New Mid-Range Samsung Tablet Shows Up On GFXBench

The worldwide tablet market may not be in the best of health, but Samsung continues to remain the top player within the segment, at least as far as Android OEMs are concerned. It's a different matter altogether that Android as a platform hasn't been able to dominate the sector nearly as much as it dominates the smartphone sector, meaning, Apple continues to remain the single largest tablet vendor worldwide with its iPad line of premium slates. However, that doesn't mean Samsung isn't bullish on tablets as a product category. Much like its smartphone business, the company has multiple lineups of tablets that are positioned in various segments of the market. While Samsung's Galaxy Tab S line represents the premium end of the spectrum, the company's Galaxy Tab E line addresses the entry-level segment.

In between those two lineups lie the Galaxy Tab A line that is mostly populated with mid-range devices, including an 8-inch model and one with a screen size at 9.7-inches. Both those devices were launched last year and are admittedly getting a bit long in the tooth. Earlier rumors had also suggested that the South Korean company has an all-new 10.1-inch tablet in the pipelines for launch at some stage during this year. While the device apparently had the model number SM-T536, it wasn't identified by its eventual commercial name. What's more, without any concrete info regarding the hardware specs of the upcoming tablet, it was well-nigh impossible for anyone to actually hazard a guess as to which category the upcoming device will fall into. However, the latest leak regarding Samsung's upcoming SM-T536 tablet comes by way of its GFXBench listing, meaning for the very first time, we get a look at some of the important hardware specs of the device that's slated to hit the store shelves presumably within the next few months.

According to the listing, the leaked tablet will have a 10.1-inch 1280 x 720 display, and come with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow pre-installed. The device will be powered by an octa-core Cortex-A53 1.5 GHz CPU of unspecified make, but some reports indicate that either the Exynos 7870 or the Exynos 7850 may be the chip powering the device, seeing as the the GPU has been identified by the GFXBench listing as the Mali-T830 . The tablet is also expected to come with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, alongside a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. It's still not clear if the upcoming tablet will be the next in the long line of Galaxy Tab A devices or if it will be named the Galaxy Tab 5 and launched as the Galaxy Tab 4 replacement, but we'll keep you informed either way as and when we get to know anything more.

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