We've learned much about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 over the past week, and now we're seeing further indications of what plans Samsung might have for its Galaxy Tab line. Samsung fansite SamMobile, which broke some of the Note 8.0 news a few days ago, now says that Samsung plans to launch new Galaxy Tabs this year, but only 10.1-inch versions are on the cards at the moment. The "Tab 3 7.0," it reports, has been mothballed in favor of the stylus-toting Galaxy Note 8.0. Depending on sales of the Note 8.0, SamMobile's source says, an 8.0-inch Tab 3 may be offered at some point in the future.
In addition, the site claims that 4G LTE versions of the Galaxy Tab 3 and Galaxy Note 8.0 are planned, with the model numbers GT-P5220 and GT-N5120 respectively. (That's in addition to the 3G/HSPA GT-N5100 and the Wifi-only GT-N5110.)
The Galaxy Note 8.0 is widely reported to pack the same quad-core Exynos 4 CPU that's in the Galaxy Note 2. Current versions of this chip don't support LTE connectivity, so if an LTE Note 8.0 were indeed planned, Samsung would need to include separate LTE radio hardware in the device, as it did with the Galaxy Note 2 LTE. That additional hardware cost means a 4G-equipped Note 8.0 might be somewhat more expensive than its 3G and Wifi-only brethren.
In other Note 8.0 news, the Wifi-only GT-N5110 made an appearance at the FCC yesterday, with official sketches of the back of the device showing something very similar to the tablet seen in recent spy shots.
In previous years Samsung has used Mobile World Congress to unveil its new tablets, and we're expecting to see all this stuff at this year's show in late February. Naturally, we'll be live in Barcelona next month to bring you all the news from the show.
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