UK faces Samsung Galaxy Tab rip-off

UK and European consumers can look forward to paying more than their counterparts across the Atlantic, as the 7in Samsung Galaxy Tab looks set to become the next high-tech rip-off to hit these shores.

The much-anticipated Android-based tablet, which was unveiled at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin last week, has gone on pre-order at Expansys ready for shipping on 11 October, priced at an eye-watering £679.99.

But if a report on tech blog Engadget of hints made by a Samsung executive to the Wall Street Journal prove correct, consumers Stateside will be able to get their hands on the iPad rival for as little as $200-300, thanks to subsidies from US mobile networks.

Another source at Samsung has suggested to the Korea Times that the US price will be somewhere between $300 and $400.

Either way, if you're buying in pounds and pence, it's sounding like another right royal rip-off.