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AT&T Launches Its First 4G Tablet

8/31/2011 01:44:50 PM Eastern
Dallas - AT&T plans Sept. 4 availability of its first 4G-equipped tablet, the HTC-made Jetstream.

Jetstream, which is HTC's first tablet with Android's Honeycomb OS, will be equipped with 4G HSPA+ and 4G LTE technology, 10.1-inch WXGA HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor, front- and rear-facing cameras, and Wi-Fi video chat.

On September 4, the tablet will be available only in AT&T-owned retail stores and the carrier's online store at $699 with a new two-year contract for a 3GB $35/month data plan. The contract price marks the first time that AT&T is subsidizing a tablet's price if the customer signs a contract. Consumers, however, can also buy the tablet at an unsubsidized $899 price if they want to get month-to-month postpaid or month-to-month prepaid plans.

For 4G coverage, the device will operate in multiple bands in the U.S. and foreign countries. In the U.S., it will operate in LTE mode in AT&T's 700MHz and AWS-band (1.7/2.1GHz) spectrum. In 3G HSPA/4G HSPA+ mode, it will operate in AT&T's 850/1800MHz bands and in the foreign 2.1GHz band. It also operates in quadband EDGE/GPRS mode. It uses the higher speed 21Mbps version of HSPA+.

Features include 1080p playback and capture, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, 1.3-megpixel front-facing camera, MicroSD slot supporting up to 32GB and a 7,300mAh battery.

The device uses the 3.1 version of Honeycomb and offers the first iteration of the HTC Sense user experience on Honeycomb. Compared with non-Honeycomb version of Android tablets, Android 3.1 offers interactive and resizable widgets, and improved multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization, the company said. With 3.1, the tablet also features Google Maps 5.0 with 3D-like user interface, access to more than 3 million Google eBooks, Google Talk video chat over Wi-Fi and Adobe Flash support.

HTC Jetstream is preloaded with such services as AT&T Navigator, HTC Watch to download movies, Friendstream and Android Market.

 For a limited time, the optional HTC Scribe digital pen accessory will be available at no additional cost. Scribe is a digital-ink technology that lets consumers use a stylus to handwrite notes in script, sign contracts, draw pictures, or write on a web page or photo.
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