Sprint announces four new LTE products, including Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and LG MachAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Sprint has steadily been growing its roster of 4G LTE-capable devices in recent months, and today the carrier announced another quartet of new LTE products that it'll soon be adding to its shelves. First up is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, which is the company's first LTE-enabled Android tablet. The Tab 2 10.1 features a 10.1-inch 1280x800 display and VGA camera on its front, as well as a 3-megapixel shooter around back. Inside the slate is a 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8960 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage and a 7,000mAh battery. The Tab 2 10.1 also boasts a microSD slot and Sprint LTE connectivity, with mobile hotspot support for up to 10 devices. Expect the Tab 2 10.1 to come preloaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Next is the LG Optimus G, which was confirmed to be Now Network-bound last week. Sprint's Optimus G will feature a 4.7-inch 1280x768 True HD IPS Plus display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 13-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front cameras, 2GB RAM, 32GB ROM and a 2,100mAh battery. It, too, will come to market with Android 4.0 in tow, along with some LG software touches like QSlide and QuickMemo.
The LG Mach is a device that QWERTY keyboard addicts may want to keep an eye out for. This device touts a slide-out physical keyboard as well as a body that measures 0.48 inches thick. Packed inside that frame is a 1.2GHz dual-core MSM8960 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, microSD slot and a 1,700mAh battery. The screen on the Mach is of the 4-inch, 800x480 variety, and there's also 5-megapixel rear and 0.3-megapixel front cameras. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be the OS that comes preinstalled on the Mach.
Finally, Sprint plans to offer a new USB stick that offers 3G, 4G WiMAX and 4G LTE connectivity. Dubbed the Sprint Plug-in-Connect Tri-Mode USB, the device has a fold-away USB connector as well as an LED service indicator. It measures 35mm x 84mm x 15 mm and will work with Windows as well as Mac machines.
So when will you Sprint folk be able to open up your wallets for these various products? Unfortunately, Sprint isn't ready to talk release or pricing details quite yet, saying that availability details for all four devices will be announced at a later date. If you're a Sprint customer already has access to your carrier's LTE network, or if your town is one of the many that are expected to be lit up with LTE coverage soon, at least you know that you'll soon have a handful of new products to hop onto that service with. Sprint full announcement of all four devices is available below.
Bold 4G LTE Lineup from Sprint Gains Four New Powerhouse Devices – Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, LG Optimus G, LG Mach and Sprint Plug-in-Connect Tri-Mode USB
First 4G LTE tablet from Sprint, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 offers Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and beautiful 10.1-inch display for entertainment and productivity
Photobugs will delight with high-powered LG Optimus G featuring an advanced 13MP camera
SAN DIEGO (BUSINESS WIRE), October 09, 2012 - As part of Sprint’s (NYSE:S) commitment to bring customers the best 4G LTE experience combined with the value of Truly UnlimitedSM data on smartphones, four new devices will soon be added to Sprint’s already impressive 4G LTE lineup: Samsung Galaxy Tab® 2 10.1, LG Optimus G™, LG Mach™ and Sprint Plug-in-Connect Tri-mode USB. Pricing and availability for each device will be shared at a later date.
These four new 4G LTE additions will be available this fall and will provide customers powerful devices that fit their lifestyles:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is the first tablet to combine the benefits of Sprint 3G and 4G LTE with a vivid 10.1-inch touchscreen display, Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.
LG Optimus G features an advanced 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, making it a dream device for photo lovers who are ready to leave their point-and-shoot at home and just carry their smartphone.
LG Mach makes 4G LTE accessible as an inexpensive yet sleek smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard and Sprint ID.
Sprint Plug-in-Connect Tri-Mode USB brings Sprint 3G/4G/4G LTE directly to a laptop through a USB connection.
“Sprint is continually recognized as having one of the best device lineups in the industry and we are committed to bringing our customers 4G LTE to all the products they enjoy,” said David Owens, vice president of Product, Sprint. “We strive to be an innovation leader and this group of devices represent the continual expansion of 4G products to Sprint’s portfolio.”
