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Exclusive: Samsung Preparing Another iPad 2 Tablet Rival

Is the Samsung SGH-I957 the successor to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet? What we do know is that a device with this name has just been listed on the Bluetooth SIG website and is being described as a "Mobile Tablet".

It shares the same format (SGH-I9xx) with Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (SGH-I905). A quick look at their Bluetooth profile shows that the SGH-I957 has two additional fields; the "headset profile" and the "Personal Area Networking Profile".

The rest is exactly the same except for the fact that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with Bluetooth 2.1 while the latter iteration has the newer Bluetooth 3.0 configuration; The SGH-I957 hasn't passed Wi-Fi certification yet (opens in new tab) and isn't currently registering on Google.

From there, we can only speculate on a few things, assuming that Samsung does indeed have a new tablet in the pipeline. Firstly, the fact that it has already been listed on the Bluetooth SIG means that it is near to delivery. Secondly, it is not the 3G version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 because the Bluetooth Specification name is different. Lastly, the hardware version number for the SGH-I957 is v1.0 which means that it is a new model altogether (in comparison, the SGH-I905 is listed as v2).

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.