Lucky FCC employees get to play with all the latest gadgets before the rest of us get the chance to do so. The latest toy they got to test is the LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 that has AT&T written all over it.
Yup, this model will sing along 850 and 1900 MHz frequencies when connecting to a 3G network, as well as LTE Bands 2, 4, 5 and 17 in the “4G mode.” Aside from the cellular radio, it’s the same device as the Wi-Fi-only model, boasting a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8-inch 1280×800 pixels display, GPS + GLONASS, dual cameras, Bluetooth 4.0 and a microSD memory card slot.
We’re still unsure when AT&T will officially launch the Note 8.0 but since the tablet got FCC’s seal of approval, the chances are we won’t have to wait for too long to get the carrier’s official press release.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 pretty much directly competes with Apple’s iPad Mini, offering comparable screen, attractive design and (unfortunately) similar steep price.