On the market for a 4G tablet? Verizon today announced that they will be taking pre-orders for the LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab 10.1 on June 8th.
This is for those who have wanted a tablet that isn't the iPad. The screen is much larger than last year's tablet offering by Samsung, making it much more useful for browsing and reading. It seems that manufacturers are starting to get where they need to be when if comes to iPad competitors, and a 4G tablet may be one of the first major advantages a tablet has against an iPad 2 right now. It's not clear this early whether Apple will jump on 4G with the iPad 3, but given that the networks will be more readily available and that by next year 3G will make them seem slow, they probably have to. Another reason competition can be a good thing when it comes to these tablet makers.
Here's a quick spec rundown taken direct from Samsung's website:
– Verizon 4G LTE Network
– Brilliant 10.1-inch HD display
– Dual-core 1Ghz Processor
– Adobe Flash 10.2 Compatible
– Android Honeycomb Platform
Samsung says they will have two models available: 16GB at $529.99 and a 32GB at $629.99. Both are priced with two-year contracts. Bummer on that part.
Hit the jump for the press release.
Verizon Wireless Adds 4G LTE-Enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab‚Äö√ë¬¢ 10.1 to Portfolio
4G LTE-Enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab‚Äö√ë¬¢ 10.1, Exclusive from Verizon Wireless, Measures Only 8.6 Millimeters Thin
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and DALLAS, June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), today announced the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab‚Äö√ë¬¢ 10.1 will be available on the fastest, most advanced network in coming weeks. The slim and sleek Galaxy Tab 10.1 debuts with Android‚Äö√ë¬¢ Honeycomb and will be available in either Metallica Gray or Glossy White. Customers will be able to pre-order the device online on June 8 at www.verizonwireless.com/galaxytab4glte. When the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 hits Verizon Wireless stores this summer, it will be accompanied by an array of optional accessories such as a full-sized keyboard dock and a multi-media docking station.
"The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great option for customers who want to enjoy the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network ‚Äö√Ñ√¨ the fastest network in America," said Jeff Dietel, vice president of marketing for Verizon Wireless. "Customers can also use the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 wherever they are on the nation's largest 3G network."
Dietel added, "The tablet market is exploding as customers are discovering new uses for the technology that features a large screen, powerful processing speeds and access to Android Market‚Äö√ë¬¢'s 200,000 applications. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is perfect for customers who want to take advantage of Google‚Äö√ë¬¢'s new movie rental option and view their favorite film on-the-go."
"Samsung Mobile is excited to expand its mobile tablet portfolio with Verizon Wireless to include the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1," said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. "The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the thinnest and lightest tablet in the world that delivers a truly mobile multimedia experience on an Android Honeycomb platform."
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 offers full support for Google‚Äö√ë¬¢ Mobile Services, including Gmail‚Äö√ë¬¢, YouTube‚Äö√ë¬¢ and more. Customers will relish the 10.1-inch enhanced display with a 1280×800 resolution HD screen, 1 GHz dual core application processor, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. Both consumers and business customers will find a multitude of uses for the Galaxy Tab that range from video chat to business tools, including those that allow for the opening and editing of documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 features Adobe¬¨√Ü Flash¬¨√Ü Player to deliver an enhanced Internet browsing experience and access to content-rich Websites.
Verizon Wireless will offer two 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 models both priced with two year customer agreements: $529.99 for the 16GB model and $629.99 for the 32GB model. For more information on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, go to: www.verizonwireless.com/galaxytab4glte.