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Samsung may launch new flagship tablet at MWC 2016

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Samsung may be readying a new flagship tablet for MWC 2016.

The South Korean company doesn't tend to shout about its tablets as much as its smartphones, possibly reflecting the overwhelming dominance of the iPad brand.

That's a bit of a shame, in a way, because Samsung's tablets (and Android as a tablet OS) have quietly got a whole lot better in recent times. Last year's Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 was a very accomplished bit of kit.

We're actually quite interested, then, to learn that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 might well be heading for MWC 2016.

German website Winfuture (via SlashGear) has discovered a couple of mystery devices labelled the SM-T819 and the SM-T719 in recent GFXBench results.

By way of a comparison, the 9.7-inch model of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has the SM-T810 designation, while the 8-inch model is known as the SM-T710. In other words, the new devices are more advanced versions of the same family.

Of course, for a true next-generation product, you might expect those model names to be a full step forward - so the SM-T820 and SM-T720. The actual designation could point to a pair of incremental updates.

Sure enough, the associated specs that are provided aren't a massive leap from the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 family. The SM-T819 has a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 display, 3GB of RAM, and an 8-megapixel camera - all of which sounds identical to the equivalent Tab S2.

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The key difference here is the presence of what looks like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 CPU. Whether that turns out to represent an upgrade over the Exynos 7 of the Galaxy Tab S2 remains to be seen.

It's speculated that we could see this new tablet - whatever it is - at MWC 2016, when Samsung will be launching its Samsung Galaxy S7 flagship phone.

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