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Samsung preps new Galaxy Tab S line, report says

Samsung's new family of tablets could feature a fingerprint scanner and other high-end hardware, according to a reliable tech blog.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro may soon see a sibling. James Martin/CNET

Samsung may soon introduce yet another line of Android-powered devices to further stock its already chock-full Galaxy stable. This week's juicy rumor suggests the hardware maker is prepping a pair of "Galaxy Tab S" tablets.

According to the reliable tech blog SamMobile, the new tablets could be Samsung's first slates to employ fingerprint scanners on the home button. What's more, these two may boast 2,560x1,440-pixel AMOLED displays and other high-end hardware.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is rumored to be coming in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch sizes with Wi-Fi-only and 4G LTE options for both. Keeping with the Galaxy S5 design style, the two should come in white and gray, and may feature the dimpled texture we see on the Galaxy S5 phone.

Tucked inside the tablets, reportedly, are Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa processors with a generous 3GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel and 2.1-megapixel camera combo. In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy Tab S should feature Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, an IR blaster, and Micro-USB 2.0.

It's unclear how Samsung might position these devices compared to the recent "premium" Pro class of tablets. The fingerprint scanner is a nice touch -- literally -- and could possibly be used to authenticate multiple tablet users and their respective profiles. And, considering Samsung has not used an AMOLED display for its tablets in some time, these new models sound like they're on the premium end of the scale.

We might not have to wait long to find out what Samsung plans to do with the Galaxy Tab S line -- model numbers and benchmarks are already popping up online.