Probably fearing they might be overshadowed by the Galaxy S5, Samsung kept the Galaxy Tab 4 series on the sidelines at last month’s MWC, putting off their formal intros despite the trio looking like an open book at one point.
But sooner or later (probably sooner), the humbler relatives of the top-shelf Galaxy Tab Pro line have to go official. In the meantime, let us put you at ease. Samsung is seeking customary regulatory clearance for at least one GTab 4 model as we speak, meaning an announcement is likely due by the end of March.
Also, assuming an always reliable benchmark database is trustworthy this time around too, we seem to have the full hardware picture of the 10-inch Galaxy Tab 4, which ultimately isn’t the pushover that many deemed it back in February.
First things first, FCC has just given the green light to the Samsung SM-T535, widely believed to be a 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4 with 4G LTE support. Unsurprisingly, the Commission’s approval docs confirm an LTE radio is indeed on board, along with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GSM, W-CDMA and Bluetooth connectivity.
Since the SM-T530, aka the Wi-Fi-only flavor, cleared the FCC a few weeks ago, all’s officially and formally set for a presumably low-profile unveil. After all, this is no flagship device.
But again, it’s no ultra-low-ender either. Not exactly. Not ultra. As per GFX Bench info, the SM-T530/T531/T535 shall run Android 4.4.2 KitKat and pack a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip.
You can surely think of laggier processors, right? Interestingly, the display section lists 1,280 x 800 under resolution and, get this, 10.6-inch under size. That’s… unexpected. Oh, well, it could be a typo. Hopefully, we’re dealing with a misspelling in the camera department too, as the rear snapper, previously rumored to sport an 8 MP sensor, is now said to come with 3 measly megapixels in tow.
The 16 GB on-board storage is no surprise, the 1.2 MP front cam likewise, whereas the RAM is bizarrely filed as 0.8/1.3 GB. I’m guessing it should actually be 1 and 1.5 GB, for the Wi-Fi and LTE versions respectively.
After doing some extra digging on GFX Bench’s website, we’ve managed to locate precious info on the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 4, aka SM-T335, which pretty much lines up with existing reports. Specifically, the more compact slate is KitKat-powered, quad-core Snapdragon 400-backed, touts 1.5 GB RAM, 1,280 x 800 pix res, 16 GB storage (12 usable), a 3 MP primary shooter and 1.2 MP secondary.
Don’t forget a 7 incher is also coming, likely with Android 4.4, the same quad-core CPU, 1 GB RAM, and 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution screen. The biggest question mark remains pricing, so stay tuned for updates.