Samsung's followup to the Galaxy Tab has been approved by the FCC and is ready to hit the market. Dubbed the Galaxy Tab II, the new tablet was approved for wireless bands 802.11 a-n, Bluetooth, and GSM bands 850 and 1900. Also included in the approval were WCDMA bands II and V. All these bands are indications that the Tab II is set for US release through AT&T.
The model number is listed at GT-P7100. This makes it the same Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which was showcased at Mobile World Congress and which we featured in a hands on here. The Galaxy Tab II runs a dual core Tegra 2 processor and sports Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). It's capable of full HD 1080p playback and has an 8 megapixel rear facing autofocus camera for HD video recording. It has the same TFT LCD screen as it's little brother, the original Galaxy Tab as a Super AMOLED screen would've been way too expensive to support as it will have to compete with the iPad 2.
You gotta love the request for confidiality, in lieu of the fact that the Freedom of Information Act allows everyone to glean details from the application online. And considering that Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab II last month at MWC, one has to wonder what's left to keep under wraps. The application for the Tab II was processed to the FCC in late January and included a short term confidentiality of 180 days, meaning it could hit the markets by late July. Users in Europe, however, will get the benefit of getting it first this month.