As expected, this morning Verizon officially added two new Android tablets to its lineup of 4G LTE enabled devices. Those being the LG G Pad 8.3, and the massive 12.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Note Pro tablet.
One of these devices is priced to sell and should be pretty popular amongst tablet buyers looking for a 4G LTE device. And the other, well, is simply priced out of reach. The LG G Pad is available for just $99 with a new 2-year contract, or $299 outright, which is actually lower than the WiFi model being $349. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2-inch tablet is $850. Yes, $850, and getting it with a 2-year contract doesn’t lower the cost much.
We get it. The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is an impressive tablet packed full of stunning features, an S-Pen for taking notes on the display, creating content, and has a beautiful faux-leather design all covering up a new interface and Android 4.4 KitKat. That said, the LG G Pad 8.3 has a brilliant 1080p display too, a quad-core processor, and is only $299.
Verizon is asking $850 for the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, and if you’d like to sign away a 2-year contact agreement that price drops down to $749. That’s it, $100 off to sign a 2-year contract. But hey, that comes with free overnight shipping if you order online.
The $749 price may be pretty high, but you’re getting arguably the best tablet around. The 12.2-inch display sports a gorgeous 2560 x 1600 resolution screen, the tablet is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, micro-SD support for adding additional storage, a Infrared port for remote control abilities, and of course the S-Pen stylus.
The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is one of the most feature-packed tablets available today, but it’s also rather large and certainly isn’t extremely portable. Lugging around a 12.2-inch device with 4G LTE isn’t ideal, but for those who need it, it could be extremely useful.
The $749 and $849 price may be a bit hard to swallow, and possibly out of reach for many, but hopefully we see some deals or discounts in the future.