The technology business is a funny old game at times. One minute, a product originally released months ago is widely available; the next, it's been pulled from the shelves and will, in fact, only be landing in the UK next week.
Confused? So were we saw some of the headlines relating to Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 earlier today. Specifically, we were intrigued as to how a product originally released back in June had apparently just been given a "22 August UK release date," according to one headline (below), which ironically existed alongside in-depth reviews of the product.
No, that's not just the 3G-ready model that currently only seems to be available from grey retailers like Handtec – the article also refers to the Wi-Fi-only iteration currently in-stock at mainstream seller John Lewis (see top) and PC World among others, where it sells new for £299.99.
The article, which has since been cited by other online publications, points to the Carphone Warehouse's website, where both versions of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 are currently listed as available for pre-order (see bottom), with stock arriving 22 August.
Asked why a journalist might have interpreted the listings as denoting the arrival of a new product, a Carphone Warehouse representative said simply: "I have no idea."
ITProPortal is currently awaiting further clarification from the Carphone Warehouse about its Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 listings.
Of course, one possible explanation is that a bleary-eyed writer was scanning the retailer's site for deals and spotted the two pre-order listings. Since Samsung plus pre-order sometimes equals exciting imminent product launch - and the page views that often go hand-in-hand with anticipated rollouts - said writer got a bit over-stimulated and wrote up the story like it was the second-coming of the Galaxy S3.
Or the article is meant to refer to the seemingly new availability of the 3G-version via the Carphone Warehouse from next week. Or the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 got confused with the Galaxy Note 10.1, which is rolling out shortly – albeit this week as opposed to next.
As disappearing acts go, a tablet that existed at the beginning of the day but was then set to be released at close of business is like some kind of crazy Houdini/Kaufman lovechild. Maybe Google's playing some crazy time-warp trick on us all?