Samsung announces Galaxy Tab arrival and pricing

As of Monday next week the Galaxy Tab will be available for purchase through retailers nationally as well as through all major mobile carriers on a variety of cap plans.

The anticipated RRP of $999 has been confirmed today by Samsung, who also said the Tab will feature an “impressive portfolio of preloaded apps for customers from launch.”

“Samsung is committed to providing compelling Australian apps with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, so whether you’re a news junkie, gaming fanatic, keen traveller or avid reader, our tablet device offers a wealth of portable entertainment,” said Tyler McGee, vice president of telecommunications, Samsung Electronics Australia.

“Research shows that of Australians intending to purchase a tablet device, 64 per cent of them intend to use it for navigation and e-reading applications, 73 per cent for consuming news and 74 per cent for gaming. We believe the size of the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be key in satisfying these consumer needs.”

Yesterday Samsung announced its affiliation with Navigon by offering a free turn-by-turn navigation app. The Tab will also offer a two month trial of The Australian news app.

The Galaxy Tab represents a new category for Samsung and has been touted by some critics as a genuine contender to the iPad.

Key features include:
-Android 2.2 operating system
-1.0GHz processor and 512 RAM
-3 MP Camera with Auto-Focus and LED flash.
-1.3 MP front camera with video telephony.
-Expandable memory, 16 GB on board.
-Seven-hour movie play battery life.
-Readers Hub offering over 1,600 newspapers, 2,500 magazines and 2 million books.
-Google Mobile Services.
-Social Hub.

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