4G Galaxy Tab 10.1 ships today, major update in August

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Samsung has announced that the LTE version of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet will be available from Verizon starting today. The 16GB model will sell for $530 with a two-year contract while the 32GB variant will retail for $630 under the same conditions. Users can choose one of three data plans: $30 per month for 2GB; $50 for 5GB; or $80 for 10GB -- which they'll be able to burn at download speeds between 5-12Mbps in areas with 4G coverage.

The Wi-Fi-only model, which has been on sale in the U.S. since last month, will also be available at Verizon stores priced at the regular $500 for 16GB or $600 for 32GB. 4G or not, the device itself arguably the best Android-based tablet on the market, featuring a 10.1-inch HD touch-screen display with 1,280-by-800 resolution, Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor, front and back facing cameras, as well as Android 3.1 Honeycomb.

It's also the thinnest tablet on the market at 8.6 millimeters thick, just a hair less than the iPad 2's 8.8 millimeters, while weighing in at just 1.25 lbs. The addition of LTE connectivity will give Samsung the upper hand on another front.

In a separate announcement Samsung invited members of the press to the unveiling of a "major software update" next month, which is expected to bring a fully customizable TouchWiz UX, Live Panel, Mini-Apps, and a redesigned interface for the Samsung Media Hub. It will also include some preloaded apps and various enterprise offerings.

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