Verizon Wireless and Samsung have announced that Verizon will release a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 equipped with a 4G LTE radio. In a news release issued early this morning Samsung announced that the Wi-Fi version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be available via Sprint stores later this summer and said nothing about Verizon. Of course we found this odd as the limited edition Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1’s given out at Google I/O were coupled with Verizon Wireless/Samsung Mi-Fi devices and it was odd for Verizon to be left out of the party.
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Verizon didn’t announce a street date for the 4G/LTE enabled Galaxy Tab 10.1 however they did announce that pre-orders will start on June 8th the day the wifi version releases at Best Buy Union Square in New York City and pre-orders are official at Best Buy and other partner websites.
The 16gb version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G/LTE will be $529.99 and the 32gb version will be $629.99. This puts the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as the first tablet on the Verizon Wireless network with 4G/LTE actually installed. Verizon and Motorola announced an upgrade to 4G/LTE for the Motorola 3G Xoom via a mail in upgrade program at a later date. As of this writing no date has been given for said upgrade. Also, 3G Xoom users are ambivalent about sending their Xoom tablets into Motorola for this upgrade.
Verizon has also reported that when it rolls out the Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G/LTE it will also have a wide array of accessories to offer including a full sized keyboard and multimedia dock.