Samsung Phablets and Tablets Go LTE

Photos of Samsung’s Note 4 smartphone, with a 5.7-inch high-resolution display, were apparently obtained by GSM Arena.

The images show a new leather-like texture on the back, while the front of the purported Note 4 image looks similar to prior models.

The Galaxy Note 4 is the second prong in Samsung’s two-prong annual smartphone attack. The Galaxy S5 serves as its mainstream flagship smartphone, while the Note 4 is intended for power users who prefer a larger display and longer battery life. It’s similar to the Galaxy Note 3, with a stylus and faster processor, apparently a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805.

Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3, just ahead of the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin. The company last year unveiled the Galaxy Note 3 at a similar “Unpacked” event ahead of IFA.

Meanwhile, Sprint today announced that Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 will be the first tablet to offer Sprint Spark. It includes a 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices.

Galaxy Tab 4 will be available in all Sprint sales channels beginning Friday, Aug. 15. Well-qualified buyers can purchase Galaxy Tab 4 with $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $12.50 (SRP: $299.99 and requires a service plan. Sprint tablet data plans, include 100MB of data for $10; 1GB for $14.99; 3GB for $34.99; 6GB for $49.99.

T-Mobile offers the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 (with an 8″ screen), and offers 1.2GB of free data through the end of the year on the Tab 4 if you have a Simple Choice plan. Verizon offers the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and 10.1, while Sprint gets the LTE 7.0.

The Wi-Fi enabled Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, and 10.1 are priced at $199.99, $269.99 and $349.99, respectively. Amazon also has Galaxy Tab 4 models.

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