Meet the New Fab Four
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 brings to life the data capabilities of the Sprint 4G LTE Network on a large beautiful display making it the ideal device to watch a video, listen to music, check email or surf the Web.
The new tablet offers endless content access in a sleek design that maximizes the home entertainment experience. Using the built-in IR Blaster, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 can be used as a universal smart remote that helps users easily find their favorite TV shows.
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 boasts two cameras, a rear-facing 3-megapixel camera with LED flash and video capture for taking pictures of life’s important moments as they happen and a front-facing VGA camera for Face Unlock and video chat. Additionally, on-device encryption and VPN access ensure the tablet is secure for business use. The 7,000 mAh battery keeps the devices connected throughout the day, and the 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously.
LG Optimus G, the latest superphone from LG Electronics, combines the Sprint 4G LTE Network with the power of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon™ S4 Pro CPU quad-core processor to create an extremely fast and incredible mobile experience. Equipped with a high-density 2,100 mAh battery and impressive 4.7-inch True HD (high-definition) IPS Plus display, LG Optimus G users can seamlessly multitask between personal, business and entertainment needs and go beyond the boundaries of traditional on-the-go smartphone capabilities.
Beyond the advanced 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, LG Optimus G has unique camera capabilities including Time Catch Shot, which empowers users to choose the best photo among various shots taken before the shutter button is pressed, and “cheese shutter,” which allows users to take a photo by just saying the word “cheese.” Additional features include 32 GB of internal memory, a 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus Display (1280 x 768) and the Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
An ideal entry point into 4G LTE, LG Mach will be one of the thinnest devices with a QWERTY keyboard offered by Sprint. Additionally, its 5-megapixel camera with LED flash allows users to capture images in a snap, and the front-facing camera makes video conferencing a breeze. Full 1080p HD recording and playback allows users to watch streaming movies on the go, or show off those videos to friends and family.
Featuring Sprint ID, LG Mach allows users to cut through the clutter of more than 600,000 apps in the Google Play store by selecting from a variety of mobile ID packs featuring apps, ringers, wallpapers, widgets and more. Sprint ID packs currently include Green, Fashion and Beauty, E!, MTV Music, CMT and NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Sprint expands its 4G mobile broadband portfolio with the addition of the first tri-mode USB device, Sprint Plug-in-Connect Tri-Mode USB. It provides an easy-to-use mobile broadband solution for instant connectivity and enhanced productivity while on-the-go.
With no software to install or startup delay, the Plug-in-Connect Tri-mode USB works just like an Ethernet cable – just plug in and go. For business customers, the device gives the flexibility that mobile workers need with real-time access to company resources, networks and data. Additional features include a fold-away USB connector, LED service status indicator and hands-free activation.
All smartphones, including LG Optimus G and LG Mach, require activation on one of the Sprint Everything Data plans starting at just $79.99 per month (taxes and fees excluded) with Truly Unlimited data, text and calling to any mobile. No throttling, no metering and no overages, all while on the Sprint network. With Sprint’s Everything Data and other plans that include Truly Unlimited data, Sprint is continuing its history of data leadership by making it easy for its customers to use data in all the ways that are useful to them, such as news, email, music, TV and GPS navigation, without worrying about data overages on their monthly bill.
Sprint 4G LTE is available in 24 cities[i] and is expected to be in more than 100 additional cities in coming months. Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and expects to have largely completed the nationwide build-out by the end of 2013. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.
Sprint will host the 12th annual Open Solutions Conference on Oct. 24-25 at the San Jose, Calif., Convention Center, offering developers, ecosystem partners and executive attendees an up-close view into the latest app developing tools and capabilities, keynote presentations from Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and other industry leaders, breakout sessions, coding sessions, event sponsor exhibits, and business-critical networking opportunities. Registration is open at http://developer.sprint.com/OSC2012.
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Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.