Samsung, Fujitsu tabs power DoCoMo LTE service

Japan's DoCoMo is launching Samsung's Galaxy and Fujitsu's Arrows tablets for its Xi LTE network in October.

Japanese users can watch digital TV broadcasts on Fujitsu's Arrows tab. DoCoMo

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo announced today it will launch two 10.1-inch tablets running Android 3.2 in October for its new LTE phone service.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE SC-01D and Fujitsu's Arrows Tab LTE F-01D will be the first tablets on the Xi (pronounced "Crossy") service and will come with a three-month free subscription to Hulu, which announced it is expanding to Japan this year.

The Samsung tab weighs 1.2 pounds and is an optimized version of the Galaxy 10.1 for DoCoMo's LTE service, poised to take on competition from Apple products on the rival Softbank network.

Fujitsu's Arrows is a waterproof, 1.3-pound tab that can receive digital TV signals and respond to gestural commands, eliminating the need to touch it to select items. DoCoMo suggests it's perfect for use in the bathtub or kitchen.

DoCoMo launched Xi in December in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, as the first of its kind in Japan. It advertises downlinks of up to 75 megabits per second, about 10 times faster than DoCoMo's current FOMA 3G service.

The phone giant announced a plan for Xi allowing 7 gigabytes of data use for a flat rate of 5,985 yen ($77). The Galaxy and Arrows tabs will be priced in the low 20,000 yen range ($260 to $325), according to the Nikkei newspaper.

"New possibilities will open up when high-speed, large-volume data communication and large-screen tablet-type terminals are combined," Nikkei quoted DoCoMo President Ryuji Yamada as saying at a news conference in Tokyo.

 

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