Samsung will soon start selling a never-before-seen tablet device in the United States of America, and maybe several other countries around the world too.
And by “never before seen” we mean to say that there was no previous indication that the company was even working on a third tablet.
We've kept our eyes on the Galaxy Tab 2
and the Galaxy note 10.1
well enough, and perhaps that was the reason no one bothered leaking this third one.
At any rate, the filing at the Federal Communication Commission says that the name is GT-P8110.
The screen size is of either 10.1 inches in diagonal or 11.8 inches. Considering the fact that Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab have the 10.1-inch market segment covered well enough, we think the latter is more likely.
A second difference between the Note and the GT-P8110 is that the new slate has more rounded corners than the other.
As is common for FCC filings, the documents published there
don't say what central processor is used, what storage drive, how much memory exists, etc.
After all, FCC only evaluates whether or not a product's communications technologies work according to its specifications (consumer electronics cannot sell in the US without its approval).
That said, it does mention the NFC technology (near field communication), the Wi-Fi support (a given at this point) and the 4G broadband.
We don't know when sales will start, or at what price. We also do not know if Samsung will ship the GT-P8110 in multiple countries from the start or just in the US. If nothing else, it could offer it in its home market as well (South Korea).
The Wi-Fi version will be cheaper than the one equipped with a 4G broadband module, although data plans via carriers could make the buy less draining. IFA 2012 may or may not bring more information.