 and 77,000 in Q1 2011.
Its’ a shocking discrepancy, made even greater by independent market researchers. According to an IDC press release issued just last week, Samsung sold 2,391,000 tablet computers worldwide in Q2 2012, up 117.6% from the same quarter last year. But, according to Samsung’s court filing, it sold a total of 37,000 tablets in the U.S. last quarter, down 86% year over year.
IDC says Apple shipped 17 million iPads worldwide during the quarter, up from 11.8 million units in 1Q12 and well above its previous record of 15.4 million in 4Q11, while Samsung shipped some 2.39 million. It seems unbelievable that the US share of Samsung tablets would be so tiny.
AllThingsD got the documents first. CNET made them easy to download. Those market projects are so far from the court documents (above), you have to question the validity of market research organizations.
The Apple/Samsung trial, which will determine whether Samsung violated Apple patents in creating competing smartphone and tablet-computing products, is now in its second full week, and is expected to run through the end of August.