Samsung Tablet Gets FCC Nod; Just Which Model Is It?

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Going through the device certification filings that the FCC published today, an entry from Samsung caught our eye. Diving into the paperwork, it quickly became apparent that we’re dealing with a new tablet here, but just which one might it be?

The device in question is Samsung model number SHV-E150S. A little Googling of that number turns up the WiFi certification the tablet received late last month, but little else. The number itself gives us some clue as to what it might be, as SHV-E140S is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE for SK Telecom in Korea.

We’ve been looking forward to an LTE-enabled version of the Tab 7.7 for Verizon; could that be what we’re looking at? The size of the tablet looks about right for the Tab 7.7. On the other hand the frequency support outlined in these documents doesn’t fit with a Verizon device – in fact, there’s no mention of LTE at all. The only band the SHV-E150S is certified to operate on is 1900MHz. Now, maybe we’re looking at another Korean model here, with LTE support, but on frequencies that the FCC wouldn’t bother to consider for US operation. Failing any other working theories on the E150S, that might be the most likely scenario.

Source: FCC, WiFi Alliance (PDF)

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!