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Samsung Says Galaxy Tab Line Doing Fine

Samsung has denied rumours that there is a "massive inventory" of unsold Galaxy Tab tablets because the device is not selling as well as many would have expected.

A media outlet called MoneyToday (ed : no link in the Reuters report (opens in new tab)), was the source of the "news" which refers to "market rumours" stating that Samsung was sitting on several hundred thousands units.

A spokesperson for Samsung flatly denied it saying that "We don't comment on market speculation but such talk is absolutely groundless" before adding that "Our tablet strategy is offering a broad product range with different sizes to support wider customer choice."

Samsung sold more than three million of its smaller 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab hybrid smartphones and paper launched a bigger 10-inch tablet at Mobile World Congress last month.

The Register (opens in new tab) suggests that the Tab was a "foot-in-the-door" product, one that allowed it to take a six months lead over the rest of the competition, allowing it to become the second best selling tablet around.

Yesterday, Samsung launched two more refined Galaxy Tab devices, a 8.9 and 10.1-inch model, both of which do not come with any voice capabilities unlike the original Galaxy Tab.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab (opens in new tab) can be purchased from Best Buy from as little as £349 with a free 16GB microSD card, that's less than half the suggested retail price it carried at launch.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.