updated 06:20 pm EDT, Thu August 18, 2011
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, TV promo raises concern
Best Buy started up an unusually aggressive promo with Samsung that hinted at possible soft sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Anyone who buys a 46-inch or 55-inch, LED-lit 3D TV worth $1,500 or $2,000 gets a free, 16GB Wi-Fi version of the Android tablet. The deal gives viewers a device worth at least a quarter and up to a third of the price of the TV.
The promo starts August 21 and runs through August 27.
The deal isn't as drastic as the HP TouchPad price drop that lasted a week before HP axed the hardware. It nonetheless is unusual for a product to be given away, even in a bundle, just a few weeks into its sales run.
A possibility is that the discounting comes primarily attached to the TVs, which are a few months into their lifecycles. It would indirectly support concerns, though, that even Samsung was affected by problems with sales falling noticeably below shipments. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been one of the best received Android tablets from a critical perspective, but Samsung has been unusually silent on sell-through numbers.