Dec 172011
 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTETELUS Mobility is set to launch its LTE network in 2012 with a focus on urban markets (much as Bell and Rogers are now doing with their LTE deployments). It has revealed one of the first devices likely to be available at launch time with the appearance of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE on its website. Listed as “coming soon,” TELUS also highlights that it can run on “the TELUS’ 4G network,” suggesting that it will be available before the LTE launch.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual core
  • Operating system: Google Android 3.2 (Gingerbread)
  • Cellular connectivity: GSM / HSPA+/ LTE
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA
  • Display: 8.9-inch WXGA (1280×800) LCD with Gorilla Glass
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 128MB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard and microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 3MP with flash and 720p HD video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP
  • Battery: 6,100mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 millimeters / 453 grams

TELUS has not revealed pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE yet. With Bell already offering it for CA$429.95 with a 3-year contract or CA$649.95 with no contract, we have a good idea of the price range though.

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Dec 072011
 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTEBell today launched its first LTE tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual core
  • Operating system: Google Android 3.2 (Gingerbread)
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE (up to 75Mbps), HSPA, GSM
  • Other connectivity: GPS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA
  • Display: 8.9-inch WXGA (1280×800) LCD with Gorilla Glass
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 128MB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard and microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 3MP with flash and 720p HD video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP
  • Battery: 6,100mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 millimeters / 453 grams

Bell Mobility is offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE for CA$429.95 with a three-year contract or CA$649.95 without any contract.

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Sep 012011
 

Bell CanadaWhile Bell has announced plans to launch its LTE network this year, it has given little information about markets and devices to date. Tek Tok Canada has been told by “a reliable source” that the launch is coming soon (but still no specific dates).

Tek Tok also reports that Bell will offer the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE tablet at launch.

Details such as markets that Bell will launch in, device prices, plans and pricing all remain unknown at this time.

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Aug 282011
 

SamsungSamsung today announced LTE versions of both the Galaxy S II smartphone and Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet. According to JK Shin, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business:

“With the introduction of GALAXY S II LTE and GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE, we will take the capabilities of these devices to a whole new level. LTE redefines the user experience made possible by these devices and opens entirely new possibilities in terms of content viewing, sharing, quality and connectivity.”

According to Engadget, both devices will benefit from upgraded 1.5GHz dual-core processors. The Samsung Galaxy S II will also a slightly larger 4.5-inch Super AMOLED+ display. Other specifications are expected to remain unchanged.

LTE promises download speeds of up to 100mbps and upload speeds of up to 50mbps.

No details as to specific availability (carriers and dates) and pricing were revealed today. We should learn more at Samsung’s upcoming IFA 2011 event.

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