Verizon and AT&T get the most ink for their super-fast LTE networks in the US, but they aren’t alone. Regional carrier US Cellular has been working on gaining a foothold for LTE in various markets, and the tried-and-tested Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be the first device to take advantage of it. The Android Honeycomb tablet is launching on the network’s website and in retail stores today. The price is $499 with the 5GB data plan or $599 with the 200MB plan, both after a $100 mail-in rebate, but there’s a special introductory price of $399 at the moment.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is getting a little long in the tooth, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less of an excellent device. The 10.1-inch LCD screen uses a resolution of 1280×800 to display Samsung’s TouchWiz-skinned version of Android 3.2, with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and a full gigabyte of RAM powering it. The US Cellular version is getting the larger 32GB storage capacity, a blessing since there’s no MicroSD card slot. The rear camera is just 3.2 megapixels, but still manages 720p recording.
US Cellular’s LTE network is only in a handful of markets in Texas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina and Iowa at the moment, but of course the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will work on the carrier’s 3G network as well. The Samsung Galaxy S Aviator (AKA a re-branded version of the DROID Charge) should follow on the network in a few weeks at most, for those who want their speed in a smaller package. Head on over to US Cellar’s website if you’re interested.