According to the Galaxy Fold’s leaked code, Samsung could be working on a Snapdragon 855-powered tablet, the Galaxy Tab S5. This information was found in the Galaxy Fold’s firmware dump, by XDA Developers.
The information was pulled from the defconfig, specifically, a Linux kernel configuration file. That file had a list of codenames, for the company’s upcoming products, and one of those products is codenamed “GTS5L”. Now, considering that the Galaxy Tab S2 was codenamed “GTS2”, the Tab S3 “GTS3L”, and Tab S4 “GTS4L”, it only makes sense that this “GTS5L” codename belongs to the Galaxy Tab S5.
That’s all fine and dandy, but why does the source imply that this Galaxy Tab S5 model will be fueled by the Snapdragon 855? Well, the defconfig that the source pulled defines the kernel configuration for the device, and indicates that this one will be fueled by Qualcomm’s flagship processor.
All in all, if you are waiting for a flagship tablet from Samsung, or a flagship Android tablet to drop, the Galaxy Tab S5 may be of interest to you. Back in February, Samsung did introduce a Galaxy Tab S5 series tablet, but it was not a flagship-grade tablet, but the Galaxy Tab S5e. Unlike the Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy Tab S5e is not a flagship-grade tablet, that device was a mid-ranger.
The Galaxy Tab S5e launched with a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display, and the Snapdragon 670 64-bit octa-core processor. The device did include a set of four AKG-tuned speakers, Android 9 Pie with One UI, and a number of other, interesting features, but it was definitely not a high-end offering from the company. The Galaxy Tab S5 could rectify that, and finally introduce a flagship-grade tablet for not only Samsung user, but Android users in general, as not many Android tablets have been announced in the last year or so.
Some of you are probably wondering when will this tablet launch, well, if last year’s Galaxy Tab S4 is anything to go by, the Galaxy Tab S5 could arrive in August, before the Galaxy Note10 drops.
The Galaxy Tab S4 was announced in August last year, but interestingly enough, it did not arrive with the Snapdragon 845, which was a flagship-grade processor back then. Samsung opted to include the Snapdragon 835 in the device at that point, for whatever reason, and consumers did not respond all that well on that decision, which is probably why Samsung is planning to release a Snapdragon 855-powered Galaxy Tab S5.
The Galaxy Tab S4 arrived in only one display size variant, it sported a 10.5-inch display, so the same may happen with the Galaxy Tab S5. There is a chance, though, that the company may offer a choice to its consumers, and release an 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab S5 as well. All in all, we’ll just have to wait and see what will happen, but you can expect premium build quality out of the Galaxy Tab S5, while the device will probably ship with stereo speakers, and Android 9 Pie out of the box, along with Samsung’s custom software.