Well what do we have here? HP just announced on its official blog that the HP TouchPad 4G will be making its way to AT&T's network, just like a leaked roadmap revealed earlier this month. There's no word yet on pricing but HP does promise that the TouchPad 4G will be launching in time for the back to school season. As for specs, this new flavor of TouchPad will feature a 1.5GHz processor — a bump from the WiFi-only version's 1.2GHz core — as well as 32GB of storage and AT&T 4G connectivity. And by AT&T 4G, I mean 21Mbps HSPA+, not LTE.
What does feature LTE, though, are the two new mobile broadband products that AT&T announced today. The USBConnect Momentum 4G and Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G will be AT&T's first LTE-capable devices and, as you could probably guess by the names, are a USB modem and a mobile hotspot. Both devices will launch this summer and can fall back on AT&T's HSPA+ network when you're out of LTE range. Expect the Momentum 4G to cost $49.99 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate. The Elevate 4G, which can connect up to five devices simultaneously, will set you back $69.99 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate.
It's kind of interesting to see HP reveal a faster version of the TouchPad less than two weeks after it originally launched the WiFi model, and even though this new model will likely cost more and won't be out for a while longer, I wouldn't be surprised if early adopters of the 1.2GHz model are feeling a little burned right now. As for those of you that have been considering picking a TouchPad up but haven't pulled the trigger, it looks like your patience may have just paid off. Anyone considering snagging a TouchPad 4G on AT&T?
HP TouchPad 4G to Launch on AT&T Mobile Broadband Network
Connected webOS tablet is a productivity powerhouse for businesses and consumers
PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that the HP TouchPad 4G(1) will be available exclusively in the United States on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T, in time for back to school.(2)
“Consumers and small business customers are seeking cutting-edge mobile computing devices that offer easy access to the web and the ability to stay in touch with friends and clients on the go”
With a faster 1.5-GHz processor, 32 GB of internal storage(3), integrated GPS(4) and AT&T wireless mobile broadband capabilities built in, the connected version of HP’s first webOS tablet lets users browse the web, check email and get more done in more places – not just Wi-Fi hotspots.
“TouchPad 4G is ideal for anyone who needs maximum flexibility for productivity on the go,” said David Gee, vice president, Marketing and Enterprise Solutions, webOS, Personal Systems Group, HP. “It’s particularly well suited for users who rely on connectivity in the field – from large corporations to small businesses and self-employed mobile professionals.”
“Consumers and small business customers are seeking cutting-edge mobile computing devices that offer easy access to the web and the ability to stay in touch with friends and clients on the go,” said David Haight, vice president, Business Development, Emerging Devices, AT&T. “The TouchPad 4G is a sharp, multifunctional device that delivers the perfect set of features. Pairing it with the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network and most extensive Wi-Fi network gives TouchPad 4G users the best mobile broadband experience in the market.”
AT&T’s fast mobile broadband network will enable HP TouchPad 4G users to download large files quickly, stay on top of emails, and access favorite websites with ease. With AT&T’s DataConnect Plans for Tablets, users can buy the prepaid or postpaid mobile broadband data service that fits their needs, whether they’re an occasional user or want to stay connected all the time. HP TouchPad 4G users also will be able to take advantage of unlimited access to more than 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots nationwide with qualifying data plans.(5)
With support for Adobe® Flash Player Beta; video calling capabilities; the ability to print wirelessly to compatible networked HP printers; Quickoffice to view Microsoft® Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files; and Adobe Reader to view PDFs, HP TouchPad is a true productivity powerhouse. It automatically syncs personal and work emails, contacts and calendars from sources such as Microsoft Exchange, Facebook and Google into a single view.(6)
With webOS, TouchPad users also have a next-level multitasking experience, integrated access to their information with HP Synergy, the ability to find information on the device or the web using the Just Type feature, and unobtrusive notifications. HP TouchPad is designed to help users accomplish more, letting them connect, play, surf and share more easily.
Optional accessories for HP TouchPad include the HP Touchstone Charging Dock, the HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard and the HP TouchPad Case.
U.S. pricing and availability
The HP TouchPad 4G on the AT&T mobile broadband network will be available through HP commercial channels, AT&T Business Services and major retailers. Specific pricing and dates will be available at a later date.
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Editor’s note: Media can access high-resolution images and video in the HP webOS Media Library at www.hpwebos.com/mml.
(1) TouchPad 4G is an HSPA+ Category 14 device that supports download speed of up to 21Mbps. Wireless connection requires wireless data service contract and network support, and is not available in all areas. Contact service provider to determine the coverage area and availability. Connection speeds will vary due to location, environment, network conditions and other factors. AT&T 4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul and are available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. More information available at att.com/network.
(2) Mobile broadband not available everywhere.
(3) User-available storage subject to change based on system software and application usage.
(4) Within wireless coverage area only. Voice-activated, as-you-go, turn-by-turn directions sold separately. Not available in all regions. Check with carrier for availability.
