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Verizon Makes It Official, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 With 4G LTE Launches This Thursday

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G LTE will finally be available Thursday at Verizon as the first truly high-speed tablet, confirming our report from this weekend.  As expected, it’ll launch in two colors (white and gray), two sizes (16GB and 32GB), and at $529 and $629 on 2-year contract.  The Tab 10.1 will run Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), but should be updated in the very near future to 3.2 alongside Samsung’s TouchWizUX tablet interface.

The real news though, is the fact that this is Verizon’s first 4G LTE tablet, a title the Motorola XOOM was supposed to carry almost 2 months ago now.  Unfortunately for early adopters, they have been passed on by and have no idea when they’ll get these massive data speeds.  The XOOM has also undergone a price cut, making that $799 purchase back in February one of the more painful of the last couple of years.

But as to not rain on the Galaxy Tab 10.1’s parade, we’ll finish it off by saying that this tablet is the best on the market today.  We’ve had the Google I/O special edition 10.1 tab since May and have used it more than any other.  I’m still not sure I would recommend locking into a contract for one, so let’s wait and see what that full retail price sneaks in at.

Both colors pictured below.  


Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 With 4G LTE Available At Verizon Wireless

4G LTE and Wi-Fi Models Available; 8.6 Millimeters Thin and Weighing in at 1.25 pounds

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 with 4G LTE will be available July 28 in either Metallic Gray or Glossy White in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online atwww.verizonwireless.com/SamsungTab4GLTE.

Key features:

  • 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage areas
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Android™ 3.1 Honeycomb platform – supports Google Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Maps, Google Movies, Google Books and Android Market™
  • Adobe® Flash® 10.3 technology
  • NVIDIA® Tegra2 dual-core 1 GHz application processor
  • 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display with WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution
  • 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat capabilities
  • 1080p HD video playback on a HD TV or other 1080p HD device
  • Samsung Media Hub – offers a vast lineup of critically acclaimed films and TV programs for rent or purchase.  Media Hub has been redesigned, allowing customers to playback Media Hub content on their TV through an HDMI adapter (sold separately).  Purchased content can be shared with up to five devices enabled with Media Hub at no extra cost.

Pricing and data plans:

  • Verizon Wireless will offer two 4G LTE 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.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 customers will have the option to choose one of the following mobile broadband data plans:
    • $30 monthly access for 2GB monthly allowance
    • $50 monthly access for 5GB monthly allowance
    • $80 monthly access for 10GB monthly allowance
  • A 16GB Wi-Fi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will also be available online at www.verizonwireless.com on July 28 for $499.99.  The Wi-Fi-only model will be available in Metallic Grey.

Samsung Media Hub Credit:

  • For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers will get a free $25 Media Hub credit from Samsung with their Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 purchase, good towards TV program purchases. Restrictions apply, see inbox insert for additional details or visitwww.samsung.com/VerizonTabPromo.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visitwww.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library atwww.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visitwww.samsungwireless.com.

  • Stelv81

    $529 on a 2 year contract. Sorry but smart people will not fall for that type of pricing. Go get a laptop already folks.

  • Anonymous

    imho, get the Samsung LTE hotspot and sign up for contract.  At least you can use the LTE for notebooks, etc.  I have the Google IO WiFi tab, picked up the LTE hotspot and 5GB of data…Seems to be best option over a dedicated LTE in the tablet itself offering little.

  • Office Depot Corporate sent out a memo to not honor Asus transformer$100 coupons. Tried and failed yesterday. They will still honor other tablets they carry. Or perhaps your local store may be not checking email…

  • Anonymous

    Thank goodness they dumped the one year contract. All these new tablets and phones are definitely future proofed for at least 18 months.  I’ll just throw this and the Bionic in my cart in a month and know come holiday time there will be no chance of a new Android OS major upgrade that will takes months to make it’s way to my device and no giant leap in hardware specs/features coming.  Thanks Verizon, I am so happy I can contribute to your stellar profit reports.

  • PyroHoltz

    Dare I say, still too expensive on contract?

