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Telstra is from today selling the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, Australia’s first 4G tablet, which it says allows users to surf the mobile web up to five times faster than on other models.
It comes as Australians flock to tablet devices, with analyst firm Telsyte estimating that 1.4 million tablets were sold in Australia in 2011. Over two million tablets are expected to be sold this year.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G – which comes hot on the heels of the Motorola Xoom 2 that Telstra began stocking on February 21- runs Android 3.2 (upgradeable to 4.0 in the future) and includes an 8.9-inch screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor and front- and rear-facing cameras (3-megapixel and 2-megapixel, respectively).
The device weighs 470 grams and is available in 16GB or 32GB configurations, which will cost $720 and $840, respectively.
Telstra said the 16GB model was in stores today while the 32GB would launch ”shortly”. There are both plans and prepaid options, with plans ranging from $29 for 1GB of data to $89 for 15GB of data.
”The leap in internet speeds available … means customers can stream high-definition video and music over the internet, load magazines faster and enjoy rich internet content traditionally confined to a PC screen,” said Telstra mobile executive director Warwick Bray.
Bray’s pitch to businesses was that users would be able to get web speeds on the tablet that are comparable to those found in the office.
Telstra is in the process of rolling out its 4G network access the country, and it is already available in all capital cities plus more than 80 regional and metro4g politan centres.
The telco recently launched Australia’s first 4G smartphone, the HTC Velocity 4G, which Telstra said was its third highest-selling consumer handset on a plan.
The first 4G devices offered by Telstra were wireless broadband dongles in September last year, and between then and the end of January Telstra said it added 100,000 4G subscribers.
Telstra says its 4G network is capable of download speeds between 2Mbps and 40Mbps, while upload speeds are between 1Mbps and 10Mbps. This is about double download speeds on 3G.
When the user is out of 4G coverage areas the tablet is able to revert to 3G, with dual channel HSPA+ support.
Reblogged Via SMH
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