The tablet HTC JetStream, which was codenamed HTC Puccini earlier, has been officially available now on AT&T. The release has come sooner than all of us expected as there were some rumors said that it would just be out in early October. Let’s take a closer look at this device and how much it will cost you.
The HTC Jetstream is the first 4G LTE tablet from AT&T, so the download speed can go up to 46Mbps with full bars and 29 Mbps with 2-3 bars. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual-core processor to support multitasking, a 10.1″ high-definition screen for an immersive entertainment experience and running on Android 3.1 Honeycomb. It is also aimed with 2 impressive cameras, the ear-facing is an 8 MP with dual LED flash while the front-facing one is an 1.3 MP camera.
The Jetstream has a 7300 mAh Lithium Ion battery that can power the device for 12 hours in use like web browsing. AT&T claimed that its stand-by time can reach up to 37.5 days.
The price of the tablet is being set at $700 with a 2 year contract and $850 without contract. If you get it at AT&T, the HTC Scribe pen, which is sold separately for $70, is included right now. HTC is using the same Scribe technology as on the HTC Flyer and HTC EVO View 4G, however as the Jetstream has a bigger screen, it seems like it is much easier to manipulate. The stylus works in more apps like the custom version of Evernote, a screen shot function and PDF annotation capabilities.
Overall, the price for HTC Jetstream is still quite high even with contract. AT&T is offering the only plan DataConnect 3GB for 4G LTE tablets which costs $35/month for 3GB of data. Although the data plan is reasonalbe, I think AT&T should give more cheaper plans for their customers. If you use the tablet with 2 year contract, you will have to pay at least $1540 which is not affordable for all users. There are many choices for a tablet with much competitive price, the Jetstream will kill itself if the price is not lowered. Do you think so?