Samsung appears ready to try a bigger Android slate in 2014, perhaps a tablet that can suffice as a laptop replacement for some. The anticipated product name is the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, suggesting a 12.2-inch display. Benchmarks for the alleged tablet were found on Wednesday by enthusiast site SamMobile and offer a hint of what the product might have inside.
According to the Antutu benchmarks, the Note Pro 12.2 as tested used a 2560 × 1600 display with 16:10 aspect ratio. The device under test used a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, 3 GB of memory and was running Android 4.2.2. SamMobile indicates a new version of Samsung TouchWiz is on the device and the sites sources say it will look noticeably different.
The tablet also has an 8 megapixel rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front sensor and IR blaster. Expected are two versions, one with Wi-Fi only and one with LTE support. Both would have 802.11ac W-Fi support, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0 +LE. There’s no mention of a GPS radio, but I expect Samsung is also including one. As a Note product, the tablet would surely have a stylus as well.
Expectation of the device launch isn’t at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show. Instead, February’s Mobile World Congress is the likely debut.
I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Samsung does out a larger tablet as most Android slates top out around 10-inches in size. A larger display becomes very useful when you consider that Samsung is the only major Android device-maker with products that can run multiple Android applications on-screen simultaneously. I’m not sure a large slate from LG, HTC, or Sony, for example would be as useful for this reason.
On the other hand, I find the Android experience to diminish a bit when moving it to bigger screens. The operating system and apps are more enjoyable on a smaller device, such as the Nexus 7.
That’s just my personal experience and opinion, of course: I know there are people happy with their larger Android tablets. And a 12.2-inch tablet should still be light enough and portable to take most places, even with a keyboard attachment; something that wouldn’t be surprising for Samsung to develop and offer alongside the Note Pro 12.2.