AT&T has firmly broken their commitment to 12 Android devices this year. They are going to knock it out of the ballpark in November with 3 more Android handsets still to come along with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G LTE, which debuts November 20th.
AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G/LTE will be backed by AT&T’s HSPA+ 4G network. This is all part of the two part strategy Ralph De La Vega announced at CES last year. 4G/LTE actually makes more sense on a GSM network like AT&T because customers can always fall back to HSPA+ which still gives them speeds on par with T-Mobile’s 4G as well as Sprint’s WiMax 4G.
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The Galaxy Tab 8.9 also hits the sweet spot, not to small and not to big. It’s the perfect tablet to compliment a laptop in a laptop bag or briefcase and still fits in the inside pocket of many jackets, including some suit coats.
On the display side you get an 8.9″ HD widescreen which makes viewing movies, tv shows and games a relaxing pleasure. It also works (but may not perfectly fit) with all the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 accessories like the keyboard dock.
It’s running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5ghz dual core processor, the same processor that’s in the Samsung Galaxy S II on T-Mobile and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, also on AT&T’s 4G/LTE network. It’s also running Android Honeycomb and we suspect it will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, sooner rather than later.
The arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 8.9 adds to our outstanding Android lineup and our growing portfolio of premier 4G LTE devices,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “We’re constantly adding new 4G LTE coverage and only AT&T offers 4G LTE plus 4G speeds through our HSPA+ network.”
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G LTE will set you back $479.99 with a new two year commitment but AT&T has a deal for you right now, anyone that gets the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G/LTE on a new two year commitment can pick up a Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket (with 4G/LTE) absolutely free provided they are willing to start a two year contract on that as well.
AT&T has been working hard to build out their 4G LTE Network. On November 20th when the Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G LTE debuts AT&T will activate some new 4G/LTE cities, bringing their total to 15 markets which are: Athens, Ga., Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.