Samsung entered the tablet market this week but biting product shortages due to massive demand have dampened the launch, according to partners.
The Android-based Galaxy Tab arrived in the UK on Monday at Carphone Warehouse but distributors Brightstar, Micro P and Data Select are also tapping up the major and independent retailers, etailers, IT resellers and telco channels.
"The market is screaming out for this gadget but we couldn't place enough orders to cover the demand," said one frustrated source close to Samsung.
Others reckoned that shipments were arriving in the hundreds rather than the thousands and hoped the situation would be rectified before Christmas.
In a statement sent to MicroScope, Simon Stanford, managing director for the UK and Ireland at Samsung Mobile, said: "Having launched the Galaxy Tab on Monday, we have been overwhelmed by the level of response from customers."
"It has been a much anticipated product and our retailers/distributors are doing as much as they can to fulfil stock orders and satisfy the high customer demand," he added.
However, Samsung did not respond to questions on the level of product shortages versus demand, or when availability will improve.
Analyst Gartner forecasts that 19.5 million tablets will be sold worldwide by year-end and as many as 55 million devices could be shipped in 2011.
The market gazers at Forrester also reckon that the tablet platform - pioneered in 2001 by Intel and its OEMs - will displace laptops and has a role to play in B2B scenarios including retail, field sales firms and pharmaceuticals.