A 12-inch Samsung tablet has been rumored a few times so far this year, if you remember. It now turns out that it might be real after all, but it won’t be out before 2013 comes to a close. Instead, the Korean giant will launch it in early February as the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. We first heard about it back in July, and then in September we even got a leaked image.
The exact release of the 12.2-inch tablet is said to happen in the week that starts on February 3 and ends on February 9. It will come with 2,560×1,600 resolution, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage space, and a 9,500 mAh battery. It will run Android 4.4 KitKat from day one, and it’s going to weigh 750 grams. Its model numbers will be SM-P900 and SM-P905. Both Wi-Fi-only and LTE capable versions will be available, and the tablet will be out in black and white.
This, however, isn’t going to be the only tablet that Samsung will launch in the first quarter of 2014. We’ve already told you about the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, the cheapest tablet ever to come out of the Korean outlet. But alongside these two, Samsung will also release the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1.
The Tab Pro 8.4 is obviously expected to come with an 8.4-inch display, and its model numbers will be SM-T320 and SM-T325. It will arrive in the sixth week of the year, just like the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. It will sport 16 GB of storage and will be out in black and white.
The Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 (model numbers SM-T520 and SM-T525) is going to land sometime between February 10 and February 16. Both Pro tablets will have Wi-Fi-only and LTE-capable versions. The Tab Pro 10.1 will also be offered in black and white, and it too will have 16 GB of storage.
So Samsung is once again resorting to its strategy of flooding the market with products and seeing what sticks. This has brought it to the No.1 spot in the smartphone market, so clearly it’s working. 2014 is when Samsung really wants to get serious about tablets, amid slowing smartphone shipment growth, and these models are probably a big part of that focus.
We’re hoping that the Galaxy Tab Pro devices will come with truly high-end specs, unlike the non-Pro Galaxy Tabs which are basically budget oriented. The Note Pro 12.2 will be an experiment in seeing whether such huge tablets have potential buyers, and the specs seem to be pretty much identical to those of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition – hence, though not leaked yet, we expect the processor choice to be the same too.
With the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, Samsung may have a best seller on its hands, depending of course on how adequate the experience will be on such a low-end device. All in all, 2014 is already shaping up to be a very interesting year for tablets. And since it doesn’t have much competition from brand-name Android vendors, Samsung may quickly end up dominating the space by an even higher margin than it does the smartphone market.