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We already let you know in a previous post that the Galaxy Tab would be hitting shelves on November 8th, but now it’s official with Samsung sending out the all important press release. Within the release Samsung confirms the incredible and over-the-top $999 price tag, that is of course without Carrier subsidies, and the inclusion The Australian, NAVIGON and Need For Speed SHIFT, which will no doubt be a bit of a hit amongst gamers. From the looks of these 3 pre-installed apps, Samsung is certainly trying to cover all bases. But is it enough to entice you?

We’re hoping to hear more information from all the major Telcos as to what their pricing will be. Press release after the break.

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[1], a two month trial of The Australian news application[2] and Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed™ SHIFT game[3]. 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[4].

“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[5]. 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.

Source: Gizmodo Australia.
Companies: Optus, Samsung, Telstra, and Vodafone
Devices: Galaxy Tab