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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v price matched with iPad 2

Samsung has announced that the upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be the same outright price as a comparatively featured iPad 2.

Samsung and Vodafone today announced pricing for the upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1v, revealing it will be AU$729 for a 16GB tablet with Wi-Fi and 3G — the same price as a comparatively specced iPad 2.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1v will be a Vodafone exclusive. (Credit: Samsung)

The new 10-inch tablet will be available exclusively through Vodafone from mid-April. Customers can choose between two pricing plans: the aforementioned AU$729 outright-purchased bundled with 3GB of data to be used in the first three-months; or an upfront payment of AU$259 on a AU$39 per month contract for 12 months with 1.5GB of data each month.

Sporting the new Android 3.0 or Honeycomb operating system, the updated Galaxy Tab should be the first device in Australia to use the new Google system, and the first mobile device to use Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2 processor — unless competing products from Motorola and LG arrive first.

Apple also announced Australian pricing of the iPad 2 today, with the cost of the new devices ranging from AU$949 for a 64GB 3G and Wi-Fi model, right down to AU$579 for a 16GB Wi-Fi-only tablet computer. The iPad 2 will be available from 5pm on March 25.

Samsung also announced two new Galaxy Tab-branded tablets today at the CTIA conference in Orlando, Florida; an 8.9-inch tablet and an updated 10.1 variant. Both tablets will feature a Samsung-designed TouchWiz overlay on the Honeycomb OS, and will measure 8.6mm in thickness, 0.2mm less than Apple's iPad update. Both the 8.9 and updated 10.1 Galaxy Tab variants will be available in Q3 2011.