Samsung rumored to be getting ready for 12.2-inch tablet launch ahead of Apple in 2014

June 10, 2013

Samsung Galaxy smartpad

Samsung has done a terrific job of covering pretty much all consumer market segments so far when it comes to both tablets and smartphones. It has products available in every level of the market, such as the entry-level segment, the mid-range segment, and of course, the high-end segment where phones like the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Active comfortably belong. The Korea-based company can now rest on its laurels and simply watch all the money roll in as customers flock to buy its latest products, right?

Actually, Samsung just doesn’t work like that — as it has been revealed in the past — so instead, it is looking to conquer what looks to it as the next frontier: the market for 12.2-inch tablets. At least that’s what the latest batch of Samsung-related reports and rumors are suggesting.

According to a report that was published on the Korean ET News web site over the weekend, Samsung is currently getting ready to launch its own 12.2-inch tablet some time in the not-too-distant future, beating Apple which has also been rumored to have plans of making and releasing such a device in 2014. The report doesn’t give much in terms of detailed specs and release info, but it at least provides some data from unnamed industry insiders being cited as sources.

It is said that Samsung’s upcoming 12.2-inch tablet will feature a native resolution of 2560×1600 pixels, and might possibly use IGZO panels manufactured by Sharp, as seen in products such as the Aquos Pad SH-08E tablet announced for NTT DoCoMo in Japan earlier this year. If you recall, Samsung actually invested over $100 million in Sharp back in March in exchange for a 3% stake in the company and access to its IGZO display technologies. So that last bit about the upcoming 12-inch Samsung tablet using IGZO panels sort of makes sense.

S Pen is also expected to be included as one of the 12-inch tablet’s highlight features, which would make it quite similar to Samsung’s current Note-branded tablet offerings.

Not one bit of info about this 12-inch Samsung tablet has been confirmed yet so far, so it’s best to take just about anything you read or hear about it with a grain of salt. But tell us, do you think a 12-inch Samsung tablet with S-Pen makes sense? Share your thoughts with us by posting a comment below.

Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    Now tablets are growing too. Good :D

    • http://www.davidvgonzales.com/ David Gonzales

      HP is way ahead of them with the that Slate thing that came up in benchmarks recently!

      • MasterMuffin

        Yup look at HP’s Envy Rove, 20″ :D

        • http://www.davidvgonzales.com/ David Gonzales

          Yep that’s a big one. Would be a bitch to slip inside a satchel, though. :)

  • aholsteinson

    Frankly, more and more Samsung’s approach of flooding the market with a plethora of different devices seems like a mindless strategy. Coming up with and launching devices just to see what sticks. I think this is one of the reasons why they recently took a hit on their market value. With their current approach they end up cannibalizing the sales of their own products.

    Samsung is not alone in this, Sony is another Android OEM guilty of the same. At their current rate they will end up having an Xperia for every letter of the alphabet.

    • http://www.androidauthority.com/ David Gonzales

      The thing is, it seems to be working very well for them. And Samsung is probably thinking, it’s better for it to cannibalize its own sales than for some other company to step in and do it for them. So it’s a sound strategy, though admittedly boring indeed.

    • http://www.davidvgonzales.com/ David Gonzales

      The thing is, it seems to be working very well for them. And Samsung is probably thinking, it’s better for it to cannibalize its own sales than for some other company to step in and do it for them. So it’s a sound strategy, though admittedly boring indeed.

  • Cl3v3rName

    i really hope this is true

  • Cl3v3rName

    i really hope this is true

  • http://srinivasg.com/ Srinivas Gollapudi

    A company like Samsung will have clearly done some market research before investing in a tablet this heavy, quite literally. They must have seen something here. Though it may not attract the average customer, this tablet, it may be a happy pick for artists and hardcore gamers on the move. We’ll have to wait till the full spec sheet comes out, and then can only we take a proper guess what Sammy exactly has in mind.

    • Piyush

      hardcore gamers dont need tablet without controller they will probably buy ps4 or xbox one

    • Kate Perry

      Another extra large model Android tablet launched this week is the new Icoo 12GT for $299 and offers impressive features, including an 11.6-Inch display, a Retina-quality 1920 x 1080 IPS Screen and a powerful Quad-Core A31 Allwinner processor with powergraphics SGX544MP GPU / 2GB RAM. It comes with 16GB memory, WiFi, Bluetooth, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 5 MegaPixel Front and Rear Camera, a Full USB 2.0 Port, a MicroSD Memory Card slot, and HDMI.

      It’s also one of the first tablets available to work with Miracast HD Wireless (like Apple TV) and it’s currently available in the U.S. through a site called Tablet Sprint–

  • V.A.N.

    This thing is awesome. I am really a “Nexus” guy, but recently I had to buy a Note 10.1 for business purposes. LOL…I didn’t really want to, being that the Note is almost a year old, but I needed that S-Pen. It was either that or the Surface Pro and it’s 3 hour battery life. Anway, I became a huge fan of the S-Pen and if this rumored products goes to market….it’s mine.

  • Frank Bales

    I would love to have this tablet. Bring it on Samsung! It would really be great if it had a keyboard dock as well. It might then be the perfect tablet/notebook combo.

  • freedomspopular

    The real question here is what on earth is Apple planning to do with a 12″ device. iPad with an extra row of icons?

    • http://www.davidvgonzales.com/ David Gonzales

      Isn’t it obvious?!

      • Sean Karpa

        looks more like something samsung would make, I think they are going to make their TV have a car battery feature for a cell phone.

        Anyway, I am certainly interested in this.

  • Roland

    the bigger the better!

  • Ruzveh

    This also reminds me of Samsung now getting more space available on the motherboard to include more technolody, isnt it?

  • sam

    ill take 2 of those pls

  • Jimmy Le

    Toshiba created a 13″ android tablet, and it failed to deliver. Let see if Samsung makes the same mistakes.

  • Jimmy Le

    Toshiba created a 13″ android tablet, and it failed to deliver. Let see if Samsung makes the same mistakes.

  • Michel Cap

    I think it’s a great idea. I own a 10.1″ tablet and I feel it’s too small for my big fingers. But seriously, it could bring about a, let’s call it, “new standard” for schools and universities. A 12″ tablet would still be easily transported in a backpack for example and would be a fantastic tool to, at first, complement the pen and paper and later maybe replace them all together. I’m all for that. Now Samsung dudes, if you’re reading this, make sure the bezel is a small as possible like in the Corning and IGZO videos. This would be the fatal blow to the competition.