Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) will launch an LTE version of Samsung's GalaxyTab 10.1, expanding its tablet lineup and confirming Samsung's intent to push LTE tablets in the U.S. and abroad.
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Verizon did not announce a release date for the GalaxyTab 10.1, but said it will be available this summer and that users can start pre-ordering the device June 8. The gadget will sell for $529.99 for the 16 GB model and $629.99 for the 32 GB model, and Verizon said at launch the tablet will be accompanied by an array of optional accessories, including a full-sized keyboard dock and a multimedia docking station.
JK Shin, the president of Samsung's mobile communications business, recently told the Wall Street Journal that the company was holding talks with carriers in the U.S. and South Korea on releasing LTE tablets.
The only other confirmed LTE tablet in the United States is the Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI) Xoom from Verizon. Motorola began selling an EV-DO version of the Xoom earlier this year, and customers who have a Xoom already will be able to send it to Motorola to get an LTE upgrade sometime this summer. The 32 GB EV-DO version of the Xoom is available from Verizon for $599.99 with a two-year contract. Verizon also sells the 16 GB version of Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad 2 with EV-DO support for $629.99, and the 32 GB version for $729.99.
The GalaxyTab 10.1 was unveiled at the CTIA Wireless trade show in March. The 8.6mm-thick device runs the Honeycomb version of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android platform and sports an HD screen with 1280x800 resolution, a 1 GHz dual-core application processor, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. Samsung also said the Wi-Fi-only version of the device will go on sale nationwide June 17, selling for $499 for the 16 GB version and $599 for the 32 GB version.
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