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Samsung could beat Apple to market with a high-res 12.2-inch SM-P905 tablet

New information adds credibility to earlier reports about a 12.2-inch tablet coming from Samsung in the close future.
July 22, 2013
Samsung Galaxy smartpad

Remember that intriguing 2560 x 1600 tablet from Samsung we’ve reported on a couple of weeks back? Some new information that came our way suggests that the device may be Samsung’s first 10-inch+ tablet.

According to a database that keeps track of goods trafficked on India’s airports, Samsung is currently testing a tablet codenamed SM-P905 that sports a massive 12.2-inch display. That’s the only info we get from the listing, aside the semi-obvious presence of cellular connectivity.

SM P905 - KOREA,REPUBLIC OF - Export, Import, Price Data and HS Code 32 000522

The SM-P905 designation looks suspiciously similar to the codename of the 2560 x 1600 tablet I’ve mentioned above, which is SM-P900. Could the two designations refer to variants of the same device? It sure looks like it, knowing Samsung longtime conventions.

An older report from South Korea claimed that this 12-inch tablet would be a member of the Note family (or at least feature an S Pen) and would come in the second half of 2013. We’ll have to wait for more confirmation on that info for now.

So, what does Apple has to do with this story? Coincidentally, the WSJ just reported that Apple is asking suppliers for a display that is just under 13-inch across. That alone means nothing – Apple, like other manufacturers, is known to constantly test out new prototypes and products. However, WSJ’s report confirms some earlier gossip about an iPad Maxi (yes, silly name), meaning that there may be some truth to it.

Are Samsung and Apple both working on 12+-inch tablets? Stranger things have happened. It isn’t crazy to think that Samsung may be trying to outdo Apple and come with a large tablet first.

Regardless of whoever wins this race, the outcome will be another blow to the struggling PC industry. A 12-inch tablet should easily replace the laptop for many, many users.