An FCC filing may have revealed a new Samsung tablet is headed our way. The device has the model number SM-T800, and it joins the equally unofficial SM-T801 and SM-T805, which passed through the FCC’s certification process late last month. Samsung has used the SM-T model number on the majority of its 2014 tablets, including the Galaxy Tab Pro series launched at CES, and the Galaxy Tab4 models made official this week.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen references to the SM-T800. A benchmark test gave us an idea of the tablet’s specification, indicating it will use one of Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 5 processors, and sport 3GB of RAM. This raises it above the affordable Galaxy Tab4 range. Expect two cameras fitted to the T800, an 8-megapixel on the rear, and a 2-megapixel on the front, plus Android 4.4.2 as the operating system.
One of the models spotted in the benchmark figures had a 10.5-inch screen with a 2560 x 1600 pixel screen. There’s some speculation the T800 will be Samsung’s return to producing large AMOLED tablet screens, something it hasn’t toyed with since the Galaxy Tab 7.7 released in late December 2011. This is primarily sourced from a Korean rumor published in January.
Apparently, Samsung was readying its production teams to start making 8-inch and 10-inch (or perhaps even 10.5-inch) AMOLED panels in February. The timeframe sounds tight, but it’s possible the two are related. If so, the new tablets would feature the largest AMOLED panels fitted to a Samsung mobile device yet. However, before we get too excited, rumors surrounding Samsung’s return to big AMOLEDs have been circulating for at least a year, with no pay off.
There’s no information on when the SM-T800 and its variants will be announced, but as the Galaxy Tab4 range has only just debuted, we’d give Samsung a while to collect itself before expecting anything official.