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Samsung's Galaxy Tab S10+ May Not Run on the Fastest Chip Available

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Samsung's Galaxy Tab S9 range which launched a year ago was equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, making it logical for us to expect the Galaxy Tab S10 to feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. However, it appears the South Korean company could surprisingly use MediaTek's chip in one of the upcoming Android tablet models.

Early Samsung Galaxy Tab S10+ details

As shared by leaker Ice Universe on X, a Samsung Galaxy tablet with the SM-X828U model number is believed to be the US version of the Galaxy Tab S10+, having been spotted in the Geekbench repository for the first time.

At first glance, it looks like an ordinary listing, but upon checking the motherboard, it was labeled as 'gts10p,' which is the codename for MediaTek's flagship Dimensity 9300+ chipset. This discovery does suggest Samsung will switch to the Dimensity chipset in the Galaxy Tab S10+ and possibly for Galaxy Tab S10 as well.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S10 Plus
A Geekbench listing reveals the Samsung Galaxy Tab S10+ is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 9300+ instead of a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC. / © Geekbench/Ice Universe on X

Even so, it's a surprise since the variant in the listing is US-bound, and the company has launched devices in the country that run exclusively on Qualcomm's flagship chipsets like the Galaxy S24 trio (review).

What we can speculate from this is how Samsung could distinguish the Galaxy Tab S10 from the Galaxy Tab S10 Ultra via the chip. In addition, opting for a MediaTek-made silicon could provide them a larger margin because they are more likely to pay less compared to having Snapdragon chips.

Dimensity 9300+ benchmark scores

Regardless of the chipset choice, the Dimensity 9300+ SoC that is manufactured using the 4 nm process boasts comparable performance with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC. This was also spotted in benchmark scores which depict 2,141 single-core points and 6,952 multicore points. In contrast, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 averages 2,200 and 7,100 points in the Galaxy S24 Ultra, respectively.

Furthermore, the Galaxy Tab S10+ is configured with 12 GB in the benchmark, so higher scores could be generated if it is paired with 16 GB of RAM or more.

Based on the available details, Samsung is not expected to launch the Galaxy Tab S10 series anytime soon. It's most likely they will work with a longer gap cycle from the Galaxy Tab S9 onward. Hence, we might see these next-generation tablets debut at the end of the year or early 2025 at the earliest.

What are your thoughts on the possibility of the Galaxy Tab S10 running on MediaTek chipsets? Do you think the tablets will be slightly cheaper? Hit us with your answers in the comments.

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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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