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Galaxy Tab Amazon UK Price Raises Eyebrows

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is now available for pre-order at Amazon UK – but the price of £679 is higher than many were expecting.

In fact, the RRP that Amazon has for the model is an eye watering £799, enabling it to claim that you are saving £120 by purchasing from Amazon – not that it can be had from anywhere else at the moment.

Even more concerning is that the model listed is the 16GB version, so the price for the 32GB model doesn’t bear thinking about.

The high price is surprising as many were expecting Samsung to undercut Apple, but the equivalent iPad, the 16GB model with 3G, costs £529.

A Samsung spokesperson told TrustedReviews that it is not clear where Amazon has got its pricing from, as Samsung has not yet confirmed pricing. The spokesperson told us that, “Samsung are in discussions with mobile operators to offer the Galaxy Tab at a reasonable price with a data plan.” If this is the price we expect most people interested in one going this route anyway.

Amazon has yet to respond to our query.

The delivery day is also down as being between "1 to 3 months", which to us implies that Samsung is hedging its bets on this one.

CraigD

September 16, 2010, 4:50 pm

madness, absolute madness.





Never gonna be a mainstream product. at £680 there's core i5 laptops in the same bracket and no one with any sense will take this on a contract as it's to big to be a phone, and to small to be a computer and a £30+ per month contract for a niche product is madness.





In fact these tablets are summing up what is wrong with communication in general if they're gonna be pushed this way.





At the moment in my house I'm paying approx £15 per month for land line, £25 for internet, £35 for my mobile, £30 for wifes mobile....That's £1260 per year on communications and that's not above the norm. They now want me to take out another data contract meaning probably a further £420 per year or £840 if my wife wants one as well since samsung think everyone is going to want one? UK networks will still probably block tethering as well so you need to buy a separate data plan again if you need to use you laptop on the move. Thank god I don't have any kids wanting mobile devices.





It's ludicrous, it is time to get rid of subsidised devices and tarrifs and turn data networks into just that, data networks. We need clear standard pricing for voice and data with a line rental which covers as many devices as your household uses.

Andy0d2

September 16, 2010, 5:02 pm

Thats insane - what planet are they sitting on. If I was them I would at least make the price the same as the ipad and sell it at a loss hoping that it will strengthen the brand. They just had to screw something up but I wasn't expecting the price to be the thing they mess up. Thats as much as my hp tm2. You could get an iphone 4 on tesco for £589 with a 12 month contract included int that price. You could almost get an ipad and ipod touch for that price. You've got to really have a thing for flash websites to go for this thing.

ChaosDefinesOrder

September 16, 2010, 5:14 pm

Expansys had them on pre-order for the same amount at couple of weeks ago, pretty much as soon as Sammy announced it for definite!

Enarca

September 16, 2010, 5:27 pm

This is absolutely ridiculous. Ipad definitely > Galaxy S now. The one thing Samsung always get right, how could they get it so wrong?

Tim Sutton

September 16, 2010, 6:24 pm

Just insane.





I'm hugely disappointed. I have no intention of taking out yet another mobile contract in any case, but I was planning on buying one of these to use as a big screen portable media player.. but at that price? No chance.





Maybe Archos is going to get more of my cash after all. Gulp.

ChaosDefinesOrder

September 16, 2010, 6:48 pm

The problem with the Galaxy Tab is that it is essentially a Galaxy S with a larger, slightly higher resolution display, pretty much the entirety of the rest of the hardware is identical. This means that they essentially have to price it as something more than the Galaxy S, which then pegs a minimum price for the Galaxy Tab. (This is paraphrasing a statement from Samsung themselves)





now, what this ultimately shows is that the hardware here *should* be released for the ~£300-£400 price mark to compared to similar devices on the market (Netbooks are similarly specced for performance and the iPad is "superior" if looking at screen size only etc) but that would be undercutting the price of the Galaxy S. This just shows that they're overpricing the Galaxy S SIM free.





