Samsung seriously has its hands full when it comes to Android tablets at the moment. We had the TabPROs and that one NotePRO at CES, and last week the company introduced the lower-end Tab4 lineup. With sizes running the gamut from 7.0 inches up to 12.2, and the differences in screen resolution and processing power between the families, you’d think that Samsung had all its tablet bases nicely covered. But there’s still been this persistent rumor that Samsung has even more tablets on the drawing board, and it could be planning to bring OLED displays back to its tablet offerings with a few new models. We’ve talked to you a few times before about these SM-T700 and SM-T800 (as well as 801 and 805) models, and today we pick up a few new details about the hardware.
We’ve heard a couple possibilities mentioned for the size of the T800, ranging from 8 to 10.5 inches. That larger figure was attached to some benchmark results, but after seeing them taken down, we were left not knowing what to think. Well, that 10.5-inch business is back again now, making it the leading contender for the T800’s screen size.
Resolution is pegged at 2560 x 1600, though that bit, at least, has seemed certain. The SoC should be a quad-core Snapdragon, and while an 801 has been suggested as likely, that really feels like guesswork for now. That detail’s interesting considering how we saw the SM-T700 attached to an Exynos SoC.
According to a leaked spec sheet, the SM-T800 should feature 2GB of RAM, be available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB configurations (all with microSD support), and offer a 7900mAh battery.
All told, this is shaping up to fall a bit short of the TabPROs spec-wise, though should easily outperform the Tab4s. Going with OLED displays for a mid-range option rather than saving it for top-tier models makes for an interesting choice, but we’ll still have to see pricing details before we really understand where Samsung wants these models fitting in to its lineup.