EE Adds Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Google Nexus 7 To Its 4G Tablet Lineup
Until today, tablets users in the United Kingdom would have had to pick up a new iPad mini to gain access to super speedy 4G connectivity on the go. But that’s no longer the case. EE, the U.K.’s first and only 4G network, has this morning announced some new additions to its tablet lineup, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, and the Google Nexus 7. The latter, which doesn’t actually come with 4G capabilities, will be bundled with an Huawei E589 mobile Wi-Fi dongle.
The Galaxy Note 10.1, which just began receiving its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade, offers a 10.1-inch 800×1280 display, a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with the Mali-400MP GPU, and up to 32GB of internal storage — expandable via microSD. It also features a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of shooting 720p video, and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. Like other Galaxy Note devices, the slate comes bundled with Samsung’s S Pen stylus.
EE is offering the Galaxy Note 10.1 on a number of data plans, starting at £26 (approx. $42) per month for 3GB of data, which requires a £250 (approx. $403) upfront fee. There’s also a 5GB plan at £31 (approx. $50) per month with a £200 (approx. $322) upfront fee, and an 8GB plan at £36 (approx. $58) per month with a £100 (approx. $161) upfront fee.
The Nexus 7, Google’s latest tablet, offers a 7-inch (800×1280) HD display, a 1.2GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. Because it doesn’t come with 4G connectivity, the device is bundled with an Huawei E589 mobile Wi-Fi dongle, which you’ll have to carry around for 4G access.
The Nexus 7 is available on the same plans as the Galaxy Note 10.1, however, its upfront fees are cheaper, being a cheaper device in the first place. The 3GB plan will cost you £50 (approx. $81) upfront, while the 5GB and 8GB plans will both cost £30 (approx. $48) upfront.
EE’s 4G coverage will be available in 18 cities across the U.K. by the end of 2012, with an additional 17 to be added by March 2013.