HTC Jetstream has Honeycomb, can use two 4G networks

HTC Jetstream has Honeycomb, can use two 4G networks

Summary: The HTC Jetstream goes on sale by AT&T on September 4, the first tablet with the ability to use both LTE and HSPA+.

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AT&T is making the latest Android tablet from HTC available online and in stores on September 4. The HTC Jetstream is a 10.1-inch tablet running Honeycomb, although version 3.1 and not 3.2, and it can work with both LTE and HSPA+ networks for AT&T. The AT&T LTE network is just getting started, so the ability to work with HSPA+ insures that high-speed connectivity can be used on the tablet until LTE gets properly rolled out.

The Jetstream is the first Honeycomb tablet to come with HTC's Sense interface, and otherwise has components typical for the genre.

HTC Jetstream Specifications

  • LTE (700/AWS)
  • HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
  • HTC Sense™ UX for tablets
  • Display: 10.1” WXGA HD screen
  • Processor:  Third-generation Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Camera: Front Facing 1.3 MP, Rear facing 8 MP and Dual LED Flash
  • Battery: 7,300 mAh
  • Expandable Memory:  MicroSD up to 32 GB
  • Dimensions: 7” (l) x 9.87” (w) x 51” (d)
  • Weight: 25 ounces

Where the HTC Jetstream falls short is in the pricing that AT&T is quoting: $699.99 with a two-year contract. That is a very high price, especially with a contract, and it shows that HTC/AT&T have not been learning lessons from the HP TouchPad debacle.

Topics: AT&T, HTC, Networking

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  • Not sustainable

    The people who have not learned the lesson of the HP TouchPad debate are the ones who think that selling products for $200 less than they cost to make is a real-world option. The TouchPad flies off the shelves at $100 not because it's $100, but because it's a $400 tablet being sold for $100.

    CVS sells a Sylvania tablet for $129 or so. It's not jumping off the shelves at all. Let's see a review of that on ZDNet.
    Robert Hahn
    • RE: HTC Jetstream has Honeycomb, can use two 4G networks

      @Robert Hahn You said, "... it's a $400 tablet ...", but it obviously wasn't. If it were, HP wouldn't have had so much trouble selling it. Keep in mind that in a free market economy the price of an item is based on what the market will bear. Clearly, the market wouldn't bear $400, but it was eager to embrace it at $100.
      jeff.redding@...
      • RE: HTC Jetstream has Honeycomb, can use two 4G networks

        <ul><i>You said, "... it's a $400 tablet ...", but it obviously wasn't.</i></ul><p>OK, I'll refine my description. It was a tablet that cost $300 to make and had the specifications and performance of something that cost $300 to make, and was being sold for $100.

        If the public expects, and will eagerly embrace, a continual supply of things that cost $300 to make being sold for $100, then the public will be disappointed. However, I will grant you that that might be some time away. I predicted months ago that in the second half of this year we would see one tablet after another being sold at inventory liquidation prices. The HP TouchPad was just the first to go. But we know there are probably a half-million XOOMS out there, still in boxes, getting older every day. Galaxy Tabs, too. It might be February before the inventory overhang is finally disposed of.

        If it is going to happen that iPad sales continue apace while all The Other Guys are unloading their tablets for so much a pound, I hope that Steve Jobs lives to see it.
        Robert Hahn
  • RE: HTC Jetstream has Honeycomb, can use two 4G networks

    The lesson is that, if you are not the leader (aka Apple), you have to enter at a competitive price point. This HTC tablet doesn't meet that test.
    chapelhillice
    • RE: HTC Jetstream has Honeycomb, can use two 4G networks

      @chapelhillice
      Or you have to offer a device that is capable of earning its $400 price tag. The ipad is not worth the cost they charge for it which is why not all people especially thsoe who value their dollar and want best bang for their buck will not touch an ipad as it just under performs at multiple usage. The galaxy tab, xoom, thrive and transform slates are all much better then the ipad but the peole who want them also cant justify paying $500 for something that does less thena new $250 laptop so if tablest cant get in the $250-300 range they will never get the market share that apple has as apple user tend to be people who just spend without care of usefulness and buy what apples tells them too.
      Fletchguy
      • RE: HTC Jetstream has Honeycomb, can use two 4G networks

