This is hardly the biggest news coming out of AT&T today. But amid reports that the Justice Department is suing to block its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, AT&T also announced that it is ramping up for its LTE rollout with a new tablet.
The HTC Jetstream, the company’s latest tablet, is a 10.1-inch Honeycomb slate, available nationwide on Sunday. In addition to its iPad-sized screen, the tablet also has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and front and rear facing cameras. It will cost $699.99 with a two-year contract. AT&T customers will be able to receive discounted tablet pricing after committing to a two-year agreement for a new postpaid $35, 3GB monthly data plan.
AT&T customers who buy early will also get a free HTC Scribe — the pen accessory that’s used now with the HTC Flyer/HTC EVO View 4G — to use with the tablet’s Notes app. As on that 7-inch tablet, the Scribe will let users capture screenshots and annotate them. The tablet also seems to have the same sort of Evernote integration as the Flyer. Sold separately, the Scribe currently costs $80.
On Tuesday, the company also announced that the company will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S II on Sept. 18, and it will support the company’s 4G HSPA+ network. Sprint will be carrying the phone on Sept. 16 as the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch with a slightly larger 4.52-inch screen. The nation’s third-largest carrier already has the phone up for pre-order — it will cost $200 with a two-year contract.
T-Mobile hasn’t yet announced a release date for its model. As expected, Verizon will not be carrying the phone.