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

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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 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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