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Would you buy a 14-inch Samsung tablet?
- A Samsung survey suggests the company is launching a 14.6-inch tablet.
- This possible Galaxy Tab S8 would include a 120Hz OLED screen, dual front cameras and up to 12GB of RAM.
- It’s not clear how close this model might be to production.
The Galaxy Tab S7 Plus might not be Samsung’s largest slate for long. Android Police spotted a since-deleted tweet showing a South Korean survey that hinted Samsung might launch a 14-inch tablet in the near future.
The 14-inch tablet (codenamed “Basquiat 3,” possibly the Galaxy Tab S8) would reportedly center around a 14.6-inch, 120Hz OLED screen that dwarfs the 12.4-inch display of the Tab S7 Plus — this would be even more of a laptop replacement than its predecessor. The extra visual real estate would also include a second, 5MP ultra-wide camera to join the 8MP standard model, and an under-screen fingerprint reader would make sign-ons easy.
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You’d also get the best performance of the new lineup, according to the survey. While 11- and 12.4-inch models (Basquiat 1 and 2, respectively) would have no more than 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, the 14-inch tablet would come in a version with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of space if a ‘starter’ 8GB/128GB model wasn’t enough. There would be a larger 12,000mAh battery versus the 10,090mAh of the 12-inch device, although we wouldn’t expect longer battery life as a result.
All three designs would have the “fastest next-gen” application processor (possibly a Snapdragon 888 Plus), a Bluetooth-based S Pen, quad speakers, and a dual rear camera system with 13MP and 5MP sensors. The 14-inch tablet would likely be an “Ultra” version of the smaller models rather than a truly unique machine.
There’s no indication of when any of these models might be available. However, the survey hints Samsung might charge a starting price of about $1,320 for the 14-inch tablet in its home country. For context, a 128GB Galaxy Tab S7 Plus officially sells for about $849.99 in the US as of this writing — you’d pay a sizeable premium for the giant version.
This begs the question, though: would you buy a 14-inch tablet if Samsung made one? It might be unwieldy for handheld use, but it could also be just what you need if you’re looking for a laptop replacement and find the Tab S7 Plus or iPad Pro too compact for your tastes. Let us know how you feel both in the poll below and in the comments.