Telstra releases 4G-capable Samsung Galaxy tablet

By Chris Jager on Feb 28, 2012 11:34 AM
Filed under Mobility

Australia's first.

Earlier in the month, we reported on a rumour that Telstra was set to offer a 4G-capable 8.9in tablet from Samsung to compliment its LTE network. 

Telstra today confirmed the tablet's existence, unveiling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G is an 8.9in Android tablet that comes with a 1280×800-pixel HD display covered in Corning Gorilla Glass. Other highlights include a 1.5GHz dual core processor, 3-megapixel AF camera with inbuilt flash, a 6100 mAh battery and a choice between 16GB and 32GB flash storage.

The device runs on Android 3.0 (AKA Honeycomb) but Telstra has promised it will be upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the future.

“In 4G coverage areas Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G can offer speeds typically reserved for the office which will make it hugely popular with businesses too," claimed Warwick Bray, Executive Director of Telstra Mobile, said in a statement.

Telstra is quoting download speeds of up to 40Mbps for customers on the 4G network and a maximum upload speed of 10Mbps. Our experience with the network has been positive so far. (Read our review of the HTC Velocity 4G).

You can purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G on a variety of Telstra plans. The cost of +Telstra's 4G plans currently match its 3G offerings. Below is a list of consumer plans for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G:

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It can also be bought outright for $720 (16GB) or $840 (32GB). 

Telstra's LTE network is currently available in all eight capital city CBDs plus around 80 regional and metropolitan centres. 
 
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