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Samsung Bets on Business Demand for Tablet Computers

Samsung Electronics Co., seeking to challenge the dominance of Apple Inc.’s iPad in the market for tablet computers, expects demand from businesses to help boost the sales of its touch-screen device.

“There will be pretty big demand,” said Lee Don Joo, senior vice president of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Division, in an interview at the company’s headquarters in Suwon, South Korea, yesterday. Demand from hospitals and insurance companies will lead sales to businesses as doctors and insurance agents replace paper and bulkier laptops, he said.