Android’s best tablet to date, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, is destined to get a LTE version for Verizon in the near future. Pre-orders for the device went live early last month and rumor has it that we may see the tablet land on store shelves later this week. Thursday, to be specific.
Apparently Verizon has been receiving posters that showcase the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with, ” 4G LTE Tablets” above it. This bodes well for the Tab 10.1 launch in a couple of days but we’re wondering what’s keeping Big Red so quite about the subject.
At this point, it’s almost humorous that the Motorola Xoom still hasn’t received it’s LTE upgrade. The LTE module for the Xoom recently passed through the FCC but that’s about it. The fact that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will debut on Verizon with LTE support out of the gate must be pretty frustrating for those who jumped on the Motorola Xoom as soon as it debuted.
The picture above shows an empty display that’s just begging for demo tablets to be installed on it and we don’t think Big Red will allow these displays to collect too much dust before the tablet goes live. Pricing for the LTE Galaxy Tab 10.1 is priced nicely against the WiFi-only versions, but you’ll have to sign a two year contract and pay for monthly data. Either way, adding LTE to the best Android Honeycomb tablet available today should definitely perk up some sales.
While first to have LTE support out of the gate, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will soon face more stiff competition in the Android space. While nothing is exactly confirmed, we’re expecting to see the first Honeycomb tablet with NVIDIA’s quad-core Kal-El processor in the coming months, making it the most powerful tablet we’ve ever seen. Then again, some users out there may be willing to sacrifice the two extra cores and ridiculous gaming power behind the Kal-El for LTE support.
We’ll soon see if the LTE Galaxy Tab 10.1 lands this Thursday. Anyone planning on grabbing one if it does?