Galaxy Tab 730, 750 Make It To India: Will iPad2 Finally Face Real Competition?

Samsung’s upgraded version of the original Galaxy Tab, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was launched internationally a while ago. Featuring Android’s tablet specific Honeycomb Operating System amongst other upgrades, it has received a lot of positive reviews all around the world. Indian readers will be excited to know that it has finally launched in India.

Consumers all over the world are adopting easy to use and powerful smart mobile devices. India presents some of the best growth opportunities for smartphones and tablets, which is why it is one of the first few markets where we are launching these new, revolutionary tablets,” said Ms. Y.H. Lee, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics.

In a huge event complemented with a one-of-a-kind blogger campaign in association  with IndiBlogger, Samsung launched two tablets yesterday, Galaxy Tab 730 and the Galaxy Tab 750. These devices are not to be confused as new, but are simply the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the Galaxy Tab 10 renamed for the Indian market.

Both the devices will be available in the Wifi+3G Variant,  but so far, no news of a only WiFi only model making its way to India. The devices run on Android 3.1 Honeycomb and have the much acclaimed TouchWiz interface installed.

Specs are as follows: Galaxy Tab 730

  • Lightweight 0.4 kgs
  • 3G HSPA Network with speeds upto 21 Mbps
  • Bluetooth 3.0 and Wifi-n
  • NVIDIA’s Dual Core 1Ghz Tegra 2 Processor
  • 7000mAh battery with upto 9 hours of video play on a single charge
  • 16 GB Internal Memory
  • 3MP Rear Camera and 2MP Front Camera for Video Calling
Galaxy Tab 750
  • 0.5 kg weight
  • 3G HSPA Network with speeds upto 21 Mbps
  • Bluetooth 3.0 and Wifi-n
  • NVIDIA’s Dual Core 1Ghz Tegra 2 Processor
  • 7000mAh battery with upto 9 hours of video play on a single charge
  • 16 GB Internal Memory
  • 3MP Rear Camera and 2MP Front Camera for Video Calling

Both devices also come with Samsung’s Entertainment Hub, Readers Hub and Social Hub for access to newspapers, magazines and books from around the world. This includes 17 Indian magazines, 17 Indian Newspapers and over 30,000 books in local languages.

The devices are priced on the higher side, at  Rs. 33,900 for the Galaxy Tab 730 and Rs.  36,200 for the Galaxy Tab 750. The competitive pricing  makes it just slightly cheaper than their main competition, the iPad2. The WiFi+3G iPad 2 retails for Rs. 36,900. But since iPad has it limitations, users who prefer tweaking and customizing their tab, these tablets might come as a better alternative. The launch of this device is specially significant, considering the fact that they are engaged in a bitter lawsuit with Apple, and the sale of the device has been halted in Europe because of it.

Only time will tell whether Samsung will capture the Tablet market the same way their Smartphones have captured the Mobile Phone market. What do you think? Has the iPad finally met its match?

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