Telstra and Samsung launch Australia’s first 4G tablet

Feb 28, 2012

SYDNEY, Australia – 28 February 2012 – From today Australians in 4G coverage areas will be able to surf the mobile web on a tablet up to five times faster than before with Telstra and Samsung launching the nation's first 4G-powered tablet. Operating on the Telstra Mobile Network – Australia's only super-fast 4G LTE-enabled network – the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 4G features a high definition 8.9 inch touch screen, a 1.5GHz dual core processor for fast multi-tasking and weighs a mere 470 grams. Warwick Bray, Executive Director, Telstra Mobile, said Australians are adopting mobile tablets in record numbers and super-fast 4G connectivity promised to boost the appeal of tablet technology even further. "4G connectivity is set to make the mobile tablet an even more powerful way for Australians to browse the web, watch video and social network on the move. The leap in internet speeds available on GALAXY Tab 8.9 4G means customers can stream HD video and music over the internet, load magazines faster and enjoy rich internet content traditionally confined to a PC screen. "In 4G coverage areas GALAXY Tab 8.9 4G can offer speeds typically reserved for the office which will make it hugely popular with businesses too. Customers will be able to access email, cloud-hosted applications and documents without the need for a bulky laptop and it's perfect for sharing multimedia content on client visits," Mr Bray said. Tyler McGee, Vice President Telecommunications, Samsung Electronics Australia said "Samsung is delighted to partner with Telstra to offer consumers Australia's first 4G tablet device. We know speed is increasingly important to Australians as is portability and a sleek, stylish form factor, both of which the GALAXY Tab 8.9 4G offers in spades." Using the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 in 4G coverage areas, Telstra customers can:

  • Do more things simultaneously – Load a magazine while synchronising email and downloading a favourite MP3.
  • Browse the mobile web like never before – Load web pages at mobile speeds up to five times faster than Australia's fastest 3G tablets and upload content like photos and video at mobile speeds up to three times faster than before on a tablet.
  • Get productive and connected – Update sales, ordering and logistics information in real-time thanks to a responsive, low latency connection to cloud-hosted documents and applications.
  • Enjoy video with fewer interruptions – Video chat on Google Talk™ with fewer interruptions and stream internet video with less buffering.

GALAXY Tab 8.9 4G runs Android™ 3.2 operating software (upgradable to Android 4.0 in the future) and features a WXGA TFT display (1280 x 800 resolution) fortified by Gorilla® Glass. It is powered by a 6,100mAh battery for hours of entertainment without needing a recharge. It comes with a rear-facing 3-megapixel camera with flash and front-facing 2-megapixel camera. It is available with either 16GB or 32GB of memory on board. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is packed with entertainment, productivity and content sharing services including:

  • Samsung Music Hub**: Select from millions of songs to download into an intuitive playback system. Music Hub also provides artist bios, discographies and reviews.
  • Samsung Readers Hub**: Access a library of more than 2.3 million books, 2,000 newspapers and 3,000 magazines.
  • Polaris™ Office: View and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations while on the move.
  • Google™ Mobile Services**: A suite of Google Mobile Services is preloaded on the Galaxy Tab 8.9 including access to tens of thousands of apps on Android Market™, Gmail™, Google Search™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps and Google Talk™ with video and voice chat.
  • AllShare™ service***: Provides seamless content transfer between the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and other DLNA-enabled devices such as HDTV's, monitors and digital cameras.

