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Samsung’s Content Plans For Next Gen Tabs In India: Indic Books, Apalya’s Mobile TV, Music, Movies

Consumer electronics company Samsung has launched its next generation Galaxy Tab tablet devices, Tab 750 and 730 in the Indian market.

The tablets, according to a Samsung executive we spoke to at the launch in Delhi yesterday, are preloaded with a My Reader app (Nikhil adds: not there in the Samsung Galaxy S2) thatoffers access to 17 Indian newspapers, 17 Indian magazines and 30,000 Indian language books.

He didn’t specify which newspapers and magazines, and when we tried the tablet, it hardly had any pre-installed applications; they will be available through the Samsung Apps store.

The executive also said that it will have a Mobile TV app in association with Apalya, which offers 55 Indian TV channels. On Indic language support, the company said that it plans to offer a better integration in the coming months. It is also in talks with content aggregators to offer close to 1,00,000 Indian music, movies and videos, via an online store, to users of these tablet devices.

Apps For Rajya Sabha?

The company showcased various applications for different sectors, including a sales management app, a web based app for MPs of the Rajya Sabha (the upper house of the Indian Parliament) and a clinic management app for doctors. The Tab is one of the devices, which Rajya Sabha members can opt for and get a reimbursement under a computer equipment provisioning scheme, to promote paper-less documentation in the Parliament.

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While the 750 is a 10.1 inch device, the 730 has a screen size of 8.9 inches. Both are based on Android’s tablet optimized Honeycomb (Android 3.1) OS, and sport a 1Ghz nVidia Tegra dual core processor, front and back cameras, 16GB internal memory, and 1080p HD playback.

The Tab 750 is priced at Rs. 36,200, while the Tab 730 costs Rs. 33,990. Samsung is also offering a discounted data plan with Vodafone, in which consumers can pay an advance rental of Rs. 3,000 and get 2GB of data every month.

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