It looks like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is about to become the first Android 3.x tablet to ship with 4G LTE mobile broadband access in the US. Verizon announced today that it would start taking pre-orders for a 4G model of the tablet next week. Motorola, on the other hand, confirmed today that 4G won’t be available for the XOOM tablet until later in the summer.
When Motorola launched the XOOM in February the company promised that users would be able to upgrade from 3G to 4G for free within 90 days. Now CEO Sanjay Jha says the company is running late.
Motorola always planned to offer a 4G upgrade for the tablet, but shipped it with a slower 3G modem in order to get the tablet out the door more quickly. That’s also presumably why the company shipped the tablet with a non-functional microSD card slot. There’s still no word on when Motorola will fix that problem.