Some reports of late seem to indicate that Samsung Electronics may have a new entry-level tablet in the works. That’s because two different versions of what seems to be the same tablet, have now got their Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certifications from the Bluetooth SIG and the Wi-Fi Alliance respectively. While the Wi-Fi Alliance lists just the one model number (SM-T375S) on its website, Bluetooth SIG seems to add a second model number (SM-375L) to the mix, quite possible suggesting a second variant of the same device, rather than a whole new one. While the Bluetooth certification was awarded to the upcoming tablet on Christmas Eve, the device got its Wi-Fi certification earlier in the month – December 16th, to be precise.
Coming to some more info about the device(s), while the listing on the two websites do not give away a whole lot about either the hardware specs or software features, the Wi-Fi certificate does indicate that the devices will come with support for dual band (2.4 & 5.0 GHz) Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Wi-Fi Direct. Meanwhile, the Bluetooth certificate indicates that both the models of the upcoming tablet will support Bluetooth 4.1. The SM-T375S version of the tablet has also popped up on India’s import / export tracking website, Zauba, according to which, the device will feature an 8-inch screen but that’s about it. There’s no more info to be found there either, meaning, we’ll have to wait for further leaks before we can start getting a reasonable idea about how this upcoming entry-level tab is going to turn out.
One last thing about the Zauba listing – the website indicates that the import price of the device is Rs. 6,792 ($103), but the units imported into the country are “Not for Sale”, according to the listing. The tablets have been imported “For testing and evaluation purposes only & will be destroyed”. While a lot of smartphones and tablets get listed on Zauba before they’re made official by their respective manufacturers, eventual retail prices often see a sixty to eighty percent markup from the prices listed on Zauba. That’s because of import duties, sales taxes, VAT and most notably – retailer markups that are added onto import prices before the device is made available for purchase.