Just 20,000 Galaxy Tabs Shipped Actually Sold?

A Lenovo director is claiming that only 20,000 of the 1,000,000 Galaxy Tabs shipped actually sold. If that’s the case, Samsung is likely beyond disappointed with how its original 7″ Android tablet fared against the iPad and other alternatives.

The Guardian is quoting Lenovo’s Andrew Borrow as saying that any manufacturer trying to undercut the iPad, which starts at $499, would be “giving money away.” In other words, he’s saying that the Galaxy Tab would have been a loss-leader even if Samsung sold every unit it shipped.

Samsung hasn’t released official sales number for the original Galaxy Tab, but it has stated that it’s shipped a million of them. The number of gadgets a manufacturer ships is the number of units shipped to wireless carriers, Best Buy, Amazon and other retailers. If gadgets don’t sell, retailers generally have the option of returning them to sender.

Of course the only people that know exactly how many Galaxy Tabs made it into consumers’ hands are Samsung employees. Lenovo and every other gadget maker pay market analysts  to estimate the competition’s sales figures. Lenovo recently launched its own line of Android Tablets, including the 7″ IdeaPad A1 and 10″ IdeaPad K1, which we reviewed.

By comparison, Apple’s sold more than 30 million iPads and is the undisputed leader in the tablet space. Of course Apple got off to a solid head start and Android tablets are just starting to sprout their wings since the introduction of Honeycomb, Google’s tablet-specific version of Android. The next year or so will be very interesting as companies like Samsung are shipping more refined devices, such as the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

However, overshooting production by such a large margin with the original Galaxy Tab could make Samsung execs nervous. In fact, Samsung has ‘no plans’ to introduce the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in the U.S. We’re guessing that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will indeed find a way into the U.S., but Samsung will probably be a little more cautious about stuffing U.S. retailers’ warehouses with boxes before there’s a clear indication of how well it will sell and what kind of devices Apple will ship iOS5 on.