Cellular-connected tablets have been around since the first iPad, letting users connect to the Internet even when they're not around Wi-Fi. This was typically associated with light web browsing, as streaming video over a cellular connection is a fast way to burn through a data cap. As more carriers have brought back unlimited plans and zero rating for certain services, the ability to use a tablet as an on the go streaming device has become easier than ever.
To that end, AT&T has announced a first party tablet centered around content consumption. The AT&T Primetime Tablet is designed specifically for DIRECTV subscribers.
As for specifications, the tablet has a 10-inch 1080p display and a 9,070 mAh battery. It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which is great for multi-tasking, and has a Snapdragon 625 and 2GB of RAM, along with 32GB of internal storage. The tablet will use a custom home screen with gestures for quickly accessing DIRECTV when you just need to watch TV right this second. The spec sheet mentions users will be able to stream to two separate Bluetooth headsets of speakers, which is a very neat feature (but not part of the Bluetooth 5.0 spec) The device also features dual front-facing speakers with Dolby Atmos and 4 audio presets, along with 5MP front and rear cameras.
Existing AT&T Unlimited Plus or Unlimited Choice customers can add the Primetime tablet to their existing plans for an additional $10 per month for 20 months. The device can also be purchased on its own for $29.99 total with a 2-year contract. The Primetime Tablet will be available on AT&T's online store on in physical retail stores beginning August 25.
Update: An earlier version of this story said that the Primetime tablet required a DIRECTV subscription to purchase, which is not true. Customers can buy the tablet directly from AT&T for $200 outright or 20 payments of $10 per month.
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