Sam Mobile, a regular purveyor of Samsung related rumors (and pretty reliable at it) claims today that a Korean insider has filled them in on Samsung plans for the next months.
According to the alleged leak, Sammy is considering dropping the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 that is supposed to come this quarter, in favor of an 8-inch device. The Koreans are waiting to see how the Galaxy Note 8 is received by customers before making a decision. The S Pen-equipped Note 8 will be revealed at MWC in Barcelona, next month.
Why would Samsung prefer the 8-inch model over the Galaxy Tab 3 7? The most apparent reason is the Apple iPad Mini. Samsung might be trying to offer an alternative to the reportedly popular 8-inch device from Apple. It wouldn’t be the first time the Koreans act to counteract Apple’s moves.
The report makes a turn for the odd when Sam Mobile mentions an entirely new tablet that Samsung is considering bringing to the market – the Galaxy Tab 3 Plus. Why would Samsung want to obfuscate its already complex tablet lineup with a new device, is anyone’s guess. Still, remember the just-released Galaxy S2 Plus? It wouldn’t be the first time Sammy brings questionable products to market.
For now, we (think we) know that all the upcoming tablets from Samsung will come with Wi-Fi and LTE versions. Head over to the source for a complete rundown of the codenames of these tablets, as leaked by Sam Mobile’s man in Korea.
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to me thats a stupid move because people love the 7 inch factor something you can put in your back pocket in be on the go i was holding out but looks like i’ll be buying a nexus 7 after all
i have a Nexus 7.. I was going to ditch the N7 because it bores me.. it’s like an iPad.. fast but not so productive.. and wait for a Note 7 with the S-pen, but a Note 8 is too big for my front slacks pocket.. so, I guess I’ll either wait for the next gen Note or get a Note 2, but the screen is kinda small for my application
Exactly my thoughts ! 6 -7 inches is just perfect for mobile on the go !
I suspect Samsung is using the “plus” naming when they are releasing a budget or a localised version worldwide device for specific carries. They seem to be produced as limited release items to fill gaps in certain carriers lineups.
An example is the Tab 7.7 plus which was released on the Docomo network in Japan late last year. It features a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S3 processor which is a step down from the international version released a year earlier and well below the performance of other tablets released late last year. However it included features specific to the Japanese market (for example digital TV reception) and I suspect the S3 was used to allow it to be manufactured and sold more quickly so that Docomo would have something for it’s winter lineup that was similar to the Ipad mini being sold by its rivals.
Therefore my guess would be that any Galaxy Tab 3 Plus device would also be a budget or localised version of another tablet released in 2013 or 2012.
This is not going to help shake Samsung image of imitating apple. I hope the cycle of devices isn’t skimping on innovative ideas.
and who cares about this???