We'd already heard that Samsung has a slew of new slate PCs planned for early next year, but this is the closest we've come to having one of them confirmed.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 has popped up over at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) -- the regulatory body for new gadgets in the US. Phone Arena notes that the device has the product number SM-T320. There's not all that much to go on, other than the device has been approved to work on the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi bandwidth, and that it has Bluetooth.
The FCC filing doesn't confirm the screen size of the device, but a separate filing does. Head to Zauba, and you'll see a cargo report that says three Samsung SM-T320 tablets were shipped out of South Korea on 23 December. The devices are described as "Sample Samsung tablet" and the screen size given as 8.4 inches. These tablets are for "testing and evaluation", and not for sale, according to the filing. So they could be the display models we see at CES, or Mobile World Congress in February.
Samsung is rumoured to be readying another three tablets for launch in January. As well as the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, we can expect the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.
The Tab 3 Lite sounds particularly interesting, as it's rumoured to be a budget 7-inch slate that could give the Nexus 7 a run for its money. It's said to only have Wi-Fi and 3G, not 4G, to keep the price down.
I'd expect these tablets to debut at CES, which starts on 6 January. But Samsung might hold some or all of them back until Mobile World Congress in February. We'll have to wait and see.
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