Telstra is the first mobile service provider in Australia to offer 4G LTE mobile services and superfast 4G coverage is available in Australia's eight capital city CBDs (meaning the inner-city suburbs and business districts situated within 5km from GPO) plus more than 80 regional and metropolitan centres (meaning within 3km from regional town centre). Customers using GALAXY Tab 8.9 in 4G coverage areas will enjoy typical download speeds ranging from 2Mbps to 40Mbps and typical upload speeds from 1Mbps to 10Mbps. The GALAXY Tab 8.9 is also Australia's first tablet to feature 3G dual channel HSPA+ connectivity. This means customers outside 4G coverage areas can enjoy super fast 3G speeds previously unavailable on tablets in Australia. These typical download speeds range from 1.1Mbps-20Mbps and are available in all capital CBDs and much of the associated metropolitan areas and many regional locations. Outside of these 4G coverage areas the GALAXY Tab 8.9 transitions to Telstra's fast 3G network that reaches 99 per cent of the population. Pricing and availability GALAXY Tab 8.9 4G with 16GB of storage is available from Telstra stores from Tuesday 28 February and can be purchased outright for $720 RRP. A 32GB version will launch shortly and will be available to purchase outright for $840 RRP. They can also be teamed with a plan that includes a generous monthly data allowance and which allows eligible customers to pay the device off over 24 months. GALAXY Tab 8.9 consumer plans

16GB model $29 Data+ Tablet Plan $39 Data+ Tablet Plan $49 Data+ Tablet Plan $89 Data+ Tablet Plan
Device RRP (if purchased outright) $720
Minimum Monthly Plan Spend (Minimum term 24 months) $29 $39 $49 $89
Monthly device repayment, after MRO Bonus credit (for eligible customers) $20 $20 $20 $10
Included monthly Data for use in Australia 1GB 4GB 8GB 15GB
Total Minimum Monthly Spend $49 $59 $69 $99
Min cost over 24 months $1176 $1416 $1656 $2376

Full plan details can be found at: Pre-Paid Offer Customers can purchase GALAXY Tab 8.9 outright and team it with Telstra's Pre-Paid Data+ Cap offer, which allows customers to top up data as and when they need. A range of recharge denominations are available. More details can be found at: Telstra Business plans Telstra Business customers will be able to purchase the GALAXY Tab 8.9 from 6 March and team it with a range of Telstra Mobile Broadband® Member Plans over 24 months, including Shared plans, giving business customers the ability to share unused data across eligible services on the same account while in Australia. Media contacts: Edelman for Samsung Australia, Jen Crowcroft, 0413 487 721 Email: Telstra, Peter Symons, 0407 709 654. Email: Actual speeds vary due to factors such as location, distance from base station. local terrain, user numbers, hardware and software configuration, and download source/upload destination. Visit for details of coverage locations. ** Internet access is required. Internet, data download and subscription fees may apply. ***Peripheral devices may be required for Allshare connectivity. Facebook is a registered trade mark of Facebook, Inc. Android, Android Market, Gmail, Google Search, Google Maps and Google Talk are trade marks of Google, Inc. Gorilla® Glass - Gorilla Glass is a trademark of Corning Inc. Polaris™ Office - Polaris Office is a trademark owned by Infraware, Inc. AllShare™ service – AllShare is a trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. ™ and ® are trade marks and registered trade marks of Telstra Corporation Limited ABN 33 051 775 556 SPECIFICATIONS Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 4G

Network LTE 1,800
HSPA+ 850 / 2,100
EDGE / GPRS 850 / 900 / 1,800 / 1,900
OS Android™ 3.2 (Honeycomb)
Display 8.9” WXGA 1280 x 800
Processor 1.5GHz Dual Core application processor
Camera Main(Rear) : 3.0-Mega Pixel Camera AF with LED Flash
Front : 2.0-Mega Pixel Camera
Video Format : MPEG4 / H263 / H264, Divx / Xvid
Recording : 720p HD Video
3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker
Enterprise Solutions Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
Polaris Office
Value-added Features Android Market™
Google Mobile Services :
Google™ Talk Video Chat, Google™ Maps, Books, etc
Samsung TouchWiz UX
Samsung Mini Apps Tray
Social Hub, Music Hub, Readers Hub
Adobe Flash Player 11
Connectivity Bluetooth® technology v 3.0
USB 2.0
WiFi 802.11 (a/b/g/n)
Sensor Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light sensor
Memory 16GB or 32GB models
*Size 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6mm, 470g
Battery 6,100mAh

All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation. About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company operates two separate organisations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognised for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world's most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit