updated 10:25 am EDT, Fri September 2, 2011
Samsung may be spooked by Apple on Tab 7.7
Samsung might opt out of selling both the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Galaxy Note in the US, a spokeswoman claimed at IFA. The company reportedly has "no plans" to sell either in the US. She wouldn't speculate to GottaBeMobile as to the reasons why.
A possibility exists that it may just be holding off on committing to any US plans and risking an Osborne Effect, where customers stop buying what's currently in stores in anticipation of a new model. Samsung most likely wants to steer Americans to the new US-spec Galaxy S II and the existing Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The company might, however, have alternative factors. On a basic level, it might not see large markets for smaller tablet-class hardware. The seven-inch BlackBerry PlayBook hasn't sold well, and the five-inch Dell Streak has a smaller still piece of the US and bodes ill for the Galaxy Note. Samsung only had modest results for the original seven-inch Galaxy Tab in the US, in part because it assumed it could sell the Tab on a 3G contract when few in the US like that model for tablets.
Samsung could similarly be loathe to commit to shipping new hardware to the US given its legal trouble. Apple may get a ban on Samsung in October and, if the Tab 7.7 or Note were to ship in advance, might ask to have the ban extended to the new hardware.