Samsung on Thursday is launching the 4G-capable Galaxy Tab 10.1, the company announced today.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with a 10.1-inch display and runs on the 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor. The Android-based 4G tablet comes in the user's choice of Metallic Gray or Glossy White, and like the previously released version of the device, also allows users to connect to the Web via Wi-Fi.
Verizon started offering pre-orders on the 4G-ready Galaxy Tab 10.1 last month. The 16GB model retails for $529.99, while the 32GB option goes for $629.99. If customers connect to Verizon's LTE network, they'll need to choose one of Verizon's three data plans, which cost $30, $50, and $80 per month for 2GB, 5GB, and 10GB of data usage, respectively.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is arguably the best Android-based tablet on the market. As CNET's Eric Franklin pointed out in his review of the tablet earlier this year, Samsung's device "gets as close to the iPad 2 as any Android tablet before it." But with the help of 4G, Samsung has added an important feature to its tablet that the iPad 2 lacks. Apple's tablet currently only allows for Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.
Even so, Samsung will have a long way to go to even come close to catching Apple's tablet. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company announced last week that it sold 9.25 million iPads during its fiscal third quarter.
Further reading: CNET's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review