The SM-T310 has been seen in previous reports that claimed this particular model number is Samsung’s first 8-inch Galaxy Tab version, but it only showed up at the FCC now. The same SM-T310 was spotted at the Bluetooth SIG in late March, where it was confirmed to be a tablet, so we kind of expected it to hit the FCC sooner or later.
While the commercial name for the product is not offered, and Samsung is yet to officially announce the tablet, there’s more circumstantial evidence suggesting this will indeed be the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0.
First off, the confirmed model number, SM-T310, is awfully similar to the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0’s model number, SM-T210. Since the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 tablet has already been unveiled (image above), it makes a lot of sense to assume that the SM-T310 is a different Galaxy Tab 3 family member.
But most importantly, the documentation reveals that we’re looking at a device that measures 9 inches diagonally (or 228.45mm) which would be just enough to fit an 8-inch screen inside. Aside from dimensions, storage (16GB of memory), Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 support, other specs and features aren’t available at this time for the upcoming device.
As you can see, unlike yesterday’s Motorola XT1058 FCC filing, a device which we can’t say for sure whether it’s the rumored Google X Phone or not, the case for the SM-T310 being the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 seems to be a lot simpler to solve.
Samsung already has an 8-inch tablet, the Galaxy Note 8.0, which is selling in various markets, but which is also criticized for its higher-than-anticipated price. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 could be a more affordable 8-inch tablet, although we’ll have to cross that bridge a later date. At this time, we have no idea when Samsung will officially announce the product.
Is anyone looking forward to this new Samsung-made Android tablet?