We knew the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 would make an appearance at IFA later this week, but we didn’t know it would come packing 4G. While we await the official release date for the 8.9-inch Honeycomb tablet Samsung announced last spring at CTIA (which only sported Wi-Fi connectivity), we now also await its 4G variant with full LTE compatibility.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE will now join the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G as Samsung’s Honeycomb 4G tablets. Though Samsung did not disclose carrier information (and the Tab 8.9 LTE may be intended for Europe only), the Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G is currently available from Verizon, which supports LTE. AT&T has also recently begun rolling out its LTE network in recent months, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Tab 8.9 pop up for that carrier as well.
Samsung also announced plans for an LTE edition of its Galaxy S II smartphone.
This is the first official news from Samsung for IFA. Last year, Samsung used the venue, often dubbed European CES by organizers, to unveil the original seven-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab. This year, Sammy is expected to announce the Galaxy Tab 7.7 Android tablet, Galaxy Note, and the Galaxy Wave III smartphone.
There is also speculation that Samsung could unveil a device previously known as the Samsung Galaxy Q, a 5.3-inch tablet/smartphone hybrid Android device.