Samsung has just confirmed that their Galaxy Tab tablet will be hitting stores from November 8 for the huge RRP of $999. And in addition to the bundled Navigon navigation software, they're also throwing in a few other bonuses.
The Froyo powered tablet will be bundled with Need for Speed Shift from Electronic Arts, the Navigon software and a two month trial of the Australian newspaper app, although there's a little footnote on that last one that indicates that there will be some carrier restrictions on that last one.
We've contacted Samsung for clarification and will let you know when we find out more. UPDATE: Just heard this from Samsung:
Everyone who purchases a Samsung GALAXY Tab will have access to The Australian app for two months, regardless of which network they are on. It’s the terms of the offer that are carrier dependent, rather than the offer itself. There may, for example, be some additional offers from the carriers that supersede or enhance this two month trial. Expect to hear more information as and when the carriers release their plans in coming weeks.
There's still no word on subsidised pricing from the Telcos yet, but with the official launch less than a week away, expect to hear a lot more about that this week...
Samsung GALAXY Tab to Arrive in Australian Stores Early November
Exclusive app deals announced for Samsung’s first tablet device – the Samsung GALAXY Tab
SYDNEY, Australia – November 2, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Australia is today announcing the Samsung GALAXY Tab will be available for purchase in Australia from week commencing 8th November. Samsung’s first tablet device will feature an impressive portfolio of preloaded apps for customers from launch. With an RRP of $999, the Samsung GALAXY Tab will be available at retailers nationally, and through all major mobile carriers on a variety of cap plans.
To complement the Samsung GALAXY Tab’s portable seven inch display, Samsung is offering premium turn-by-turn navigation by NAVIGON , a two month trial of The Australian news applicationand Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed™ SHIFT game . Customers will also be able to enjoy international and Australian e-reading with 1,600 newspapers, 2,500 magazines and two million e-books available through Samsung Readers Hub .
“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% of them intend to use it for navigation and e-reading applications, 73% for consuming news and 74% for gaming . We believe the size of the Samsung GALAXY Tab will be key in satisfying these consumer needs.”
Premium turn-by-turn navigation by NAVIGON The Samsung GALAXY Tab will transform into a premium, turn-by-turn navigation device, courtesy of NAVIGON1. Using preloaded Australian and New Zealand maps from NAVTEQ, NAVIGON delivers 2D and 3D map views, turn-by-turn voice guidance, drive and walk modes and intelligent address search. In addition, the app features Reality View Pro for photo-realistic displays of directions and Google Local Search for the most up to date point of interest search results.
“Navigation is already one of the most popular and demanded functions for smartphones,” said Gerhard Mayr, Vice-President Worldwide Mobile Phones at NAVIGON. “With the new GALAXY Tab, Samsung takes mobile navigation to the next level, combining portable tablet display size and performing power with NAVIGON’s award winning and unique navigation software.”
Samsung genuine brand car kits for the Samsung GALAXY Tab will be sold separately and should be used for in-car navigation.
Instant access to breaking news with The Australian news application For customers seeking to stay constantly abreast of breaking news, Samsung GALAXY Tab provides them with an exclusive free two month introductory trial2 of The Australian news application. The app, which has been specifically designed for the Samsung GALAXY Tab, features The Australian’s local and global news and analysis, vibrant photography, page-by-page and sectional navigation and fully integrated advertising. Updated regularly through the day, the app allows readers to access The Australian content including News, Opinion, National Affairs, World News, Features, Business, Australian IT and Sport.
Dynamic gaming with EA’s Need For Speed SHIFT Customers who purchase a Samsung GALAXY Tab can download for free3 from Samsung Apps the full Need For Speed SHIFT game from Electronic Arts. An award winning racing game, Need For Speed SHIFT combines true driver simulations with real world physics to create an addictive gaming experience. When combined with the Samsung GALAXY Tab’s striking seven inch display, you’ll feel like you’re in the driver’s seat of a high-end performance car.
Samsung Readers Hub: Millions of e-reading materials in the palm of your hand Samsung Readers Hub, available on the Samsung GALAXY Tab, provides access to an ever increasing library of free and paid international and Australian e-reading content, comprising at present 1,600 newspapers in 47 languages, 2,500 global magazines in 25 languages and two million e-books4. The Samsung GALAXY Tab provides a unified and intuitive user experience powered by global e-reading service leaders, including NewspaperDirect, Zinio and Kobo. Easily held in the palm of your hand, and weighing only 385 grams, the Samsung GALAXY Tab provides the perfect avenue for your reading escape. -ENDS-