The Dutch Samsung tracking website GalaxyClub found the first traces of a Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 5 tablet yesterday, after discovering the battery for it on the South Korean regulatory agency SafetyKorea.
Samsung’s Tab Active series is Samsung’s series of fully rugged tablets, mainly geared towards the enterprise markets, though they are sometimes sold by regular retailers too.
The battery was easy to discover by its model name EB-BC306GBY, because it is a swappable battery which is only used by Samsung’s Tab Active tablets, since all their other tablets have integrated batteries.
And the model number of the battery points to the 306 series that the tablet belongs to, namely the SM-X300 series which has yet to be introduced.
While the battery was approved last week, I noticed that someone sent a Samsung SM-X306 named tablet through the benchmark comparison Geekbench yesterday.
It’s hard to tell if this is a legit tablet leak yet, but if it is, it was benchmark tested with a very safe firmware setting featuring a 2.4 GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 1380 processor, with 6GB of RAM, while running Android 14.
As a lot of you know, this is the same processor used by the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE tablets that have been in the process of launching around the world the last few weeks.
The Samsung SM-X306 model should be the 5G version, though I would expect Samsung to launch a Wi-Fi only version too.
At any rate, it’s unlikely that this tablet will launch soon, and we’ll have to wait until 2024 before a new Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 5 will launch.
The current range consists of the 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Active4 Pro which launched in September last year, and the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3, which launched 3 years ago, and is in the most need of an upgrade.
– Tom Bowen