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4G Galaxy Tab, 4G Notebook On Way From Verizon

7/26/2011 10:51:35 AM Eastern

Basking Ridge,
N.J. - The nation's first 4G LTE-equipped tablet and first LTE-equipped notebook
computer arrive this week on the Verizon Wireless network.

 The 4G LTE-equipped Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with choice of three Verizon 4G data plans.

The tablet is the
4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and it will be available through
the carrier's stores and website on July 28,
almost two
months after
the carrier said the device would be available in "coming
weeks." Availability through Verizon's indirect channels wasn't announced.

Separately,
Verizon announced July 28 availability of the 4G LTE-equipped HP Pavilion
dm1-3010nr Entertainment PC through its website. The notebook PC will be priced
at $599.

The prices of the
4G Tab 10.1, as previously announced, are $529 for the 16GB model and $629 for
the 32GB model, both prices conditioned on the purchase of a two-year 3G/4G service
contract. Just-announced postpaid pricing plans for the device are $30/month
for 2GB of data, $50/month for 5GB, and $80/month for 10GB. The data plans are
the same data plans that Verizon launched a few weeks ago for its smartphones
to replace a single $30/month unlimited-data plan for smartphones.

Both 4G tablets
will be available in metallic gray or glossy white through Verizon's outlets.

The carrier will
also make a 16GB Wi-Fi-only version of the Tab 10.1 available through those
outlets on July 28 at $499, or $30 less than the 16GB 3G/4G model, indicating
that Verizon is not subsidizing the price of the 3G/4G models. The Wi-Fi-only
version will be available only in metallic gray.

Retailers such as
Best Buy began in June to offer the 16GB Wi-Fi Tab 10.1 at $499 and the 32GB
version at $599.

For a limited
time, Verizon will offer the 10.1 with a free $25 Samsung Media Hub credit good
toward TV program downloads. The Media Hub download service offers movies and
TV episodes for rent or purchase and has been redesigned so that Samsung Media
Hub-enabled devices will output the content through an optional HDMI adapter to
a TV. Like before, purchased content can also be shared with up to five Media
Hub devices.

For its first 4G
notebook offering, Verizon had announced plans during January's CES to offer
the Hewlett-Packard Pavilion DM1-3010NR but offered few details.

The 3.52-pound
device is 1.2 inches thin and combines the performance of a notebook with the
mobility of a netbook, Verizon contended.

The notebook
features Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, 11.6-inch HD 1,366 by 768 LED display,
1.6GHz AMD dual-core processor, 320GB hard drive, 2GB DDR3 RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n,
VGA webcam with integrated digital microphone, and multi-format digital media
card reader for SD cards and multimedia cards.

Only two data plans will be offered: $50/month for 5GB and $80/month for 10GB, neither of which requires a contract to get the notebook's $599 price.

With the notebook,
4G subscribers will be able to stream high-definition content, video chat, and
download music, photos and videos over the 4G network in seconds, Verizon said,
because of the 4G network's average download throughputs are 5Mbps to 12Mbps.
Average 4G upload speeds are 2Mbps to 5Mbps.

 

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