Samsung Galaxy Tab launching with built-in navigation

Samsung's iPad tablet rival, the Galaxy Tab, will come preloaded with Navigon's GPS application

Samsung's Galaxy Tab is aiming to challenge the Apple iPad in the tablet market.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab is aiming to challenge the Apple iPad in the tablet market.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab, a 7in Android tablet that will compete with Apple's iPad, will launch in Australia next week and will come preloaded with full turn-by-turn navigation capabilities.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab vs Apple iPad tablet showdown.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available for purchase in Australia from 8 November. It will be sold outright ($999) as well as through all major Australian mobile carriers. Carrier pricing has yet to be announced.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab has smartphone capabilities, making it a hybrid device that sits somewhere between a largish touchscreen smartphone like Samsung's Galaxy S and the iPad.

The Galaxy Tab will ship with a Navigon GPS application that will provide full turn-by-turn navigation with voice guidance, as well as both drive and walk modes. The Navigon app will be free to use, though extra features such as lane assistance and safety warnings ($12.95), live traffic ($19.95) and additional voices ($9.95) need be purchased through three separate add-on packs.

Australian models of the Samsung Galaxy Tab will also come with a free two month trial of The Australian news application, and the EA game Need For Speed Shift.

"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," said Tyler McGee, vice-president of telecommunications at Samsung Australia.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the second Android tablet to officially launch in Australia, following the Dell Streak, which is currently exclusive to Optus.

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