Rumor: 12-inch Samsung tablet in the works, could arrive in October

by: Andrew GrushAugust 19, 2013

Samsung Galaxy smartpad

In the smartphone world, picking up a handset with a massive display size seems to be the trendy thing to do. For tablets, it’s the opposite story.

As 7 and 8-inch tablets continue to gain traction, the 10-inch form factor seems to be losing some of its steam. Does that mean that manufacturers are no longer interested in pushing the limits on tablet display size? Apparently not, as evidence continues to pile up suggesting that Samsung has a 12-inch Android tablet in the works.

We first heard about the possibility of a 12-inch (or 12.2-inch?) Android-powered Sammy tablet back in June, when Korean-based ET News reported that the massive tab would feature an impressive 2560 x 1600 resolution. Besides the resolution, all we knew at the time was that the tablet allegedly would arrive in the not-too-distant future.

Fast-forwarding a bit, we’ve now seen at least two reports that seemingly confirm the tablet’s existence – and its resolution.

Even though a 12-inch tablet might not be welcome by the average Joe, it could certainly prove to be a popular device among certain professional and niche consumer circles.

Adding additional fuel to this rumor’s flame, today we present a report claiming that not only is Samsung readying a 12-inch (or higher) Android tablet, it is also speculated that the tablet could arrive in October. The latest word comes from Korea Economic Daily, citing industry sources.

Beyond the tablet’s resolution and possible release timeframe, we really don’t know much else about the device. We can tell you that some reports say that the tablet might end up as part of the Galaxy Note family, which would mean including a stylus of sorts.

Are rumors of a 12-inch Android tablet believable?

How likely are the rumors of a 12-plus-inch Samsung Android tablet? While speculation is certainly advised until we have more concrete information, we have to say that nothing we’ve heard about this tablet sounds terribly unbelievable.

Samsung seems more than willing to experiment with different sizes and form factors, and even though a 12-inch tablet might not be welcome by the average Joe, it could certainly prove to be a popular device among certain professional and niche consumer circles.

What do you think, would you be interested in a 12-inch tablet, or is the size just too large?

  • Piyush

    i think so samsung has an employee , which thinks bigger the better ;). jokes aside 12″ tablet looks good for professionals, like artist.

  • Not so interesting to me. The size of Note 10.1 is already uncomfortable to me – though I like the architecture. If samsung designed Note8 with the architecture of Note10.1, I believe it will be a hit. BUT the camera should be upgraded a little bit.

  • SkylaC90

    i love the idea of a 12in tablet, 10 inches is far to small to be useful

  • Jason Yuen

    Samsung Galaxy Foot Tab o.O

    • Fritz


  • MasterMuffin

    I like the Ativ Q’s screen, 13,3″ with resolution of 3200×1800! Bit of an overkill, but who doesn’t like overkills :)

  • Jenny O’Farrell

    I think a 12.2 note would be great for my husband who is a real estate agent. Especially for signing contracts. Could be a great Paper saver.

  • olbp

    I agree, a 12.2 inch NOTE would be ideal. That size would also make a keyboard with full size keys practical, and boy would I love that. I HATE the dinky keys on my nexus 10.

    • simpleas

      I also agree. I really wish we had a huge tablet. the ipad is just too small for me. I can go for 12.2 or even 13’s

  • Ruz

    Tablets are not subsidised due to which some nations dont buy them because its expensive for them. Where as in Asian nations its opp.

    • danderson10k

      Another 12-inch tablet to launch this month is the new VOYO A15 Android model ($299) and features an impressive Samsung Exynos 5250 Cortex A15 processor – 2.0 Ghz as well as a high resolution 1920X1080 IPS Screen. It offers Android 4.2.2 – 2GB RAM / 16GB and comes preinstalled with Google Play and also works with both Chromecast as well as the new Miracast TV – HD wireless system.

      More details available at — T ab l e t S p r i n t–

      • simpleas

        thats pretty damn awesome.

      • Ruz

        thats good but it doesnt excite me :(

  • Guest12

    I have been holding out buying a Tablet for two reasons: I know I would need to do stuff from work on it and editing a MS Office file on a 7″ or 10″ screen is difficult. Ife tried with store demos and just that issue caused me to walk away. Additionally, I would really like the ability to view/read my magazine subscriptions digitally, but without scrolling or zooming in and out. The ideal tablet for me would be the exact same form factor and size as a standard magazine (think Popular Mechanics, People, etc.). 12″ is knocking on that door as long as they don’t release it in this annoying wide screen format that most tablets are in right now. That’s great for playing games or watching videos, but not practical for anything else. If the IPad ran MS Office, had a larger screen, had USB ports for external media drives, and allowed me to expand the memory with an SD card, I would buy that. Simply put, for business professionals, there is a wide open market for serious business-oriented tablets.

  • Fritz

    WHat is interesting is the HP Spilt X2, I think. A 13″ Windows 8 Tablet with detachable keyboard. The tablet is 1.5 pounds! They (HP) are holding back on making an android version because they are now in the Microsoft Camp

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    yes. this is a necessity. I cannot stand how we moved from larger screens to having to accept these mini-screen waste of money. I want my laptops to have 17+ inch screens and tablets to be 11+ inches. If I am going to be using a tablet to read books, magazines, textbooks etc I want it the same size. I will buy 5 of these things if they are built.