By Sumit Passary | Oct 10, 2012 09:09 AM EDT
U.S. carrier Sprint has announced its first 4G LTE tablet - the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Sprint confirmed in a press release on Oct. 9 that Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will be offered to its consumers.
Along with the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Sprint also announced that LG Optimus G, LG Mach, and Sprint Plug-in-Connect Tri-Mode USB will make their way to the carrier. Sprint dubbed the four devices as "Meet the New Fab Four."
"Sprint is continually recognized as having one of the best device lineups in the industry and we are committed to bringing our customers 4G LTE to all the products they enjoy," said David Owens, VP of Product, Sprint. Owens further added "We strive to be an innovation leader and this group of devices represent the continual expansion of 4G products to Sprint's portfolio."
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 sports a 10.1-inch WXGA PLS TFT display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. A dual-core processor (Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset) clocked at 1.5 GHz powers the device. The tablet also features a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, and a VGA front-facing camera.
A powerful 7000mAh battery fuels the tablet. Sprint's variant of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will include 8GB of internal storage expandable to up to 64GB via a microSD. The device includes 1GB of RAM. The tablet will also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity options.
The tablet measures 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.38 inches and weighs 1.29 pounds. The tablet will run on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 also includes features like Face Unlock, which uses state-of-the-art facial recognition technology, allowing users to unlock the device by looking at the display screen. The device also include IR Blaster feature, with which the tablet can be used as a universal smart remote for other entertainment gadgets like Televisions, music systems, et al.
Sprint 4G LTE is currently available in 24 cities in the U.S. and the carrier is expecting to expand to more than 100 cities in coming months. Sprint consumers will welcome the news as the carrier adds another tablet to its growing portfolio.