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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v Hits Australia Mid-April, Available Outright

We already knew that the Honeycomb-running 10.1 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet was a Vodafone exclusive. Now we have a firmer Australian release timeframe (mid-April) and one potential bit of good news for users who don’t want to be locked to a Vodafone contract: the device will be available outright for $729.That $729 deal includes 6GB of data with a 3-month expiry. If you’d prefer a contract, there’s a $259 upfront payment, then $39 a month over 12 months, with 1.5GB of data included each month. (Total cost there is $727 — just under the outright price.) Nick at Gizmodo has also confirmed that the 10.1v tablet will not be network-locked.

Samsung has also announced two other Galaxy Tab models today — a lower-powered 10.1-inch model and an 8.9-inch device — but neither will appear until Q3. We’ve got our hands on a test unit, so we’ll share our experience with it later in the week.