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Sprint to become first U.S. carrier to offer Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab 10.1

The third largest cellular network in America will begin selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 this coming June 24th

While the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been available in the U.S. since mid-June, Sprint is gearing up to sell the tablet through its outlets as well and in doing so will be the first U.S. carrier to officially sell the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab.

The Galaxy Tab up for grabs will not have 3G or 4G capabilities, however, and will instead be the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the tablet. Sprint has recently done the same with the RIM PlayBook, offering only the Wi-Fi model sans any mobile telecommunications hardware. Instead, the company will be relying on the end-user to equip the Galaxy Tab with a Sprint MiFi hotspot for 3G/4G connectivity. Of course, this will cost extra, as the MiFi currently runs for $79 in the Sprint online store.

Otherwise, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be equipped with the usual dual-core 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, 1280x800 resolution screen, 1GB RAM, front and rear cameras and Android Honeycomb OS. While a USB port is absent, an official USB adapter is available for $20.

Users looking for a Galaxy Tab 10.1 with built-in cellular hardware will have to wait for the rumored LTE-enabled 4G model for Verizon. Meanwhile, the WiFi-only model should be hitting Sprint stores starting June 24th for $500 (Electronista has incorrectly reported a launch date of July 24th).


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Allen Ngo, 2011-06-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)