PC World and Currys have pulled the Toshiba Folio 100 from their stores, barely two weeks after they started selling to device.
The 10in tablet was touted as a competitor to the iPad, even undercutting Apple's device by £100. However, the Folio has now made the headlines for all the wrong reasons - effectively being the first high-profile tablet to be recalled.
"We can confirm that we have taken the Toshiba Folio off sale temporarily as we have had a high level of returns and we do not want to give our customers a bad experience of what is actually a very good product," said Anina Castle, head of consumer press relations at DSGi.
"We are working with Toshiba to identify what the issue is and hope to have a resolution very soon," she added.
V3.co.uk also managed to get a statement from Toshiba regarding the apparent mishap.
"Toshiba UK is aware of reports regarding customer returns of Folio 100, and is currently working with Dixons Retail to provide a solution. An update on availability will be provided in due course," the firm noted.
Even if the problem is ironed out quickly, Toshiba is going to face an uphill battle to recover from this embarrassing episode. The firm's hopes of becoming a major player in the tablet market are hanging by a thread, and users may end up avoiding the device when it goes on sale again.
V3.co.uk had a chance to get hands on with the Folio 100 at a low-key launch event. The device did seem a little buggy when we used it briefly to browse the internet and access apps, but at the time we put this down to it being a pre-production model.
It appears that Toshiba was a little premature in bringing the tablet to market, as customer reaction has proved.
The Folio 100 was sold exclusively by the Dixons Group for three weeks and as this deal has yet to expire, the device is not available to buy anywhere else at present. However, this is probably a good thing, for now.
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