Samsung’s Upcoming 10.2-Inch Windows Tablet Has Been Cleared by FCC – Newer Surface 3 Competitor?

Feb 23, 2017 06:06 EST

With Microsoft having removed all traces of the Surface 3 from its website, it looks like a new device might be incoming but not from the software giant, but from Samsung instead. According to details found on the FCC, a 10.2-inch Windows 10-running slate is being rolled out by Samsung, suggesting that it could be a smaller and less powerful version of the 12-inch Galaxy TabPro S2.

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The model name was previously listed as SM-W627, which definitely shows that the tablet would be belonging to Samsung. According to this evidence, it can be assumed that the tech giant could be prepping a smaller 2-in-1 for consumers who want a little more portability and affordability at the same time.

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Previously, we did not have any information related to its display size, but we know now that the company’s smaller computing offering will be featuring a Super AMOLED panel coupled with a decent 10.2-inch display. The smaller display and form factor means that Samsung might not be able to use a larger battery, but it might still be able to deliver a decent battery timing to the user.

Specification details unearthed also state that the unnamed Galaxy tablet will provide support for LTE connectivity as well as the following:

  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5GHz support)
  • DisplayPort support (this will probably be able to take place using the Type-C USB port and a dongle connection)

Right now, we don’t have information on the sort of hardware running in the 10.2-inch tablet but we have a hunch that it will be running Intel’s Core M versions of Kaby Lake processors. Since this lineup’s ‘U’ series of processors have already been reported to be running inside the larger 2-in-1, perhaps to provide consumers with a smaller price, Samsung could be using a less powerful chip inside it. It is more than likely that both models could be announced during the MWC 2017 trade show, so stay tuned for more details.