Has Samsung made a new 7-inch Android 8.0 tablet due for release in 2018? That’s the question after I looked at Samsung’s most recent FCC approval, where a at first familiar 7-inch Samsung tablet was approved last week.
I say familiar, because to begin with, the model number is actually Samsung SM-T230NZ which would normally indicate that it’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, a tablet that was released in 2014! So why was it approved by the FCC in new filings last week?
At this point there are no leaks in the filings that indicate upgraded specs yet, but when looking at the illustrated sketches of the tablet, the design is different from that of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 regardless of carrying the SM-T230 model number.
In fact, the rear design looks like on the Samsung Galaxy Tab A series of Android tablets, with carved out sides on the middle back which gives your hands convenient reference points when you hold it. The sketches also gives the impression of the tablet being equipped with a LED flash under the camera lens, a feature that was clearly absent on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 from 4 years ago.
So Samsung is definitely preparing something here.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 was succeeded by the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 in March two years ago, and that tablet has not been succeeded since. So at this point in time it’s not unthinkable that we are dealing with a 7-inch successor for 2018 model year.
– Tom Bowen