Samsung could be on the verge of releasing an even more powerful Galaxy Tab A mid-range Android tablet in 2020. That's based on a recently spotted benchmark from back in May, showcases a device with the model number SM-T575.
The model designation here may seem familiar to some Samsung fans. And that could be because it falls between two other Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablets. That's the newest Galaxy Tab A 8.4 — SM-T307 — and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1-inch tablet from 2019 — SMT510.
The specifications that are detailed for this Android 10-powered slate should be fairly familiar too. For starters, it packs an identically-specced battery at a capacity of 5,000mAh. The overall size of the gadget isn't listed in the benchmark but that could point to a similarly-sized display panel at 8.4-inches.
This Samsung Galaxy Tab A would be much more powerful
Those specs, however, are where the similarities would seem to end. It's possible and even likely that both Wi-Fi and LTE variants will be made available. That was the case with previous Samsung Galaxy Tab A devices too. But this new Galaxy Tab A, presumably planned for 2020, would be much more powerful.
That isn't just because it shows in the benchmark with 4GB of RAM either. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4 released earlier this year only had 3GB. The newest entry into the benchmarks also packs a flagship SoC from 2018. That's Samsung's in-house Exynos 9810 SoC.
That chip is a 2nd Gen 10nm FinFET chipset. Samsung packs it with eight cores with 64-bit support. Four of those cores, Exynos M3 cores, are clocked at 2.9GHz. The remaining four, ARM Cortex-A55 cores, are built for efficiency and run at 1.9GHz. That's actually comparable but slightly better on paper, than Qualcomm's equivalent Snapdragon 845 SoC. The latter chip packs four Kyro 385 cores at 2.8GHz and four more of the same at 1.7GHz.
Perhaps more importantly, this chipset will easily outperform the in-house-built Exynos 7904 powering the abovementioned 2020 tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4 is powered by two Cortex-A73 cores clocked at up to 1.8 GHz. The chip packs those in alongside a total of six power-efficient Cortex-A53 cores. The latter cores are only slightly underclocked to at up to 1.6 GHz.
Will Samsung actually release this device?
Now, benchmarks are a great way to look at the performance of underlying hardware with a pinch of standardization. But they aren't the end-all when it comes to accuracy. In fact, as often as not, benchmarks display specifications that are not accurate at all. That's because both day-to-day uploaders and the company can easily fudge the figures and readings.
They can include incorrect memory and performance readouts. But also incorrect model designations. Companies also often use benchmarks for testing under wraps because the figures can be manipulated. Here, that comes with several implications that aren't necessarily likely but also aren't impossible.
So everybody is going to have to wait to see whether this device ever makes its way to market at all. Let alone with everything as tested. Samsung may have no intention of doing so. Or the South Korean tech giant could as easily be testing the device itself with no real guarantee of accuracy in the benchmark readouts.