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Network operator Verizon Wireless has begun taking pre-orders for the LTE-enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, offering the 4G version of the device for $529. The 16GB or 32GB models are available for $529.99 and $629.99, respectively, although customers must agree to a two-year contract in order to get the tablets for those prices. The company originally listed the pre-order date as June 8, and the company’s Web site notes consumers will still have to wait 4-6 weeks for delivery.

The tablet runs Google’s Android 3.1 "Honeycomb" operating system, which includes expandable widgets, support for Google’s USB host API and Open Accessory API, and other capabilities, and is available in metallic gray or glossy white. Verizon said the slate would hit its retail stores later this summer with optional accessories, such as a full-sized keyboard dock and a multimedia docking station. While Verizon is selling a 4G/3G Tab 10.1, rival company T-Mobile’s Tab 10.1 is WiFi-only at this time and will cost customers $499 for the 16GB version and $599 for the 32GB version.

This summer, T-Mobile’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 will receive an over-the-air upgrade to the Samsung TouchWiz UX. This user interface includes a Live Panel menu for customizing the home screen of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with digital pictures, favorite Websites and social-network feeds, and a mini applications tray of frequently used features such as task manager, calendar and music player.

To read the original eWeek article, click here: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4G Offered by Verizon for $529