Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Passes Through FCC With LTE Capabilities


An LTE edition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 with the model number SM-T315 has passed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) following the tablet’s release as a Wi-Fi only device earlier this year. It’s not compatible with U.S. networks, however, which suggests it will make its debut in South Korea.

The FCC tests oodles of devices from all around the world, so it’s not uncommon to see a device being tested that we’re unlikely to see in the United States. Technically, it could be used in the U.S. on AT&T’s HSPA network, but it wouldn’t support 4G LTE.

The built-in LTE connectivity is only intended to be used in a handful of countries, one of which is South Korea, where Samsung is headquartered. This model won’t be coming stateside unless there’s a LTE spectrum frequency change, meaning that the device could then connect to the 4G LTE networks in the U.S.

The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 packs a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, a 8-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen and a 4450mAh non-removable Lithium Ion battery.

We’re not totally surprised at the lack of LTE connectivity for the U.S. as AT&T already offers the Galaxy Note 8.0, but it would be nice to have a little more variety in our high-end 8-inch LTE tablets.