Samsung said to be working on a 10-inch Galaxy Tab 5 slate, and a low-priced budget slab

Samsung said to be working on a 10-inch Galaxy Tab 5 slate, and a low-priced budget slab
According to a report out of the Netherlands, Samsung is working on a 10-inch Galaxy Tab 5 tablet. It appears that major tablet manufacturers are moving ahead to larger screened slates. Apple is said to be rolling a 12-inch iPad Pro slab off of the assembly line during the second quarter, while Sony also is believed to have a 12-inch tablet in the works this year. With all of the larger sized phablets blurring the lines between phones and tablets, sales of smaller-sized slates have suffered, forcing manufacturers to go larger.

Evidence of Samsung's new Galaxy Tab 5 tablet comes from the Zauba website. This is the site that keeps track of imports and exports into India. On December 22nd, Samsung imported the SM-T555 tablet into the country for research and development. While it was made clear that this slate was not being offered for retail sale, it was valued at the equivalent of $354 USD. The next day, Sammy imported the SM-T116 tablet into India for testing. The 7-inch slate is to be destroyed after the testing is completed. 30 units, valued at $101 USD each, were brought into the country.

The best way to figure out what these devices could be, is to compare model numbers. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, which was released in May of this year, consisted of model numbers SM-T530 (Wi-Fi), SM-T531 (3G and Wi-Fi) and SM-T535 (3G, 4G and Wi-Fi). Compare the latter number with the SM-T555 seen on the Zauba site, and we are probably looking at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 5 10.1, powered by Android 5.0 and featuring the 64-bit processing capability of the Snapdragon 410. We could see a May or June release for the tablet.

According to the GeekBench website, the SM-T1116 appears to be an entry-level slate powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Speadtrum SC8830. 1GB of RAM is inside with Android 4.4.4 pre-installed.

source: Geekbench (translated), Zauba via TechTastic (translated)



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

64-bit and Lollipop!

2. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

My original galaxy tab 10.1 is still kicking ass with lollipop omni. Gotta say that tablet has really nice build quality with stereo speaker.

3. deuel18

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Viable tablets with Windows arent popping up this end of the year. Maybe next year?

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Viable tablets with Windows" Nice oxymoron. There is no tablet OS from Microsoft that more than a small percentage of people like using. Why make tablets when there is just a small market and Microsoft already offers their own tablets?

5. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

nonsense comment.. small market for a full windows tablet ???? you must be out of your mind.. cheap windows 8 tablets can kill the business of android tabs .. with their legacy software support see how good HP stream 7 is doing.. here comes 2015 and we will see 2gb ram , atom soc that can run games like FIFA 2014 , crysis and call of duty modern warfare ,with full windows 8.1/10 with legacy software support and all for a price tag of 100 $.. yeah.. talk about small percentage of people .. this 100 $ tablet alone is enough to kill android and ipad market..

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I think you're the one out of your mind. You sound like you're dreaming too much about a $100 tablet.

8. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

ohh really ?? COD Modern warfare 3 crysis fifa14 now do you see death of android tablets ..?? right now for 100 $ the configuration is atom z3735 with 1gb ram , 2gb ram variants cost 140 $ by Q2 of 2015 we will get 2gb ram + upgraded Z3735 Chip for 100 $..

9. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

11. deuel18

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

i definitely agree. With Intel's upcoming new processors (aka 14 nano-meter Broadwell or even Skylake), we might even see thin tabs with power as much as a regular desktops. Slap some 2 GB of RAM or more (hey we even have DDR4 now), then Windows OS as the icing. And wait, even play flash contents directly without the need of downloading Dolphin Browsers and such...Happy New Year!

6. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Meh. Still waiting for Tab S II with newer and high-end specs. :O)

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Looking for the refresh to the Note 12.2

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