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

October 4, 2012
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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?

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