Samsung slashes Galaxy Tab prices

Apple Online Store“Slashing prices by up to £200, Samsung is making its Galaxy Tab available for less than £500 two weeks after its UK launch,” Rob Coppinger reports for The Inquirer.

“Popping up on websites here, there and everywhere with prices between £600 and £700 a few weeks ago, the Galaxy Tab has seen Amazon and Dixons cut their prices for a standalone 16GB model to £469 with free delivery,” Coppinger reports.

Coppinger reports, “Samsung has yet to release official sales figures for the tablet, but has previously said that it expects to ship a million units by the end of 2010. But with the public relations disaster that is the Toshiba Folio 100, the question that comes to mind is, are the tablets really going to be the runaway sales successes that everyone was expecting?”

MacDailyNews Take: Depend on the tablet, Rob. Depends on the tablet.
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MacDailyNews Take: The iPad incorporates everything we’ve learned about building high value products from iPhone, iPods, and Macs. We create our own A4 chip, our own software, our own battery chemistry, our own enclosure, our own everything. And this results in an incredible product at a great price… We think the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA. Dead On Arrival. Their manufacturers will learn the painful lesson that their tablets are too small and increase the size next year, thereby abandoning both customers and developers who jumped on the 7-inch bandwagon with an orphaned product.”

Sounds like lots of fun ahead.Apple CEO Steve Jobs, October 18, 2010

And so the fun begins.

24 Comments

  1. Is it possible that we are at the beginning of an era of ‘value conscious’ technology consumer?
    And not ‘price conscious’ mentality of the 90s and 00s.

    We can only hope, cause the success of iPods, iPhones, iPads and the resurgence of Macs is very good indicator.

  2. @dpr1961

    iPad sales aren’t slowing at all and enterprise is buying them thousands at a time…

    I bought the 3G/Wi-fi iPad, and in time I will own the 2nd-gen when it hits the market.

    In the mean time, all you can do is talk about it.

    In a few days we’ll all be immersed in OS 42 and all of its goodness, so I’m content to wait. WTF, it’s only money.

  3. I’m really, really hoping that we’re coming to the end of the era of “price-conscious”, commodity-driven consumerism based on exploiting Asian labor. Companies like Samsung and LG, with their barracks-like corporate villages of 1000s of workers, need to radically rethink the way they do things, and hopefully American consumers will be more critical about naively lapping up whatever useless trinkets these companies throw at them.

    If this happens we’ll have Apple to–in large part–thank for it.

  4. Wow a price cut already.  The other tablet producers must be going crazy.  Even the Apple haters must not be running to these.  This will cut into the netbook market now that they are in a race to bottom price strategy.  

  5. iPad sales overseas is going strong!!! Look at Japan, Korea and even the Philippines buying up at higher prices than in the USA!
    The 1st quarterly report in January will show that international sales will still be over 50% of total revenue.

  6. Actually what Apple should do is lower the price of the iPad version 1 to about 300 dollars after version 2 comes out. Hopefully that will seriously reduce most of the threat of cheapo knockoffs. (Although I think the current price is a fantastic bargain.)

    I don’t know if the cams and video chats will be that necessary in the business market. I know for my business needs I need the simplest version.

    However, for personal use I am waiting for v2 for gifts to my family.

  7. I personally like samsung, and even hyundai. It appears, asian companies start off ‘price conscious’ but gradually move away from it to sell premium products. Samsung and Hyundai both started as craptastic companies, but reinvested into upgrading themselves. This will be the main reason america can no longer compete. Asia can make incredibly cheapo products for cheapies, but way better products for discriminating consumers also – and they can pump them out quick too. It’s ironic that our country full of cheapo hicks – is what’s building up china so quickly.
    am I wrong?

  8. I’m waiting for Version 2 as well. I want that front facing camera. Thats the deal breaker for me and has been since Steve first announced the product. Everything else it already does. I have the iPhone 4 and its awesome, and a BIG version of that would be great.

    What makes me sad is that it prolly wont be out until April of 2011, 6 long months.

  9. @Renaldo: Really? Was your post just a little humorous sarcasm? I must assume so because Apple uses overseas Asian labor just as they all do. Apples products are not cheap trinkets to be sure, and they tend to be very well made, but my iPad clearly says “assembled in China” on the back of it. Last time I checked China was a part of Asia.

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