By extension, this shows how much all the smartphone handset manufacturers are essentially over-pricing their products, because if the Galaxy S is overpriced, then (by induction) the other handsets must be if they use similar technology and screen sizes. The only price differentiator for the Galaxy S is the S-AMOLED screen, which is one of the most expensive part of the device due to manufacturing costs... and the Galaxy Tab has S-TFT instead so it doesn't apply!





I think it was Engadget that had a statement from 3 UK saying that they were going to be releasing the Galaxy Tab for £7.50 per month for a 1GB data only tariff, but the price for the Tab itself was not released yet. There are no details that I could find on the 3 website though, not even a "coming soon"

BOFH UK

September 16, 2010, 7:00 pm

Well at least we know the route Samsung are going down here... this is a 7" phone, not a tablet and they're going to damn well price it as such if you buy unlocked and off contract. I'm sure it'll be a lot more reasonable on contract but... how to put this... what kind of idiot would commit to an 18 month (or longer) data plan to get a device that you KNOW, without a shadow of a doubt, is going to be put to shame by future Android tablets in less than a years time and that has no guarantee of any future support or updates?

Luan Bach

September 16, 2010, 7:36 pm

Well, there's this rather nice Tegra 2 tablet we're testing here that is another option :-)


Samsung will be stuffed with that kind of pricing. The only 2 companies I can think of that can command a premium over other competitors are Apple and Sony.





Maybe they don't want to sell that many ?

Rigsby

September 16, 2010, 7:37 pm

Errm, this pricing is way off the mark, not sure where Amazon got it from. Not saying the device isn't expensive, but trust me it isn't going to be this expensive.

Chris

September 16, 2010, 8:08 pm

I'm with Rigsby, Samsung know full well they're up against the iPad here and at this price it isn't competitive. I'll take these prices with a pinch of salt.

Disgrace

September 16, 2010, 8:33 pm

Hilarious. Just hilarious.





Is there really enough demand in the market for a niche product war? I genuinely cannot get my head around these tablets: a total compromise of phone portability and laptop functionality. This could be among the most pointless technology races since Blu-ray vs. HDD because nobody was buying either. Years later, still nobody is buying Blu-ray.








And an 18-month mobile contract? On a first-generation product? That's simply insulting the intelligence of the consumer.

speedyg2012

September 16, 2010, 9:07 pm

Once again, Samsung's lack of clarification over a major importance such as a price (something we all thought they'll get right...) is deafening.





They've already stumbled into the first hurdle of the 'Tablet Wars'.

Jay4d0

September 16, 2010, 9:45 pm

this is way too expensive BUT I agree fully with Rigsby it is a common known fact that amazon/play.com/ect. all just put any price down as they just want a page about the product, and the price they quote is always more expensive because it covers themselves because no-one would complain if a price goes down but lots would if it goes up, (remember how they sometimes have £50 gadgets on for £999)

Sleeper

September 17, 2010, 1:50 am

Silly price is silly. If that's what they want for it then they need a slap.

GoldenGuy

September 18, 2010, 5:54 am

@Sleeper


Haha! Simple, effective and Ritchiesque.





But seriously, this is just nuts. They're gonna kill the chances to compete in this exciting new space stone dead, before they're even out the gates! The iPad's 16 gig capacity is stingy but they're beginning to make that entry price of £429 look a steal. Printer support? Added in November - done. Limited codec support? Handbrake - done. And if you want more flexibility like output-to-monitor, jailbreaking has never been easier. I mean what's the point of an iPad with all these extra features, when it's only because it's double the price? Anyone including Apple could do that if they really wanted, and a lot more stylishly too. This combined with Dell's new non-tablet (long story short - it's a laptop) makes me think all these companies still don't get it. If this is genuinely your RRP, you were closer with the netbooks!

Sleeper

September 18, 2010, 5:34 pm

@GoldenGuy





Blag hungry slags the lot of 'em!





Actually I just checked Play.com - they're offering it at £599 which is better but still a good £70 more expensive than the comparative iPad. If they drop it to £499 then I think it's a goer.

GoldenGuy

September 18, 2010, 9:28 pm

@Sleeper





That's only the 16GB entry model. If the iPad ends up about 700 quid, look how high these could go.





Sleeper do them muppets a favour - take the boys, get the blades out, give 'em a little slap, alright?

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