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

Samsung is reportedly getting ready to launch its own 12-inch tablet some time in the not-too-distant future, beating Apple to the punch in early 2014. Here's what we know so far.
June 10, 2013
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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.