Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 (2018) Hits The FCC Ahead Of Launch

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Following sightings in a browser test and benchmarks, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Tab S4 has now been certified by the Federal Communications Commission. Filed under the model number SM-T835 and FCC ID A3LSMT835, the listing also reveals that the tablet in question is GSM, WCDMA, and LTE-ready. That doesn't necessarily mean that it will have those functions in the U.S., as noted in the FCC filing. However, the newly spotted certification does indicate that the tablet will be sold for use within the country. There don't appear to be any images or even any FCC label diagrams associated with the filing, as of this writing. In the meantime, although there isn't much more than can be gleaned from the FCC listing, this isn't the first time Samsung's as-yet-unannounced Galaxy Tab S4 has been spotted.

The current expectation is that this will follow its predecessors as a top-tier Android tablet running the latest version of the OS – Android 8.1 Oreo – although Android 8.0 could also be used instead. That will, of course, be overlaid by Samsung's own Samsung Experience custom U.I. and loaded up with its proprietary app store and apps alongside Google's. On the specs front, that's predicted to be driven by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC backed up by 4GB of RAM based on speculative benchmarks. Those have also shown that the tablet will be a 10.5-inch device with a QHD screen which will almost certainly be comprised of an in-house display panel. There's no word on what the aspect ratio of that will be but it won't likely follow the extra tall trend seen in smartphones due to the larger size. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Tab S4 is expected to house that display in a metal frame with an 8-megapixel selfie shooter embedded above. Turning to the back of the device, a 12-megapixel primary camera is expected.

The timing of this filing seems to back up speculation that the 2018 edition of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S4 would be launched ahead of the reveal of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 phablet. That's expected to be announced in August, with the most recent indication being that it will be shown to the world on August 9. If that holds true, the new Galaxy Tab S4 could be shown as early July but there's no guarantee that's what Samsung has planned for its upcoming Android tablet.

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