Galaxy Tab 8.9

Samsung just announced that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 (read our full review) will be available on AT&T as an LTE-capable device starting Nov. 20. It's got a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1280x800 display and 3.2 (rear) and 2MP cameras.

It'll cost $479.99 with a two-year contract, but AT&T's sweetening the deal by throwing in either the LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, or an original AT&T Galaxy S II (read our full review). Not a bad deal, really, if you're looking for a smartphone/tablet combo.

In addition, AT&T announced further expansion of its LTE network, which will cover the following locations:

  • Athens, Ga.
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis
  • Kansas City
  • Las Vegas
  • Oklahoma City
  • San Antonio
  • San Juan
  • Puerto Rico
  • Washington, D.C.  

AT&T's got a few options for LTE data plans on its tablets, with 250MB for $14.99, 2GB for $25, or 3GB for $35. Smartphone plans start as low as $15 a month for 200MB of data, or $25 a month for 2GB, with an additional 1GB costing $10.

Full presser's after the break.

NEW 4G LTE TABLET AVAILABLE FOR AT&T CUSTOMERS

Ultra-Thin and Lightweight Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Available Nov. 20 in AT&T Stores and Online

AT&T 4G LTE Expanding to Six New Markets, Total of 15 Nationwide

DALLAS, Nov. 14, 2011 —

Key Facts

  • AT&T* introduced its second 4G LTE-enabled tablet for customers, the Samsung Galaxy™ Tab 8.9, an ultra-thin tablet perfect for Android fans who want an optimized Honeycomb experience in a best-in-class form factor.
  • Customers can purchase from AT&T stores and online beginning Nov. 20.
  • For a limited time, customers who select a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will receive a Samsung Galaxy S™ II Skyrocket or Samsung Galaxy S™ II smartphone at no cost. A two year agreement is required on the smartphone.
  • Additionally, AT&T will launch 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) in six new markets on Nov. 20: Charlotte, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • The Nov. 20 launches will expand AT&T 4G LTE to 15 markets total, meeting its 2011 market commitment. AT&T plans to reach 70 million Americans by year-end 2011.
  • AT&T offers the only devices capable of 4G speeds utilizing both 4G LTE and HSPA+, for a consistently fast connection in and out of 4G LTE areas.
  • AT&T topped its goal to offer 20 4G devices this year. The addition of the new 4G LTE devices brings the 4G device total to 24.

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 8.9

Exclusive to AT&T customers, the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 8.9 is a slim, lightweight tablet, running Android™ 3.2 and packed with optimized services from Google, AT&T and Samsung. The new tablet features a vivid 8.9-inch 1280x800 pixel high-resolution screen, powerful processor 1.5 GHz dual-core processor for fast multi-tasking, and tabbed browsing with support for HTML 5 and Adobe® Flash® Player.

  • 4G LTE backed by 4G HSPA+
  • Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)
  • 15.9 ounces light, 8.6mm thin
  • Brilliant 8.9” HD widescreen
  • 3.2 megapixel rear facing camera with LED flash, 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • Tabbed browsing, Adobe Flash and HTML support
  • Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual core processor
  • 16 GB internal memory and expandable up to 32 GB via accessory option
  • 1 GB RAM
  • TouchWiz® UX
  • Dimensions:  230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm

Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 8.9 will arrive in AT&T company-owned retail stores and online Nov. 20 for $479.99 with a two-year commitment.  For a limited time, customers who select a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will receive a Samsung Galaxy S™ II Skyrocket or Samsung Galaxy S™ II smartphone at no cost. A two year agreement is required on the smartphone.  Learn more at www.att.com/tablets.

AT&T 4G LTE Data Plans

AT&T tablet customers can choose a $35, 3 GB monthly data plan option with a two-year contract, and customers who do not choose a long-term commitment may still select one of two existing monthly billing options for tablets:

  • Postpaid: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data plan will be charged $10 per 1 GB of overage. Charges will appear on customers’ monthly wireless statements offering the simplicity of a single bill.
  • Prepaid: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data plan may choose to purchase an additional 2 GB for $25. Charges will appear on customers’ credit card statements.

AT&T 4G LTE smartphone customers can choose from tiered data plans starting as low as $15 per month. Existing smartphone customers do not have to make changes to their data plan. All plans include access to AT&T’s national Wi-Fi network of more than 29,000 hotspots.

  • DataPlus provides 200 megabytes (MB) of data for just $15 per month. An additional 200 MB of data usage is $15.
  • DataPro provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of data for $25 per month. An additional 1 GB of data is $10. Customers who want to use their device as a mobile hotspot can sign up for DataPro 4GB for $45 a month, which lets you tether or share your data connection across multiple devices.

AT&T 4G LTE Footprint

With the Nov. 20 launches, AT&T 4G LTE will be available in 15 markets: 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. 

AT&T is the only U.S. carrier providing 4G using both HSPA+ and LTE technologies. HSPA+, when combined with enhanced backhaul, provides customers with compatible devices 4G speeds, meaning customers get a faster and more consistent 4G experience, even when outside of an AT&T 4G LTE area. Customers of other carriers that have transitioned to 4G LTE without further speed upgrades to their existing networks are likely to see a jarring drop-off in speeds when they move out of LTE coverage.

 
There are 17 comments

eahinrichsen says:

Huh. I'm surprised not to see Philly on the list. We usually get things like that pretty quickly.

kurioskurion says:

That's a great deal!

Boston is on the LIST! Wooo!...NOt that i'd ever go back to At&t (unlesssss some one wants to Offer DOUBLEDATA ALSO! WOo!

jbrandonf says:

Wait...you're happy you won't be using the awesome new network?

rocket321 says:

it seems misleading to say you can get a smartphone plan for $15 or $25. That is an addon on top of a required voice plan. If you opt for a data only plan those are usually more like $50

TallyHo says:

So you are saying that a company posted an advertisement with less than clear terms that border on being misleading? Tell me you jest!!!!

ravyn80 says:

Actually, Tablet plans start at $25 a month for 2geebees. The $50 plan is for mifi's and data cards.

dskwerl says:

This is moderately tempting. Just wondering if getting the free phone requires you to set up a plan for said phone? Most likely, I would assume.

frmorrison says:

Yes, "A two year agreement is required on the smartphone." That means two separate data plans.

dskwerl says:

Ah, upon reading it again I see that. I have no interest in getting a phone, but I'd love to give the Galaxy Tab 8.9 a whirl.

Comineeyeaha says:

I might be finding myself in the position to be issued a phone and tablet/laptop at work soon, so this would be really awesome. I don't have AT&T LTE in my area yet, so I would get the standard GSII, but I'm salivating at the possibility.

crxssi says:

The phone is not "Free", it is a device with no down payment. I bought a car with no down payment, but it was not free.

ChillFactorz says:

tempting I want a Tab and Phone. I was just thinking of getting a wi-fi only tab but this has me thinking. Alas no LTE in my area yet, but that wont stop me just yet.

WAldenIV says:

Did they really upgrade the processor to a 1.5 GHz dual-core Hummingbird?

SteveISU says:

WTF....I just picked up a SR. Your telling me if I waited 8 days I would have gotten it free and gotten a tablet? That sucks!

robnaj says:

No deal

jmich456 says:

Sorry but the Tablet is $30 cheaper at Bestbuy. Why on earth would anyone get this "deal"? Also, You have to sign up for a $35/Month plan. So you cannot get the tablet and pay the lowest data plan of $15/Month. So the total price of ownership on this tablet is $840+479= $1320. With Tegra 3 and ICS coming out next month I would wait if I were you!