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Samsung last week launched its iPad competitor, Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch touchscreen, tablet in India, according to Times of India.

India is among the three countries in the world where Samsung is launching Galaxy Tab first. The device is powered by Android Froyo, the latest version of Google’s operating software for mobile devices, the report said.

Samsung said Galaxy Tab would be available in India from November 10 at a price of Rs 38,000 (NZD$1,104). Though the price puts it squarely against iPad, a research analyst said the fact that Apple is yet to launch its tablet formally in India could work out in favour of Samsung. Unlike iPad, which is a 10-inch tablet , Galaxy Tab has a smaller screen. But it supports making and receiving calls through a Bluetooth-enabled headset, something that iPad doesn’t allow.

There is a demand among users for device that allows for rich computing experience on move. This is the demand that Galaxy Tab seeks to satisfy, the report said.

Ranjit Yadav, director (mobile & IT) at Samsung India was quoted saying the demand for tablets is poised to grow as users start to experience the potential of this device.

Since Apple launched iPad early this year, small touchscreen computing devices have seen a huge growth and various hardware manufacturers are trying to cash in on the opportunity.

According to Research Mason, over 24 million tablets are expected to be sold in 2011 worldwide, amounting to over 100% growth in one year. For Galaxy Tab, Samsung said it has partnered with various telecom companies. – Source: Times of India

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