We’ve been keeping our eye on progress being made towards the launch of LTE on US Cellular for about the past five months now. Our first clue came in September, when we got our hands on a leak showing Samsung model SCH-R930 in testing for the carrier. In November, US Cellular formally announced its LTE plans, including the target of launching service in the first quarter of this year. That goal seemed to be on-track earlier this month, when the SCH-R930 disclosed its LTE bands to the FCC. Now the carrier is announcing just what hardware will be its first on LTE, revealing plans to offer the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, and finally giving us a name for the SCH-R930, the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator.
Now, to be fair, we haven’t seen anything from US Cellular directly tying the Aviator name to model SCH-R930, but failing the announcement of any other Samsung LTE smartphone waiting in the wings, it’s not much of a stretch to put two and two together.
Available specs on the Aviator have it outfitted with a 4.3-inch WVGA Super AMOLED+ display, featuring an eight-megapixel main camera, and arriving with Gingerbread installed. If we had to guess about the rest of its hardware, a 1GHz processor sounds about right, and while an aging single-core component is likely, a dual-core 1GHz chip would be a nice treat.
US Cellular’s edition of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn’t offer anything unexpected here. It should be the first of the pair to arrive, coming out sometime in March. The Aviator will follow-up in April; no word on prices yet.