21
Jun
Sprint

Even though Sprint has yet to get a Honeycomb tablet that actually runs on its network, that hasn't stopped it from at least trying to sell some new-tablet-tech. Just like with the Motorola XOOM, the Now Network has opted to get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 void of any 3/4G connectivity, and instead will be offering the Wi-Fi only version.

The 10.1 inch, 16GB, Tegra 2-packing Tab will hit Sprint's online store on June 24th for $500, and arrive in retail stores exactly one month later for the same price. Honestly, I'm not entirely sure why a wireless carrier would decide to offer tablets without its own network connectivity embedded deep within, but I'm sure there's some sort of near-logical explanation... right?

Full press release:

Sprint Expands Mobile Tablet Portfolio With Launch of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on June 24 for $499.99

Ultra-Thin and Lightweight Tab Boasts a 10.1-inch HD Touchscreen, Android 3.1 and a Dual-Core Processor; Power Galaxy Tab 10.1 with an Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless or MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless for access to blazing-fast Sprint 4G speeds

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), June 21, 2011 - Sprint customers will be able to enjoy the convenience of Samsung Galaxy TabTM 10.1 16GB Wi-Fi version beginning June 24 through direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Web sales (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Sprint Business Sales for $499.99 (excludes taxes). It will be available for purchase in Sprint retail stores on July 24.

This powerful tablet boasts a brilliant 10.1-inch HD touchscreen (1,280x800) display delivering sharper movies, better game graphics, and crystal clear video chats. At just 0.34-inches, it is the world’s thinnest mobile tablet. It comes with AndroidTM 3.1 Honeycomb with Android MarketTM providing access to more than 60,000 apps for Galaxy Tab 10.11 and an immersive, lightning-fast Web browsing experience.

“Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 expands Sprint’s tablet innovation, growing our lineup to five options,” said David Owens, Sprint vice president of product development. “This gives Sprint customers a one-stop-shop for all of their tablet needs. Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a dynamic tablet, but it is even more amazing when paired with the Sprint 4G network through our OverdriveTM Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless or MiFi®3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel.”

Galaxy Tab 10.1 is designed with a brilliant 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display with WXGA 1,280x800 resolution, delivering vibrant colors and crisp clarity. The aspect ratio of the display is ideal for widescreen viewing of movies, TV shows and photos. It features two cameras – a rear-facing 3-megapixel camera with camcorder, flash and zoom, and a front-facing, 2-megapixel camera – enabling video chat.

Additional key features include:

  • Android 3.1 Honeycomb offering faster and smoother transitions between different applications, more intuitive navigation to and from home screens, and broader support of USB accessories, external keyboards, joysticks and gamepads
  • Android Market for access to more than 60,000 applications for Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • Mobile EmailIMAP and POP, GmailTM, MSN Hotmail® and Yahoo!®
  • Google Mobile Services, including YouTube, GmailTM, Google TalkTM and Google MapsTM
  • HD camcorder with 720p video capture
  • Full HTML Web browser with Google Search and Adobe® Flash® Player (10.3)
  • 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage
  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • Stereo Bluetooth Technology 2.1

Galaxy Tab 10.1 customers can expect a software update planned for this summer that will enable more favorite features and services including:

  • Customized User Experience “Samsung TouchWiz UX”
    Samsung’s TouchWiz user experience is designed with a Live Panel menu for customizing the home screen of Galaxy Tab 10.1 with digital pictures, favorite websites and social network feeds. In addition, the TouchWiz UX includes a “Mini Apps” tray of commonly used features, such as task manager, calendar and music player, which can be launched while other major applications are already in use.
  • Samsung Media Hub
    The software upgrade will introduce the evolution of Samsung’s popular movie and TV content service, known as Media Hub. Media Hub has been redesigned with a new user interface for even easier downloads of rented or purchased content. The new version of Media Hub also includes an HD Extender, which allows the user to play back Media Hub content on TV through an HDMI cable from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 dock or adapter.
  • Readers Hub & Social Hub
    It will also gain access to Samsung’s Readers Hub service, which is a robust library filled with more than 2.2 million books, 2,000 newspapers and 2,300 magazines. Also, the software upgrade will install Samsung’s Social Hub service, which aggregates email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections into a single interface.
  • Versatile Content Sharing
    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will also receive Samsung’s Allshare service, for seamless content transfer between the tablet and other DLNA-enabled devices, such as HDTVs, monitors and digital cameras. The software upgrade will also transform Galaxy Tab 10.1 into a device capable of accepting streaming content from a TV to the tablet itself.

Sprint was unbeaten among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction according to results from the2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. In addition to tying for first place among wireless carriers, Sprint was also the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, during the last three years, according to the survey.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Steven

    "... but it is even more amazing when paired with the Sprint 4G network through our OverdriveTM Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless or MiFi®3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel.”

    I think that sums it up.

    • Cameron Summerson

      Yup. It may sum it up, but it still makes little sense.

      Far more people would buy a tablet with 3/4G built in than a WiFi/MiFi bundle.

  • Bdub54

    So I guess this means no built in 4g for this tab on Sprint

    • Jaz

      4g built in isn't a high seller right now. Sprint has basically frozen their wimax expansion due to the change to lte. So right now the only reason for buying anything wireless on sprint should be its computing power and not its network 4g capability. If they had 2 different evo3d, a 4g and a 3g I would get 3g. Right now I have only used my evo4g on 4g about 1-2 times in the 1 year that I had it. Unless sprint has something up their sleeve and plan to do one more big expansion on wimax before they go with lte it doesn't look good for sprint 4g as of now.