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Last Updated: November 14th, 2011

We've been hearing rumors about a 10-inch HTC tablet codenamed Puccini for nearly three months now, and AT&T has finally taken the wraps off of this Honeycomb 3.1 tablet, revealing its official name, price, and availability.

The tablet will be known as the HTC Jetstream and will run on Ma Bell's brand-spankin'-new LTE network, sporting the previously rumored hardware:

  • 10.1-inch display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
  • 8MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
  • LTE (700/AWS)
  • HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Android 3.1 with Sense UX
  • HTC Scribe Pen included

While this may sound like a pretty solid device, the price doesn't even begin to justify it: $699 with a two-year agreement. We've been complaining about carrier-subsidized tablet pricing for months now, but this price is downright insulting. As if that isn't bad enough, keep in mind that this tablet will also be subject an equally high-priced data plan, the minimum of which is $15 per month for a measly 250MB of data. If you actually intend on using the device, then you're looking at $25 for 2GB or $35 for 3GB.

If, for some reason, you're still interested in this device despite the absurd pricing, you'll be able to pick it up beginning on September 4th.

Full press release below.

New HTC Jetstream™ Tablet Available Exclusively To AT&T Customers

Company's First 4G LTE/HSPA+ Tablet Available Sept. 4 Nationwide First Tablet To Feature Android™ 3.1 (Honeycomb)

Dallas, Texas, August 31, 2011

Key Facts

  • Customers can purchase HTC Jetstream, AT&T’s* first 4G LTE/HSPA+ tablet, online and in company-owned retail stores starting September 4. 
  • HTC Jetstream is HTC’s first tablet running on the Android™ 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system which was specifically built for tablets.
  • Tablet features a 10.1” HD display, Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual core processor and front and rear facing cameras.
  • For the first time, AT&T customers can receive discounted tablet pricing after committing to a two-year agreement for a new $35, 3GB monthly data plan.
  • For a limited time, HTC Scribe ™ - an optional digital pen accessory- will be available at no additional cost.

Customer Benefits

Exclusive to AT&T customers, HTC Jetstream is the company’s first 4G LTE/HSPA+ tablet.  It runs the Android™ 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system and represents the first iteration of the HTC Sense™ user experience on Honeycomb.  HTC Jetstream boasts a large 10.1” WXGA high-resolution display for an immersive entertainment experience, third-generation Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual core processor for fast multi-tasking and instant screen refresh. A rich web browsing experience supports Adobe® Flash® Player and an enhanced HD video experience with1080p playback and capture.

The tablet is also compatible with HTC Scribe™ - an optional digital pen accessory, which is sold separately, - for content creation as well as Evernote integration for storing your documents in the cloud.  Additionally, HTC Jetstream is preloaded with services optimized for the tablet such as AT&T Family Map, AT&T Navigator ®, HTC Watch™, HTC Hub, Friendstream™, Android Market, and much more.

Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)

HTC Jetstream is AT&T’s first tablet to showcase the Android™ 3.1 OS.  The brand new operating system was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screens.  It improves on Android favorites with new interactive and resizeable widgets plus improved multi-tasking, browsing, notifications, and customization.  The new version of the platform also features Google Maps 5.0 with 3D-like interaction, access to over three million Google eBooks, incognito mode for browsing internet with no history tracking and Google Talk with video chat over Wi-Fi.

Quotes

“This tablet is a beautiful 10.1-inch, LTE powered masterpiece,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.  “When you combine powerful options like HTC Jetstream with our upcoming LTE technology and nationwide HSPA+ network, it flies.”

“HTC Jetstream combines the acclaimed HTC Sense experience with Android Honeycomb to provide an innovative and engaging experience on a 10.1 inch tablet,” said Martin Fichter, acting president, HTC Americas Region.  “Paired with AT&T’s upcoming 4G LTE speed and mobility, HTC Jetstream delivers connectivity for social and entertainment needs alongside productivity and creativity tools in a portable package.”

Price and Availability

On September 4, the tablet will be available exclusively to AT&T customers online and in company-owned retail stores for $699.99 with a new two-year contract.

AT&T postpaid tablet customers now have a new $35, 3 GB monthly data plan option with a two-year contract. Customers who do not choose a long-term commitment may still select one of two existing monthly billing options:

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

Offering the simplicity of a single bill, the postpaid option will show up on customers’ monthly wireless bill after the data is used. The new postpaid billing option will be available online at www.att.com and across AT&T retail locations.

