September 23, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
There have been several reports of the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab’s off-contract price tag, and it looks like it’s going to be a strikingly expensive device. In the UK, the Galaxy Tab will cost around £600 ($940) unlocked at launch, and the expected price in Europe is generally between €699 ($930) and €799 ($1,070). The Galaxy Tab will make a particularly large hole in the wallets of Android tablet starving Swedes, as the suggested retail price over there is a whopping SEK 9000 ($1300).
Now Samsung’s tablet has gotten an official price tag and release date in Australia: AUD $999, and it will arrive at the country’s three largest carriers in November according to local media organizations. A Samsung VP commented on the surprisingly expensive unit: “we believe this is a fair price.”
Samsung expects to sell 10 million Galaxy Tabs in 2011, and a product executive at the company called Hankil Yoon said in a recent Wall Street Journal interview that the tablet is meant to be sold on contracts via carriers, and not directly to consumers. That makes sense, because Samsung surely can’t expect to sell such large quantities of the Galaxy Tab unlocked with price tags like these?