For the past couple years we’ve been lamenting the sorry state of Samsung’s tablet lineup, where in contrast to some of its attractive, high-end smartphones, the tablets offered low-res screens and ran on second-tier silicon. This year, thankfully, Samsung has seriously stepped-up its hardware tablet game, and even if the software in some of these new TabPRO models is a bit wonky, the hardware shows a world of improvement. But for all we’ve seen from those TabPRO and NotePRO models, there’s still one big rumored feature that was missing: an active matrix OLED display. We’ve been hearing talk about such a thing for a while now, and it’s starting to look like it just might be happening.
As we’re required to mention anytime we bring up Samsung, tablets, and OLED screens, Samsung did release one such model already, the old Tab 7.7. Ever since, we’ve wondered if such a high-contrast, high-saturation panel might return to the company’s tablet lineup.
SamMobile uncovered a UAProf on Samsung’s site for the SM-T800 (along with the T801 and T805) earlier this month, and believes this could be the OLED-based tablet we’ve been waiting for. It’s heard from its sources that Samsung is actively developing the tablet, but what we’re not entirely clear if that source has similarly confirmed the presence of an OLED display, or if that’s just conjecture.
Whether it gets an OLED panel or not, this family of tablets should offer nice high-res 2560 x 1600 screens, although the size hasn’t been quite nailed down: it sounds like it could go either 8-inch or 10-inch, but we’re not sure just yet.