Samsung Reportedly Testing 12-Inch Galaxy Note Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 S Pen

While tablet makers have made a push toward 7- and 8-inch tablets in the past year, slates are about to get much bigger—at least according to a new Samsung rumor. Following speculation that Apple is experimenting with a 13-inch iPad, a new rumor suggest Samsung is also working on larger tablets in the 10-inch and 12.2-inch range.

The unannounced SM-P900 tablet, which was allegedly leaked via Twitter by renowned tipster @evleaks, is expected to sport a 12.2-inch 2,560 x 1,600 resolution display, matching the screen quality of Google’s Nexus 10 tablet. The device will reportedly have Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 5 processor under the hood and an included S Pen like other Galaxy Note products.

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The other smaller 10-inch tablet, unofficially dubbed the SM-P600, is rumored to feature the same resolution display but will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip rather than Samsung’s processor.

This reported leak comes just ahead of this year’s IFA conference in Berlin, where Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Note 2 phablet in 2012. If @evleaks proves credible, there’s a chance we’ll see these larger-sized slates debut in Germany come September as well. 

Meanwhile, a Wall Street Journal report from last week suggests that Apple is testing a 13-inch iPad and larger displays for its iPhone line. Additionally, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company plans to refresh its flagship 9.7-inch slate with in-cell touch technology to create and even thinner design, although this hasn’t been confirmed.

At the moment, slates in the 13-inch range are more common in Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrids like the Asus Transformer Book. Toshiba experimented with a 13-inch Excite 13 Android tablet, but its relatively low resolution, lack of features and high $649 price made it a tough sell.

Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
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