Samsung may launch a revamped Galaxy Tab A 2017 on multiple U.S. carriers soon after devices clear Wi-Fi Alliance

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 7.0 2018

The Android tablet market isn’t as busy as the smartphone world, but this doesn’t mean vendors aren’t active. We recently saw Xiaomi launch the Mi Pad 4 tablet and today, we have fresh details of what could be Samsung’s counterattack in the budget slates’ market.

A device with model number SM-T387 has been cleared by the Wi-Fi Alliance and it’s headed to multiple U.S. carriers, confirming that it’s an LTE device. The one with model number SM-T387P is destined for Sprint, SM-T387V is heading to Verizon while SM-T387T and SM-T387R4 are headed to T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular, respectively. There’s also SM-T387AA and SM-T387VK, with the former probably destined for AT&T.

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Now, we know that Samsung Galaxy Tab A 2017 LTE has model number SM-T385 (and SM-T380 for the Wi-Fi-only variant). Looking at Samsung’s numbering scheme, we would expect to see a Galaxy Tab A 2018 with model number SM-T395 for the LTE variant (and SM-T390 for the Wi-Fi only variant). Instead, we have SM-T387, which implies that this could be a “mini update” that presents a slightly amped-up version of the Tab A 2017 and not a completely new device.

It’s worth noting that this is just a hunch, but we’ve seen Samsung doing this before. In 2016, it launched a Galaxy Tab S2 tablet that was a revised version of the original Tab S2 released in 2015. If anything, this could be Samsung pulling a similar stunt.

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As for the specs, all we know at the moment is that they’ll all come preinstalled with Android 8.1 Oreo, at least according to the certifications. The Galaxy Tab A 2017 was released in September, but given that this doesn’t look like a completely new device, it’s likely to see an earlier launch, especially now that it has already passed through the Wi-Fi Alliance.

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