Apple will officially launch the iPad tablet in India on January 28th according to Radhika Sharma of The Economic Times.

The first-generation iPad hit the U.S. retail stores in April 2010 (read hands-on review) and the India launch happens almost an year later, at a time when Apple is widely expected to release iPad 2 in Western markets.

The good news is that, unlike the iPhone, Apple isn’t planning to charge a very high premium on the iPad from Indian customers. (Update: See table for actual price). The price of the Wi-Fi only models will vary from INR 26k to INR 37k, depending on the storage capacity, while the 3G and Wi-Fi models will cost between INR 33k and INR 44k.

The only decent alternative to iPad is the Samsung Galaxy Tab which, though a bit over-priced and not as polished as the iPad, is still doing quite well in India.

Where to buy? You can buy the iPad from your nearest Croma Store, iMagine, Reliance Digital iStore, eZone, Staples, Vijay Sales or any of the Apple Shops.

Apple iPad Price in India

Update: Here’s the ‘official’ price of iPad in India according to the Apple online store:

  16 GB 32 GB 64 GB
iPad with Wi-Fi Rs. 27,900 Rs. 32,900 Rs. 37,900
iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G Rs. 34,900 Rs. 39,900 Rs. 44,900