Samsung Galaxy Tab Isn't Really Selling...Bad News For Android Slates?

Posted: Jan 31 2011, 11:57am CST | by , in Technology News


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Samsung Galaxy Tab Isn't Really Selling...Bad News for Android Slates?

Or just a sign that 7" ain't 'where it's at'?

The Galaxy Tab isn't selling quite as well as Samsung lead us to believe. They first trumpeted one million sales and just recently started bragging two million in only three months. Despite being basically a giant phone (and a severely mixed critical reaction) the Galaxy Tab looked like a success.

More importantly, it looked like proof of a serious demand for Android tablets. If people were going this crazy for the wheat bran Android slate, surely the first Honeycomb tablets would be HUGE.

But now those numbers mostly look like a big stinking lie. Because that's pretty much what they were. The WSJ reports that, when pressed on the details of Gal Tab sales, a Samsung executive admitted that the "two million" number was not an accurate representation of units-moved to customers.

Two million is actually the number of Tabs shipped to carrier stores and retailers. Worldwide. So the actual number of these slates in the hands of consumers around the world is "quite small", according to said executive.

The implications here are a little worrying. Samsung still claimed optimism about 2011 tablet sales, but "the tablet is relatively new and we need to see how the market develops before we give any firm numbers". That's a startlingly honest thing to hear from an executive- I spent much of CES trying to get similar admissions from one PR rep or another.

We've got billions in development and marketing spent on tablets, but no real clear idea of what it is consumers WANT in a tablet. Manufacturers and retailers alike seem to expect that we'll see some wild flood of demand based on the iPad. The reality may be quite different. It's looking like we'll know soon though.

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