    If you assume roughly $20/mo of your monthly fee goes to subsidizing this device then at the end of 20 months, Big Red will have another $400 on top of the initial purchase price.


    • LionStone

      Holy crap, yea, that’s the first thing I thought…32g, 4G, $629. on contract for two years!? So there really isn’t a subsidized price? I paid $500. for 32g wifi Xoom with room for another 32g. Tether to Tbolt, done. They’re still trying to push the last update and mess up my hotspot…I wonder how long I can hold out? 😉

  • I could really use some Bionic news today to brighten my morning. Reading all this “pushed back” news is painful, but any news today would be good news.

  • Kublikon

    I had the pleasure of owning a 10.1 wifi for a week now
    and this thing is awesome! Beautiful screen, thin and light, great battery
    life! Highly highly recommended.

    • LionStone

      I liked the looks of that Tab 10.1, seemed a bit on the fragile side, yet welcomed the lightness. Still test driving the Xoom for another week, then I think I’ll return to BestBuy to test drive this Tab 10.1. I love test driving! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Will they confirm the Bionic on friday then?

  • Rocket97

    That is all nice and dandy… but where is the announcement for the SGSII?

  • Negativerxn

    It says 16GB wifi only version will be available for $499.99.  Sign me up.

    • wifi ones have been available for a month now, you can use the staples coupon for $100 off instore on the wifi one, enjoy

      • Negativerxn

        Well, I guess my heads been in the sand.  Thank you, sir.

        • Anonymous

          Just remember the coupon is only good through this Sat and a lot of stores have actually been selling out of certain models (especially the Transformer where I live) so if you are going to pull the trigger you may want to decide sooner than later.  Or just wait for the Xoom to hit bargain bin status in another month or so.

      • palomosan

        It’s not available in Staples, at least not in my area.

        • I have heard form many that Best Buy and Office Depot have been honoring the coupon for price matching. Coupon has been out a week so inventory could be a little low who knows, just try calling around

  • Anonymous

    It’s hard to get a tablet at this point when new ones keep coming out making the old ones obsolete.

    • Mctypething

      Good luck with that approach. That will happen for every phone or tablet for a long time coming. Just need to take the dive and get what you want.

    • LionStone

      Hear what you are saying but one nice thing is you have more devices to compare with…BestBuy is becoming great for this comparison shopping. I’m using the Xoom for now, went with 32g (with room to expand) for $500. rather than 16g for the 10.1 or Thrive for same amount. Plus the Xoom will have the latest updates. But I’ll try the slim and light of the 10.1 for a week or so and maybe it will “outweigh” the extra storage of the Xoom?

  • My galaxy tab 10.1 was returned and returned due to the ‘newton rings’ issue. Perhaps they will fix this design flaw with the 4g version. My transformer is snappier but heavier, I’ll take better build quality and snappier.

  • Evasavealot

    on verizon’s website it says the following: Full Retail Price$729.99PRICEwith 2-Year contract$629.99Free Overnight Shipping!  Order Mon-Fri by 4:30pm. Restrictions apply.4G plan pricing on this phone

  • Mctypething

    Total joke that this device will receive 4G LTE before the Xoom. Moto should be taken to the woodshed on this one.

  • So if anyone is able to swap their XOOM for this let us know. Definitely interested in getting what I paid for

    • Anonymous

      I am too.

  • Anonymous

    Every time I see a post with Samsung and Verizon in the same sentence my heart skips a beat, hoping it’s an announcement of the Verizon GSII…

    • Anonymous

      I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aPXP

  • DroidDoesnt

    All google devieces never update on time the xoom was a waste. and this will be too.

    • T Hall

      What?  All Google devices update first.  We don’t want you here troll.

      • LionStone

        Yea, obviously he don’t know…just picked up a Xoom last week and right after set up, got updated to 3.2…

    • palomosan

      My Asus Transformer is up to date. so I don’t what’s your argument.

      Move along, your name is made out of trolling juice.

  • Anonymous

    Is it more than meets the eye like the Asus?