As worldwide tablet shipments continue to drop, veteran manufacturers of these once promising “desktop replacements” have no choice but to take risks or throw in the towel. Samsung has obviously adopted the former strategy, bringing to light the risky Galaxy View and Galaxy TabPro S recently, though a number of safe bets are probably in the works too.
In addition to the Galaxy Tab E 7.0, Tab E Lite, and Tab E Kids, a duo of new Galaxy Tab S configurations has been confirmed as coming soon by Zauba, not before they’re “tested and evaluated” in India.
Their model numbers are clearly associated to the Tab S2 8.0 and 9.7 unveiled last summer, but we’re not 100 percent sure we’re looking at the Tab S3 here. Samsung could instead be prepping lower-cost spin-offs of the two super-sharp AMOLED slates, as supported by surprisingly low unit values listed in import documents.
Apparently, the 8-inch SM-T719 is worth the equivalent of $205 (Rs 13,817) in pre-release prototype form, while the 9.7-inch SM-T813 has an estimated appraisal of $255 (Rs 17,271). Of course, these figures have been known to mislead us in the past, so don’t get your hopes up.
At the same time, that SM-T813 designation feels wrong for a follow-up of a 9.7-inch Android labeled SM-T815 on the inside when endowed with cellular connectivity. Bottom line, our best bet is Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Lite versions are in the pipeline rather than an upgraded Tab S3 twosome.