Two mysterious Samsung tablets and two new Galaxy Note 2 variants visit the FCC

by: AdrianOctober 4, 2012

The FCC is under Samsung siege, with four new devices getting the regulatory approvals just a couple of days after we spotted the AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Among the four new gadgets, there are, as expected, the other two Note 2 models officially announced as coming this fall, but also a pair of rather mysterious Android tablets.

Sprint’s Galaxy Note 2 goes by the SPH-L900 codename, and, although it has got FCC’s certification later than AT&T, T-Mo and Verizon’s models, it will probably go on sale at the same time (sometime after the NYC October 24 special press event).

We already spotted the SPH-L900 online a couple of times, so FCC’s listing doesn’t come as a surprise, confirming the dual-mode support and similar dimensions to all the other variants of the Note 2.

As for US Cellular’s Note 2 version, this comes to our attention for the first time under the SCH-R950 codename. After some digging around however, we’ve managed to track down a NenaMark 2 benchmark result of 55.90 fps for the phablet. We don’t have similar tests available for other US versions of the Galaxy Note 2 yet, but we do have one for the international model, from back August, which had the device at an almost identical 55.8 fps.

The SCH-R950 will also come with dual-mode support, while the rest of the specs should be identical with the other carriers’.

Samsung was in the spotlight these past few weeks thanks to the Galaxy Note 2, but it shouldn’t be long until we’ll start talking about some juicy new tablets as well. We don’t know much about the SPH-P500 and SCH-i915, but they’ll most likely get November releases after their FCC approvals.

The two tabs look like LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab 2 variants for Sprint and Verizon, although they’ll probably come with some twists compared with the existing Tab 2 versions. The P500 has already had part of its spec sheet leaked, including the OS version (Android 4.0.4 ICS) and the exciting featuring of a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor.

Sure, we would’ve liked to see a quad-core S4 Pro SoC powering Sammy’s new tabs, but the dual-core S4 processor is still a welcomed evolution over the 1 GHz TI OMAP powering the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 released back in May.

Other leaked specs for this mysterious P500 include 1 GB of RAM and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. There’s no way to know for sure if this is a 10-incher, although we do have an FCC sketch that basically rules out the possibility of it sporting a 7-inch screen.

Finally, the Verizon-bound  is even cagey, even if we spotted a GLBenchmark 2.5 test result for it. The SCH-i915 looks like a 10-incher as well, but, other than that, we know nothing about it.

Who’s excited about some Galaxy Tabs with LTE and Snapdragon S4 power? How about the Galaxy Note 2 variants for Sprint and US Cellular? Do you really think Samsung will pull off a simultaneous launch on five different carriers?

  • Sponger14

    Waiting on the release date for the Note 2 is driving me crazy. Making us wait a month after it’s already been released in the UK just for the release date? Come on… I really want to get a new smartphone and the sooner the better. It’s taking everything in me to be patient. And a mid-to late November release is too late. I might just get a discounted EVO 4G LTE instead and opt for a tablet sometime next Spring. Ugh…

    • note_lover

      I’m going crazy waiting as well but I’ve wanted this Note since I laid eyes on it and it will be so worth the wait! I say, hang in there and wait, you will be happy you did and who knows, maybe it will get released shortly after the NYC unveiling (which is less than 3 weeks from now).

  • I’m new with Android so can someone please help me with this question. If I’m buying a Galaxy Note 2 outright, where do I get my OS update from? Because from what I understand Google release the OS to Phone manufacture, then they release it to carrier, after that it will be released to user. But in my case is outright device, I’m not sure where do I get the OS update. My friend told me that I won’t get any update.


    • lycan codex

      You will get update from Samsung for atleast 2 years minimum. Also, You have after market support, like cyanogenmod and MIUI which are custom ROMS that work great.

      • Thanks for all replies but i prefer official update not custom rom. Doesnt sound good at all if u buy international version.

    • If you are paying out of pocket for the device, but it is for specific a carrier, The carrier will push your updates. If not they come from the phone manufacturer. (Example in the US if you have a sprint phone, but pay cash so you don’t have a contract sprint will still push out the updates to you. )

    • note_lover

      You should get updates from your carrier.

  • cole

    its not even fully out here in the UK – i queued up at the samsung store, wasnt very long queue, got into the store and only then did they say they only had it in white. so then i went ahead and ordered it on amazon, of which it should have been delivered today or tomorrow. nope, thats delayed also, dont know when i’ll actually get it. Get your shit together samsung, set a release date and stick to it!

    • Gavin Bradley

      Got my grey sgn2 from handtec next day delivery. Excellent service.

  • I just hope SGN2’s design does not get altered from the original ones… if it changes.. we don’t even know what it will look like and that is big let down and BS…

  • Mark Patrick Klyne

    Im waiting for a 7inch note. Anyone else see this as an excellent screen size to take notes and such?