TELUS says the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE is “coming soon”

Ian Hardy

December 17, 2011 8:38am

TELUS set their 2012 financial targets yesterday and for wireless they expect to bring in between $5.75 to $5.9 billion, up 5.5 to 8% – mainly driven by a “growth in data and roaming revenues” and “healthy additions of wireless smartphones”. In addition, TELUS is expecting to launch their LTE (Long Term Evolution) network in 2012. The press release stated we can expect to see it go live “in urban markets”, so most likely the similar locations as Bell and Rogers in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal.

One of the first devices that will be able to reach LTE speeds on TELUS’ network is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE. This Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet is now listed on their website as “coming soon”, but also indicates that it “runs on the TELUS’ 4G network”. Bell recently released this for $429.95 on a 3-year term and $649.95 outright – so depending on when TELUS releases it you can expect similar pricing.

Check out our full review of the 8.9 here, quick rundown of specs has this tablet coming with an 8.9-inch touchscreen display (1280×800), 1.5 Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 3MP camera with a 2MP front-facing camera, WiFi. Dimensions are 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm and weighs 455 grams.

More here at TELUS
(Thanks Kevin!)

  • Sean

    How about they get an LTE network with phones first then come out with LTE tablets

  • Moose

    I think if Telus forgets its western roots and doesn’t at least include Calgary or Edmonton in its initial roll out of their LTE network there will be alot of people in western canada wondering what they have supported them for. I know several business that are just waiting for LTE in Calgary and will gladly switch to whoever has it first. Telus doesnt want to lose the western business market it has done well to gain support in.

  • telus employee

    There is lte testing going on right now in Calgary. Telus’ lte will most likely launch in all major cities at the same time

  • Dave

    Being a little pessimistic here but remember how ‘coming soon’ meant a 4/5 month wait for the galaxy s2 X? concerned I haven’t set up their LTE services yet. I have a feeling LTE devices won’t be available until probably this summer or early fall. Although hopefully after that the LTE devices will start rolling out regularly.

  • Croak

    The Tab LTE also supports 42Mbs DC HSPA+, which is available pretty much everywhere in the Bellus network, which means they don’t have to wait for LTE rollout to start selling it.

  • arcsvibe

    I used to work for Telus a while back. In Quebec at least every tablet launch was a disaster. Playbooks and Zooms just sat in our backstores gathering dust. Hope it works for them this time.

  • Telus employee

    Telus has been testing LTE in the Vancouver market for months. Only a few key people know the launch date to the public, but I think it is fair to say first of second quarter.