Telstra’s first Android LTE tablet might be the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Buzz has received a tip from his source at Telstra about tablets and LTE. Tablets and LTE you say? Yes, that’s right.

His source has come up with some information relating to tablets and LTE — LTE being the technology used behind 4G mobile networks. Apparently, Telstra may be planning on launching the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 with LTE support. That’s right, this will possibly the first LTE tablet on Telstra’s new network which begins working later this year, for business customers at least.

There was no release date given, however, after doing a quick bit of research on the Internet, Buzz found that a LTE variant of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 — similar to this one headed to Telstra — is expected to launch on Verizon Wireless in the U.S.A. around November. November is also nearing the time when Telstra will put its 4G network into action.

If you’re not aware of exactly what the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is, then have a look at the specifications (think of a Galaxy Tab 10.1 that has been shrunk down)..

  • Android 3.1 ‘Honeycomb’
  • 1GHz Dual-Core Tegra 2 CPU
  • 3.15MP Rear Camera (720p video rec.) / 2MP Front Camera
  • 21Mbit HSPA+ 850/900/1900/2100MHz — along with 4G LTE
  • 1280×800 (170ppi) WXGA PLS LCD Display
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
  • 1GB RAM, 16/32/64GB Internal
  • 6000mAh Battery
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  • http://buzz.id.au Buzz Moody

    Breaking news for the masses

  • Squeal

    Isn’t telstra launching their lte network in 2 days to business on usb plug in’s

    • http://buzz.id.au Buzz Moody

      Umm… Possibly. But they’re not allowing Tablets, Phones or anything like that on the network just yet.

  • Aowerko

    Telstra will run LTE on 1800 mzh the old GSM spectrum .. So this tablet will be a made to order from Samsung? Worldwide LTE spectrum will not be available in Australia until the digital TV switch over is complete.

    • http://buzz.id.au Buzz Moody

      Well if there’s any manufacturer that can make things to order, it’s Samsung.