August 31, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
AT&T and HTC have confirmed that the HTC Jetstream will be available on the nation’s largest carrier. And to the delight of anyone in AT&T’s LTE coverage area, the device will support real 4G as well as HSPA+ in select markets.
The Jetstream is HTC’s first Android Honeycomb tablet. However, the standard Android 3.1 gets a makeover as it includes HTC Sense UX geared specifically for Honeycomb. The icons and widgets have been reskinned, and the HTC Scribe system for annotations and drawings is a prominent feature of the Jetstream. In fact, users who purchase the tablet for a limited time will get the HTC Scribe digital pen for free.
AT&T will have an exclusive on the Jetstream beginning September 4. It will cost $699.99 with a new 2-year contract. Data plans start at $14.99 for 250 MB, $25 for 2 GB, or $35 for 3 GB. Contract customers who go over their allotted data will be charged an extra $10 per gig.
That’s a rather expensive proposition, but AT&T and HTC seem to think users will flock to the Jetstream because, as the name implies, it’s a quick-moving tablet.
“HTC Jetstream combines the acclaimed HTC Sense experience with Android Honeycomb to provide an innovative and engaging experience on a 10.1 inch tablet,” said Martin Fichter, acting president, HTC Americas Region. ”Paired with AT&T’s upcoming 4G LTE speed and mobility, HTC Jetstream delivers connectivity for social and entertainment needs alongside productivity and creativity tools in a portable package.”
While that’s true Mr. Fichter, the sticker shock of such an expensive target will be hard to overcome. I still contend the Motorola Xoom would have been more successful were it not for the expensive costs of using it on a network or if a Wi-Fi version was available at launch. A 10-inch Honeycomb tablet may very well be appealing, but a 10-inch Honeycomb tablet for $699 and required 2-year contract is a tougher sell. We’ll see if these specs and Sense UX can overpower consumer concerns about costs.
- LTE (700/AWS)
- HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz)
- EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
- Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
- HTC Sense™ UX for tablets
- Display: 10.1″ WXGA HD screen
- Processor: Third-generation Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- Camera: Front Facing 1.3 MP, Rear facing 8 MP and Dual LED Flash
- Battery: 7,300 mAh
- Expandable Memory: MicroSD up to 32 GB
- Dimensions: 7″ (l) x 9.87″ (w) x 51″ (d)
- Weight: 25 ounces