AT&T Wireless recently announced that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will be available online and in AT&T stores starting on November 20. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 carries 4G LTE capabilities.
AT&T priced the upcoming Galaxy Tab at US$479.99 on a two-year contract with a data plan starting at US$14.99 for 250 MB per month. Subscribers can also choose to have a 2-GB plan for $25 each month or a 3-GB data plan for US$35 per month.
Subscribers who will avail of the two-year plan for the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will also get a bonus. AT&T will be giving away a Samsung Galaxy S II or Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket for free to those who will avail themselves of the contract.
This Galaxy Tab 8.9 features an 8.9-inch HD display, Snapdragon 1.5-GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, a 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and the newly added feature which is the 4G LTE radio.
Unlike other Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablets, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 doesn’t have a built-in HDMI port. Instead, it has a 30-pin dock connector which costs US$19.99.
Also on November 20, AT&T is launching its 4G LTE services in six new markets, namely, Charlotte, Idianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, and in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This launching on November 20 will bring AT&T’s 4G LTE coverage to a total of 15 markets.
AT&T is the only U.S.carrier that provides 4G connectivity that uses both HSPA+ and LTE technologies. It has provided its customers with faster and more consistent connections.
Although reviews about the earlier version of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 showed that many were not impressed with its software, getting a free Samsung Galaxy S II or its Skyrocket variant will surely make the contract worth it.
How about you? Would you want to avail of this contract?
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Even though it is almost as expensive as the 10.1 inch GT, I think it is more useful for taking with you. Sure it is great having a huge screen, but when I travel, I know that every bit of space counts. The 8.9 inch GT has just enough screen space to fully enjoy movies, while being portable enough for anywhere. Usually, when I am waiting at the airport or bus station, I pull out my iPhone and catch up on shows or watch a movie. Only problem is I don’t always have space on my phone for storing all these movies, plus the screen can get annoyingly small. Instead, I like to stream using the DISH Remote Access app from my employer DISH Network. It is great because any channel I subscribe to can be streamed. Even recorded shows and movies can be streamed. Plus, since the screen is a lot bigger, it makes TV watching more pleasant! Hopefully it won’t take long for the LTE version of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 to get here!