Verizon to sell Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Thursday for $600

The wireless carrier will offer a 16GB version of the tablet in stores and online for $100 more than the Wi-Fi-only version.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is available this week at Verizon. Josh Miller/CNET
The LTE version of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available at Verizon Wireless this week, expanding the Korean electronics giant's reach with its tablet.

The device will hit online and in Verizon stores Thursday and will cost $599.99 for 16GB of internal flash storage. That compares to the retail price for Wi-Fi-only versions of $499.99 for 16GB or $549.99 for 32GB .

Verizon customers can use the device on a prepaid plan or connect it to a "Share Everything" plan, Verizon said. They can add or remove the Galaxy Note 10.1 from the shared plan at any time and don't have to activate a data plan immediately when buying the device.

Verizon's prepaid plans for tablets range from $20 a month for 1GB of data to $80 a month for 10GB. Share Everything costs $10 a month per tablet for line access and then whatever the pooled data costs. For example, unlimited talk and text with 4GB of shared data would be $70 a month (plus the line access fees).

While Android tablets largely still lag the iPad, some have started to take off. Samsung's Note line of product has given the company a boost, with an executive telling CNET at Mobile World Congress last week that its tablet sales should double this year. That's a big change from Samsung's original Galaxy Tab, which failed to make a dent in the market and only helped further illustrate the dominance of Apple and its iPad at the time.

Samsung has been expanding its Note line of devices, which include an S Pen stylus for writing on the device, as well as multiscreen viewing and advanced security features. Along with the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the smaller phablet -- Galaxy Note 2 -- Samsung last week unveiled its 8-inch tablet, the Galaxy Note 8.

The LTE version of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 arrived in Korea in November. Samsung said in January that the device would soon arrive at Verizon.

Updated at 7:45 a.m. PT with Verizon plan details.

 

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