(5) Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. Wi-Fi-enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. Details and locations available at www.attwifi.com.
(6) Within wireless coverage area only. Microsoft Exchange email, contacts and calendars available for ActiveSync only; requires Microsoft Outlook using Exchange Server 2003 with SP2, Exchange Server 2007 or Exchange Server 2010.
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4G LTE Devices To Arrive For AT&T Customers
New 4G LTE-Compatible USBConnect and Mobile Hotspot Devices Coming This Summer
Dallas, Texas, July 12, 2011
AT&T* customers can soon purchase two new 4G LTE devices1, the AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G and AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G.
The AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G features plug-and-play installation of AT&T Communication Manager and access to AT&T’s entire national Wi-Fi network.2
The AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G includes a 1.77-inch display and connects up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to the Internet.
Both devices offer an expandable memory slot that supports microSD cards up to 32 GB and global connectivity with data roaming in more than 200 countries.3
AT&T plans to launch 4G LTE service in five markets this summer – Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio - and extend it to at least 15 markets and to cover 70 million Americans by the end of 2011.
With plug-and-play installation that takes about 60 seconds to complete on Windowscomputers, AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G customers can access 4G LTE speeds, where available, and when out of range have access to AT&T’s nationwide HSPA+ network, delivering 4G speeds when combined with enhanced backhaul. They can also take advantage of unlimited usage on AT&T’s entire national Wi-Fi network if using a post-paid data plan, and manage their connections and data usage with the preloaded AT&T Communication Manager.
The company’s first 4G LTE mobile hotspot device, the AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G, allows access to 4G LTE speeds on up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices in select markets. Email, browse, download presentations and more when you’re out and about – without skipping a beat no matter if you are on LTE or AT&T’s nationwide HSPA+ network. With no software to install and an LCD screen to guide you, setting up AT&T Mobile Hotspot is fast and easy. Just power it up and connect your laptop using the Wi-Fi network name and security key displayed on the screen. Easily view device and connection status on the LCD, including battery status, signal strength, and data usage.
In addition to 4G speeds and an expandable memory slot, both Sierra Wireless-manufactured devices support global connectivity in more than 200 countries at international roaming rates.
“AT&T recognizes that customers want a consistent, responsive network performance from major cities to their neighborhood. Our deployment of 4G LTE technology backed by our nationwide HSPA+ network allows us to give customers a superior mobile broadband experience today and for years to come,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “As we begin to roll out our 4G LTE network this year, AT&T customers will be able to choose from several new LTE devices, starting with the AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G and AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G.”
Price and Availability
AT&T will begin selling the AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G in black and silver for $49.99 with two-year contract after a $50 mail-in-rebate. The AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G will be available in black for $69.99 with 2-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. AT&T expects both devices will be available this summer online and in company-owned retail stores.
AT&T recently announced plans to roll out its 4G LTE network in five markets – Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio – later this summer. Customers with compatible devices and 4G LTE coverage in those markets will be able to enjoy access to 4G LTE speeds as AT&T’s 4G LTE network is turned up.
As AT&T rolls out 4G LTE, customers outside of its 4G LTE footprint will have access to AT&T’s HSPA+ network. When combined with enhanced backhaul, HSPA+ enables 4G speeds that are up to four times faster than AT&T’s already fast mobile broadband speeds. Because AT&T has taken the extra step of deploying HSPA+ technology with enhanced backhaul, its customers will have access to consistently fast mobile broadband speeds when moving out of 4G LTE areas.
By the end of 2011, AT&T plans to offer 4G LTE to customers in at least 15 markets, covering 70 million Americans. In addition, the company plans to add 20 4G devices to its portfolio this year, with some of those being LTE compatible.
Learn more about AT&T’s LTE network, the AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G and AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G at http://www.att.com/, www.att.com/attusbconnectmomentum4g and www.att.com/attmobilehotspotelevate4g.
AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G Specifications
HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz)
EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
Expandable Memory: MicroSD up to 32 GB
Dimensions: 2.6’ L x 1.02’ W x 0.51’ H
Weight: Approximately 1.06 ounces
OS Support: Apple® Mac® OS (v10.5 or later), Microsoft ® Windows® 7, Vista®, XP SP3 (32 bit only)
AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G Specifications
HSPA+/HSPA (850/1900/2100 MHz)
EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
Wi-Fi® 802.11 b/g/n
WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) enabled
Display: 1.77 inches, 160x128 pixels color LCD
Web UI for settings and advanced features
Dimensions: 3.8" L x 2.2" W x 0.7" D
Weight: 3.6 ounces
Battery: 1800 mAh
Expandable Memory: MicroSD™ up to 32 GB
Use time: Up to 5hours
Supported OS: Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP, Mac® OS (v10.5 or later), Ubuntu Linux® 9.04
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
1. Limited 4GLTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ (with enhanced backhaul) and LTE, where available. Compatible data plan required. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.
2. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.
3. International Roaming: Requires compatible device. Availability, quality of coverage and service while roaming are not guaranteed. International roaming rates apply outside the U.S.