For more information, please visit www.att.com/jetstream.

HTC Jetstream Specifications

  • LTE (700/AWS)
  • HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
  • HTC Sense™ UX for tablets
  • Display: 10.1” WXGA HD screen
  • Processor:  Third-generation Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor 
  • Camera: Front Facing 1.3 MP, Rear facing 8 MP and Dual LED Flash 
  • Battery: 7,300 mAh
  • Expandable Memory:  MicroSD up to 32 GB
  • Dimensions: 7” (l) x 9.87” (w) x 51” (d)
  • Weight: 25 ounces
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.

  • Aaron Gingrich

    I love HTC, but with a price tag of $700 on contract, I can't wait to laugh at them for not selling any at that price.

  • David Ruddock

    It doesn't even have Beats By Dre (R)[COPYRIGHT]2011TM technology. I mean, who's going to buy a $700 tablet without mad slapping bass?

    • Aaron Gingrich

      cue "SLAPPA DA BASS, MON!"

  • http://h3llb3nd4.tumblr.com h3llb3nd4

    HTC you're doing it WORNG!

  • WormDoes

    So much for prices of these HC tablets dropping. Is HTC/AT&T serious with $700 ON CONTRACT??? Automatic pass on principle

  • Mezmryz03

    didn't they hear $99 is the new $499? Price this baby at about $350 and they will sell.Anything more on a contract is ridiculous.

  • musa

    Maybe it costs that much because it has a thickness of 51"?
    Lol at the typo. Still if it's .51 inches, that's like Xoom thick.
    I guess only Samsung did it right.
    HTC, I am disappointed.

    • Wam31

      I think Asus with the Tansformer did even better. HTC makes great phones, but I have to agree this tablet's price tag is ridiculous...

  • L boogie

    Gotta feel sorry for companies like Asus for comi,ng up with reasonable pricing and an awesome product. Lets see if I do the math correctly, at $700, I could pick up two to three tablets (honeycomb & gingerbread) depending where I shop so, I suggest htc while I love their products should do the financial math before unleashing this upon the masses and as far as at&t is concerned, no surprise nor comment

    • L boogie

      Considering the DOJ'S current blockade against them, at&t needs to recover the money they're going to lose if the merger fails and figures using a highly anticipated tablet from a well known manufacturer to help them in the recovery process. Htc, here's a hint, initiate a wi-fi option and/ or have a 4g/lte version with verizon, t-mobile & sprint to to make your money.

      • Nocturnhabeo

        have the wifi version be about 500 dollars max

  • Edd

    HTC you're burning us!! No way!! LOL I'm not buying, but I wouldn't mind a fire sale!!

  • Darkseider

    LOL! $700! AT&T is on crack. If I were HTC I would pull the product, withhold delivery or negotiate sales with another carrier.

  • GJ27

    Who told them this was ever a good idea?!?!

  • http://gthing.net sam

    $699 ON CONTRACT?! I'd be surprised if they sell 100 of these.

  • http://goldenclouddesign.com lenswipe

    Let the apple conspiracy theories commence...

  • http://ericcamil.com Eric

    $699 with two year contract. So it's as good as 4 HP TouchPads (32gb) model..hm...I don't know.

  • KVein

    Another disappointment why god can't these companies get a clue, oh well another one bites the dust apple win again damn

  • http://www.podoco.net zach

    i hope thats not a real picture of the device, the widget looks silly in tablet form! looks like they just ported it over from sense!

  • Simon Belmont

    That price is breathtaking and not in a good way. That's on contract too. Wow. Just, wow.

    Maybe they should learn from the mistakes of HP and not overprice their tablets. They're just going to have steep cuts later anyway because that price is ridiculous.

  • Immolate

    I'm getting tired of scolding these marketing geniuses.

    Rule #1 of tablets: If your tablet isn't demonstrably better than the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tab, it better be cheaper or your target demographic will just buy Samsung instead.

    Rule #2 of tablets: Your tablet isn't demonstrably better than the Samsung Galaxy 10.1.

  • pax

    Say how much now????

  • Nick

    You only get the subsidized price with a $35 per month plan:

    "For the first time, AT&T customers can receive discounted tablet pricing after committing to a two-year agreement for a new $35, 3GB monthly data plan."

    Weak.