Samsung's Next-Generation Galaxy Tab E Hits The FCC

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Recently, a number of smartphones from Samsung’s second generation Galaxy ‘A’ series got leaked through multiple sources, including AnTuTu, GeekBench and GFXBench. A few of them also got listed on the website of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), before they were actually made official by the South Korean tech company. Looks like that trend isn’t stopping any time soon, if the latest report regarding one of Samsung’s upcoming tablets is anything to go by. While the company’s premium Galaxy Tab S2 (and its derivatives) are already on sale in a number of markets globally, the company hasn’t exactly been taking it easy on its mid-range tablet lineup either, even though the market itself is shrinking with every passing year.

The company, as mentioned, has reportedly been working hard on its next-generation mid-range Galaxy Tab slates, as per previously published reports. Now, one of the rumored Galaxy Tab E variants has shown up on the FCC website, suggesting we’re fairly close to an official announcement regarding the upcoming device from the South Korean company. While the FCC website doesn’t list any hardware specs of the tablet, it does mention that the upcoming slate bears the model number SM-T377V, which seems eerily similar to the current-generation Galaxy Tab E 8.0 that sports the model number SM-T337V. All of which suggests that the upcoming device will, in all probability, replace the current-generation model to claim its pride of place as Samsung’s next-gen mid-range warrior in the market.

As mentioned already, the FCC listing doesn’t reveal any hardware details, but some of the previously-rumored specs include an 8-inch display panel with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Rumors have also indicated that the device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 SoC, which comes with a quad-core, 64-bit CPU clocked at a frequency of 1.2 GHz, and an Adreno 306 GPU. The device will reportedly come with just the 1.5 GB of RAM and only 16 GB of internal storage. The upcoming gadget will reportedly carry a 5,000 mAh battery and have Android 5.1.1 Lollipop pre-installed with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz interface on top. The tablet will sport a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing shooter, if earlier rumors are to be believed.