By Alexandra Burlacu | Jun 13, 2013 03:39 PM EDT
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 already garnered plenty of attention since its launch, but AT&T just made things more interesting: a new LTE version.
While it's hardly news anymore that the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Note is coming to the U.S., that was only in a Wi-Fi-only version. AT&T, however, adds a new option for those craving an S Pen with a side of LTE connection.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE version will be an AT&T exclusive and should hit the carrier's network "in the coming weeks," but no pricing details are currently available.
"Demand for 4G LTE-connected tablets is growing, and we're offering our customers the most choice and the best portfolio. The Galaxy note 8.0 is an awesome tablet and flies on 4G LTE," Chris Penrose, Senior Vice President of emerging Devices at AT&T, touts in the press release. "We expect customers to be excited about the Galaxy note 8.0's versatility that makes it useful for work and entertainment."
The press release doesn't mention whether AT&T will bring anything else to the table besides its LTE network, but it will probably slap a few carrier apps onto the tablet. The companies also failed to mention whether the Galaxy Note 8.0 LTE will boast free storage with AT&T Locker, which offers 50GB to complement the 50GB of DropBox storage already offered with the slate. Considering that the 8-incher only has 16GB of internal memory expandable up to 32GB with a micro SD card, the more cloud storage, the better.
As previously mentioned, the press release doesn't go anywhere near pricing details. It's fair to assume, however, that the LTE version will come with a notable price bump from the regular model. The Wi-Fi-only Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 costs $400, which means the LTE version should come at around $500 - $600.
The LTE version of the iPad Mini, for instance, costs $460 with AT&T month-to-month plans, i.e. $130 more than its Wi-Fi-only counterpart. LTE radios are typically quite expensive, and that's where the extra money goes.
The Samsung Galaxy note 8.0 itself is a neat tablet sporting a 1280 x 800 LCD display with WACOM technology and a digitized stylus. Overall specs include a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz on top and a powerful 4,600 mAh battery. It brings Samsung accounts, apps and services, multi-window, an IR blaster and much, much more.
The 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Note basically lies somewhere between full-size tablets such as the Galaxy Note 10.1 and oversized smartphones (phablets) such as the Galaxy Note 2.
AT&T went all out with this announcement and even made a neat little video to boast the Samsung Galaxy 8.0's features, so check it out to see for yourself.
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