Telstra has today announced on their Exchange blog, that they will add a variety of new tablets to their range. They’re offering a mix of Wi-Fi tablets (including the HTC built Nexus 9), as well as the LTE enabled Galaxy Tab S which is compatible with their LTE aggregated 4GX network.
The 10.5″ Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be available for $720 from the 25th of November, but they will also offer the Wi-Fi model of the tablet for just $599. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S contains an amazingly high resolution SuperAMOLED screen and is super light and just 6.6mm thin. It’s a great looking and operating tablet, which Jason has been looking at. The LTE version of the tablet should also offer great speeds on the Telstra network as well.
The more exciting – for many of us – tablet that Telstra announced is the newly released Nexus 9. The Nexus 9 from Telstra is strangely Wi-Fi only version of the tablet, with still no launch date for the LTE model showing up from Telstra, or on Google Play. Telstra will begin selling the 16GB Wi-Fi model on the 25th of November for $479, the same price as it’s selling for on the Google Play Store, but without the pesky delivery fee involved.
Also up for grabs is the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, which only just launched here in Australia. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact offers an 8″ FullHD resolution display, with a body that has an IP68 dust and water resistance certification. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be available from Telstra in only the Wi-Fi model from the 9th of December for $499.
Telstra is also going to offer two lower end tablets, offering the HP 8 and Alcatel Pixi 7 – two budget minded models available in Wi-Fi only for under $200. The HP will sell for $199 when it arrives in Telstra stores from the 25th of November, while the Alcatel Pixi 8 will cost just $99 when it arrives on the 9th of December. Specs for both tablets haven’t been made available at this stage and we’ll check with Telstra as soon as possible.
Availability wise the expanded tablet range will be fairly limited :
There’s a decent list of tablets here, and Telstra has also added the Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader into this list for $174, just in time for Christmas. No details on whether Telstra intends to offer the tablets on payment plans but we’ll know more soon.