New OLED-screened Samsung Galaxy Tab S models appear to be in development
It used to be that if you wanted a bright, saturated, high-contrast OLED display on your Samsung mobile device, that meant going with one of its smartphones; for years we’ve associated such panels with flagship models like the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series. Despite a singular OLED-based tablet years ago, Samsung’s tablet lineup had become firmly associated with LCD panels. But still, occasionally we’d catch wind of rumors that Samsung was working on a new OLED tablet project, and last year all that talk finally came to fruition in the form of the Galaxy Tab S. We got both 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch models, each with high-res screens and solid hardware specs. That was just about eight months ago now; are we coming up on time for a new generation of Samsung OLED tablets? A new leak has us wondering as much, as we learn about model numbers that are supposedly for a bunch of new Tab S models.
Paring past all the regional variants, we seem to be looking at four main tablets here: Samsung’s models SM-T710, SM-T715, SM-T810, and SM-T815. For context, the first-gen Galaxy Tab S 8.4 WiFi edition was the SM-T700, with the SM-T705 as the cell-enabled version. Similarly, the Tab S 10.5 had model numbers SM-T800 and SM-T805, making it easy to believe that we’re looking at new Galaxy Tab S models in two sizes, again with both WiFi and LTE connectivity options.
But for the moment, that’s all we have: no further glimpse into how the tablets’ feature sets might be evolving. Could they maybe drop their widescreen displays and go 4:3, like a growing number of tablets? If it’s any consolation, this source notes that the second-gen Tab S models appear to still be early in development, so we probably still have some time to pull up more info on the lot. That also doesn’t make it sound like an MWC launch is too likely, so we could be looking at another summertime (or at least late spring) debut.