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Samsung: ‘No Plans’ to Launch Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Note in the U.S.

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The Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Note are two devices that are generating quite a bit of buzz here at IFA 2011 in Berlin. There’s a lot to like about these devices, but unfortunately you might not be able to buy one stateside. According to Samsung, there are currently no plans to ship either of the devices in the U.S.

After gawking at the Galaxy Tab 7.7′s beautiful Super AMOLED Plus display and the Galaxy Note’s high-resolution AMOLED display, I asked a Samsung spokesperson when I could buy one.  She told me that there were no plans to sell it in the U.S. The press event was crowded and noisy and it wasn’t clear to me which one she was talking about. I was tired after a long day at the conference and I probably wasn’t clear about which one I wanted. For the record, I’d like to buy both to play with.

When I was back in my hotel room I sent the Samsung rep a text message asking for clarification:

Me:  ”You Mentioned that there’s no plans to launch the new tablet in the U.S. at Showstoppers.Can you please clarify if u   were referring to the Note or the 7.7?”

Her: “Both.”

That certainly wasn’t the answer I was looking for. It’s no secret that gadget makers will only sell devices where they think they can sell them, but I’m still disappointed. As a photographer I think the Galaxy Tab 7.7 would be a fantastic way to show off my work on the go.

Hopefully Samsung can find at least one U.S. wireless partner to sell the device. Americans are used to paying very little for wireless devices thanks to carrier subsidies. Perhaps the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is just too expensive to be competitive in the U.S. market as Samsung hasn’t yet announced pricing.

There is of course a chance that Samsung is playing coy and already has a partnership announcement lined up down the road.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7′s slim design and gorgeous display  put it at the top of my shopping list. Now I just need to know who’s going to take my money for it. Will it be a U.S. retailer or am I going to have to procure one from overseas?

Xavier Lanier is the publisher of Gotta Be Mobile and a photographer. He uses too many devices to count, but his current favorites are the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nikon D800 and Sony RX 100M II. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.

29 Comments

  1. slbailey2

    09/02/2011 at 3:19 am

    Then that only leaves the Amazon 7″ tablet to look at to buy!

  2. Anonymous

    09/02/2011 at 3:24 am

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Stupid Samsung! AAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Howcanacompanyfilledwithsomanysmartpeoplebesodamnstupid?!?!?

  3. slbailey2

    09/02/2011 at 3:38 am

    Samsung may be thinking that the tablet will not sell at its price point after the HP TouchPad fire sale and the Amazon 7″ tablet going on sale at a lost.

  4. Steve

    09/02/2011 at 9:20 am

    I really like SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab 7.7
    It’s a PERFECT 7″ tablet.

  5. Siraj Bose

    09/02/2011 at 11:52 am

    They don’t want Apple to again say ….oooh – that’s copies from my XXXXX patent !

  6. Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm

    09/02/2011 at 12:48 pm

    Perhaps you can ask Samsung when these devices will be available for purchase ANYWHERE. There is always the option of buying it overseas, or through resellers.

    • Xavier Lanier

      09/02/2011 at 1:00 pm

      There will be an International version ready for the holiday season. We will probably get one of each somehow, but it sure would be nice to be able to buy them the old fashioned way. 

  7. Rachid

    09/02/2011 at 2:00 pm

    Too loud to hear which she meant, but not too loud to ask her for her phone
    number? You dog.

  8. Rachid

    09/02/2011 at 2:00 pm

    Too loud to hear which she meant, but not too loud to ask her for her phone
    number? You dog.

  9. Brad Linder

    09/02/2011 at 2:46 pm

    “No plans” is public relations-speak for “we haven’t made any announcements yet.” I just checked in with Samsung PR and received confirmation that while there are no announcements the company also hasn’t ruled out the possibility of releasing either device in the States. 

    • Xavier Lanier

      09/02/2011 at 3:59 pm

      I hear you on PR speak. Apparently there are solid plans to roll out the device for the holiday season in Europe, but nothing on the U.S. side. Maybe they’re still working on a deal with a carrier or are just waiting to announce it. 
      One thing that’s interesting to note is that the demo units had stickers stating the design is subject to change. Maybe we’ll get something just a little different in the U.S. – or maybe we’ll just have to be patient. 

      • Brad Linder

        09/02/2011 at 4:02 pm

        Yeah, Samsung has certainly been known to launch products in other countries and not the US. I’ve seen notebooks that only showed up in Europe, and the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi portable media players running Android have been shipping for months in some regions, but not the US.

        But in this case, I have two different people at Samsung telling me they haven’t actually ruled out a US launch yet… they just haven’t made any announcements yet. 

  10. Anonymous

    09/02/2011 at 6:17 pm

    I understand Toshiba is about to release a really nice thin, fast Thrive.
    real-privacy.edu.tc

  11. Eludium Q36

    09/02/2011 at 7:45 pm

    I could pass on the Tab 7.7, but the 5.3-in Note is very intriguing to me and it’s got no competition in the US so I’m not sure what business sense it makes not to sell here. In any case, it’ll likely wouldn’t be available till Q1 2012 for Eurasia and Q2 for the US, so it’s WAY far off in calendar space.

  12. Anonymous

    09/03/2011 at 3:02 pm

    US people love their Apple so much..Samsung didnt bother to launch their device over there..might as well concentrate selling to the rest of the world where people appreciate them more

    • Ironic_karma

      09/07/2011 at 12:10 am

      I have an iPhone 3GS and would give up apple to have the Galaxy Note on AT&T. I want thy phone and want it now.

    • Ironic_karma

      09/07/2011 at 12:10 am

      I have an iPhone 3GS and would give up apple to have the Galaxy Note on AT&T. I want thy phone and want it now.

  13. Tmkane

    09/07/2011 at 11:32 pm

    I’m into the concept of total digital convergence. That means one device doing all things.  I want it to fit in my pocket, make phone calls, surf the net, watch video and be effective as a reader.

    The last two means the screen has to be as big as possible and still fit in my front pants pocket.  The 5.3 inch screen is attractive, because that makes it about paper back book size, which is the minimum I want for a reader.  In areas of the globe where people use public transport, like subways, this is the ideal device. Perhaps that’s why they aren’t selling it in the U.S out side New York, DC, Chicago, San Fran, Boston – not enough people use public transit. 

  14. Anonymous

    09/11/2011 at 6:01 am

    I love the idea of the iPad, but when I hold either version, it is too big and clunky. I tried out the Galaxy Tab at BB and found the 7″ tablet to be the perfect size. The Tab 7.7 being so thin and even lighter must be awesome. I only wish it would do at least 720p HD video. Not sure what the video is on the 7.7. I would definitely buy the Tab 7.7 with HD video.

  15. ibobxtraz

    09/13/2011 at 3:46 am

    Oh, I want one too… No plans in the States. What about Canada? We’re sort of International… (sort of!).
    After reading all the reviews and looking at all the pictures, I like the 7.7. I don’t want an iPad. If I buy an iPad, I won’t use my iPhone.

  16. Claudine

    09/30/2011 at 3:43 am

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is out. Check it out. It’s as thin as the 7.7 version but only at 7″. I still want the 7.7 though.

  17. Paul Allen

    10/08/2011 at 5:46 pm

    Looks like its the Toshiba Thrive 7″ then for those that want WiFi only. Looks like a nice Tablet as well.

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