Sprint announced today that it will sell an LTE-enabled model of Samsung’s 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 for just $49.99 starting on Oct. 11. The highly competitive price point—compared to a market average of about $200 (though many without contracts)—will be available for a limited time, and comes with data plans for as little as $5 per month.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 comes with a 7-inch 1024 x 600-pixel display at 170ppi, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage with microSD support, a 3-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter, a 4,000mAh battery, and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top. Sprint will initially only offer the device in white, though the black version should be available in time for the holiday shopping season.
The Tab 3 7.0 is a solid mid-sized tablet, but its hardware doesn’t quite compete with the latest flagship tablets from Google and Samsung, and some consumers may want to see what Apple has in store with the rumored iPad Mini 2. If you’re looking for a good deal on an Android slate this may be your best option, however.