Fearing they’d cause too much confusion rolling out so soon after the swanky Galaxy Tab Pro trio and S Pen-toting Note Pro 12.2, Samsung held off on the formal introductions of the Galaxy Tab 4 triad. But there’s no point in delaying them any further, as they’ll perplex and confuse us no matter when they break cover.
Two fresh FCC certifications help untangle things a little, though Sammy’s soon-to-be-completed 2014 tablet portfolio still looks crowded and mystifyingly convoluted. The lower end spectrum will no doubt include three slates named simply Galaxy Tab 4 (or maybe Tab 4 Lite), one with a 7-inch display, the second with an 8-inch and finally a 10.1 or 10.6 incher.
The larger pad is model numbered SM-T530 in a Wi-Fi only flavor, SM-T531 with 3G connectivity, and SM-T535 when supporting “international” 4G LTE bands. We knew all that already, but apparently there’s also an SM-T537V variant in the pipeline, poised to land exclusively on, you guessed it, Verizon.
Of course, Big Red is yet to confirm the scoop, however the “V” at the end of the alias sets it in stone, as do some tidbits revealed by FCC. According to one of the agency’s internal docs, the 10 incher carries LTE connectivity on bands 4 and 13, which just happen to be routinely used by America’s largest mobile operator.
Unfortunately, we can’t seem to find a sketch to corroborate the tablet’s exact size, and reports on the matter continue to be conflicting. Twitter leaker @evleaks, whose reputation really precedes him, hinted at 10.1 inches of screen real estate less than 24 hours back, whereas a known and reliable benchmark database pinpointed the diagonal at 10.6 inches a while ago.
Oh, well, half an inch doesn’t make much of a difference anyway. Besides, the rest of the features are out and thoroughly documented: 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution, pre-loaded Android 4.4.2 KitKat, quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 chip, 1/1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB built-in storage, 3 MP rear-facing camera, 1.2 MP front snapper, 6,800 mAh battery.
Meanwhile, the smallest member of the upcoming entry-level family, dubbed Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 or Tab 4 Lite 7.0, passed FCC’s test with flying colors too in a version equipped merely with Wi-Fi support: SM-T230.
Also leaked by @evleaks recently, the thing is expected out with optional 3G as well, but no LTE. Apart from size and battery capacity (shrunk to 4,450 mAh), the Tab 4 7.0 is bound to replicate Tab 4 10.1’s specs to the letter.
Remember, a low-end 8 incher is most definitely part of the series too, paying FCC a visit under the SM-T330 moniker not long ago. Oh, and let’s not forget about the SM-T700 and SM-T800, benchmarked and detailed already and tipped to essentially mimic the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and 10.1 while adding Super AMOLED panels in the mix. Did I not warn you confusion was inevitable?