        @Fletchguy Exactly Apple never sells value, always overpriced. The fanboys in the niche market. But tablets will become a commodity like the PC and made in China. How does Apple fare in the commodity market like against the PC. They got less than 10% market share there, soon to be 10% in the Super Phone and Tablet markets.
        bigpicture
      • RE: HTC Jetstream has Honeycomb, can use two 4G networks

        @Fletchguy
        I think that Apple did an unusual thing for them with there pricing of the IPad in that they sold it for a competitive price and depended on it's marketplace to earn it's profits.
        And that may be why no other manufacturer can seem to give a killer punch now that IPad is so entrenched as a market leader.
        morrig
      • RE: HTC Jetstream has Honeycomb, can use two 4G networks

        @Fletchguy Ignoring the sidseswipe at Apple, I think something everyone ignores when comparing a $400 tablet (Acer, Asus, Toshiba) with a $250 netbook is the price of the touch screen.

        I suspect that the processor in the tablets is probably a little more expensive than the netbook and solid state memory s a bit more than a hard drive, but probably not a big piece of the price.

        I'm guessing that in the same way 7 inch touch screens went from an expensive item to something found on the back of minvan seats, the 10 inch displays will come down as yields and processing improve.
        sbf95070
  • RE: HTC Jetstream has Honeycomb, can use two 4G networks

    I wonder if this changes now that AT&T was blocked from buying tmobile? Will the lte work on verizon 4 G and does it come with a 3G cdma chip also or just a gsm lte??
    Fletchguy
  • RE: HTC Jetstream has Honeycomb, can use two 4G networks

    ...waiting for a 4-core tablet,

    pay attention to the MAh of this HTC tablet, I love HTC products, but this one will have a 2-3 hours battery life, 5 at best, but I doubt it...
    aiellenon
    • RE: HTC Jetstream has Honeycomb, can use two 4G networks

      @aiellenon All HTC products fall waaaaay short on battery life.
      Champ_Kind
  • RE: HTC Jetstream has Honeycomb, can use two 4G networks

    I think it is meaningless to say the public wants something that costs $300 for $100. The public has no concept whatsover of what it costs to make a tablet. The fact is as others are saying the mass public is fixing a market value to a tablet and it is not $699, or $599, or $499. The segment of the market that buys the iPad are the same people commenting on this forum, early adopters, tech saavy users etc...
    What the manufacturers don't seem to get is it makes no sense to make a table that costs $300. The public has spoken. What they need to do is make a tablet that meets what the masses will pay, or not make one. I have tried everything from $89.00 Chinese knock offs to the iPad, somewhere in there is a tablet that the will meet the need, but it has to sold that way not as a competitor to the iPad. You don't sell a basic Chevy and use a Porsche as the competition, that's the problem. The iPad is the Porsche and most people can only afford Chevy's (sorry about the length of this comment....)
    df-zdnet
    • RE: HTC Jetstream has Honeycomb, can use two 4G networks

      @df-zdnet Good analogy. I don't want a Porsche, it doesn't do what I want a computer to do. I want a keyboard, USB ports, etc. Apple's way is to make Porsches and convince the non-tech but trendy public to buy them....but I hate Apple's proprietary ways and don't buy their products.
      bigsteve666
  • RE: HTC Jetstream has Honeycomb, can use two 4G networks

    Keyboard, how quaint (Mr. Scott, Star Trek)
    orea
  • If it aint running Windows Ei8ht...

    ...then it aint worth buying over an iPad because, frankly, it's just another toy like the iPad and doesn't stand a chance in productivity and entertainment against my Laptop+iPhone combo :p
    MrElectrifyer