A couple of Galaxy Tab models, and two large-screened Galaxy Notes, all running Android 5.0 Lollipop out the box.
Samsung has broken with tradition in a number of areas recently, swapping plastic for metal as the build material of choice for both mid-range and high-end handhelds, and shifting to a simpler, one-letter naming scheme.
Also, the Koreans have stopped flooding the market with confusing, marginally different phones and tabs, skipping last week’s CES altogether and putting off the anticipated 2015 Galaxy Tab rehash. The franchise’s freshest installments ergo remain the ultra-high-end 8.4 and 10.5-inch Tab S duo, rolled out commercially in July 2014.
And let’s not forget the rugged Tab Active, plus the mediocre, budget-conscious Tab 4 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 that Sammy introduced last April. Oh, and the Tab Pro trio first unveiled at CES 2014 exactly one year ago. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note lineup is nowhere near as crowded, with a 12.2-inch Pro version also announced at last year’s CES on the slate front.
It’s hard to predict precisely what Samsung might have in store for the Galaxy Tab and Note families through the end of 2015, but you can bet the farm on the two getting fewer “upgrades” than in recent years.
Perhaps as few as four… in total. A Galaxy Tab AS (S for small), Tab AL (L for large), a Note AS and Note AL. That’s according to Sam Mobile, which has the scoop on the quartet’s model numbers. Apparently, the former two are known on the inside as the SM-T350/351 and SM-T550/T551, while the latter two carry alternative SM-P350/351 and SM-P550/551 monikers.
The letter and number combos suggest all four are relatively humble slabs, the two Galaxy Tabs likely following in the footsteps of the Tab 4 7.0 and 10.1, and the Note pair offering budget, lower-end alternatives for the Note Pro 12.2.
Screen sizes should circle 7 or 8 inches on models numbered with 3, whereas the 5s probably sport 10-inch displays. No words on price points yet, or very particular release dates, but after MWC in March, it’s open season for new Samsung tablet announcements.