A Samsung-made tablet identified by the model number SM-T835 that's widely believed to be a member of the upcoming Galaxy Tab S4 family was found in the database of browser benchmarking tool HTML5 earlier this week, having been tested while running a custom firmware build based on Android 8.0 Oreo. The new high-end tablet lineup from the Seoul-based tech giant will return to its aspect ratio roots, the benchmark suggests, indicating that the Galaxy Tab S4 will feature a 16:10 panel, one that hasn't been found on a premium tablet from Samsung since the original Galaxy Tab S released in 2014. The slate will apparently support display resolutions of up to 2,560 by 1,600 pixels and do away with the 4:3 image format Samsung's flagship tablets have been using for the last three years.
A product bearing the same model number was found in GFXBench's results library earlier this month, with the benchmark suggesting the tablet will be powered by the Snapdragon 835, Qualcomm's high-end system-on-chip commercialized in a wide variety of Android flagship smartphones released over the course of 2017. As the Galaxy Tab S3 lineup also debuted in early 2017 with a previous-generation SoC from Qualcomm, the upcoming tablet family is expected to follow that hardware upgrade pattern. The previously revealed benchmark also suggested the Galaxy Tab S4 will have a 16:10 (8:5) display panel with a 10.5-inch diagonal and a QHD+ resolution, in addition to indicating Samsung equipped it with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal flash memory which is presumably expandable via a microSD card slot.
The South Korean original equipment manufacturer is expected to announce its new high-end tablets at this year's Mobile World Congress, though it remains to be seen whether the offerings end up being unveiled alongside the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus on Sunday or if their official debut gets pushed to the following week. As was the case with the 2017 tablets from the firm, the Galaxy S4 series will likely be offered along with a type cover of sorts and be compatible with Samsung's S Pen styluses. The devices should begin retailing on a global level come spring and may hit the market as early as next month.