Availability of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was just announced this morning, and Verizon is not hesitating to get in on the action. We had already heard that Samsung was planning to release a version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G LTE connectivity this year. It seems like they are not wasting time though, since Big Red has just announced that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available through their network, with 4G LTE connectivity, this summer.
If you are already planning on having a data plan on your tablet, the prices are actually not too bad compared to the regular Galaxy Tab 10.1. Verizon’s version will cost $529 for the 16 GB version, and $629 for the 32 GB version. This would only be $30 dollars more than the non 4G LTE version, but you would be tied to a 2-year contract (which is not something many of us are comfortable with). More details on the full retail price should be available soon though, as this tablet will be available for pre-order on June 8th.
The specs are expected to be the same as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that was recently announced, with the main difference being that this version will have 4G LTE connectivity. There is something interesting about Verizon’s image, though. Verizon may have just photoshopped the image without thinking of these details, but it seems like their picture of the device is lacking Samsung’s Touchwiz UX user interface. Our colleague, Russell Holly, noticed that the Movies App is also missing, which may mean that this tablet will ship with Android 3.0, unlike the one that will hit NYC next week. Once again, these may be things that Verizon’s team just didn’t pay much attention to, but we shall see.
With the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 coming this summer, one can only wonder how the Motorola Xoom early adopters feel. Despite Verizon’s promises to offer a 4G LTE update for the Xooms, we are yet to even see any details or official word on this. Our ninjas are telling us that the Xoom is actually getting the 4G LTE update sometime in June though, but without an official confirmation from Big Red, we’re still a bit skeptical. Could there be a chance that the Xoom will take longer to get 4G LTE than the Galaxy Tab will take to be released? How do you Xoom users feel about this? Is anyone planning to get a Verizon Galaxy Tab 10.1?
Android Central has just received word from Samsung, confirming that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will not ship with TouchWiz. This UI will instead be issued via a separate OTA (Over the air) update. We do not yet know if this will also apply to the Verizon branded version (afterall, it is coming later), but stay tuned for more details. If given the option, would you guys get the OTA? Personally, I prefer Stock Android, especially on a tablet.
A Samsung PR representative has commented that both versions of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will ship with Android 3.1 (no 3.0 on either), and will receive an OTA update with TouchWiz UX later on.Show Press Release
4G LTE-Enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1, Exclusive from Verizon Wireless, Measures Only 8.6 Millimeters Thin
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and DALLAS – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), today announced the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 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™ 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 – 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™’s 200,000 applications. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is perfect for customers who want to take advantage of Google™’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™ Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™ 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® Flash® 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.