Apple and Samsung 12in tablets coming soon?

Apple and Samsung 12in tablets coming soon?

The Apple v Samsung slugfest may soon be about to open up a new frontier with the rumour that both companies are working on tablets with 12in or bigger displays.

After recent claims that Samsung is working on a 12.2in Galaxy Tab, DigiTimes is going even further, saying that Apple is also looking at prising open the big-screen tablet category.

It reckons the technology giants are looking at the new tablet niche as a means of getting away from the ever-increasing level of competition among smaller-screened tablets.

However, Digi's sources “from the upstream supply chain” suggest both companies are likely to move cautiously since they both stand to lose if already-weakening notebook sales start tailing off even more quickly.

But with momentum in the tablet market also starting to stall, a situation not helped by the increasing number of low-end devices shouldering in for a slice of the pie, the move to a bigger screen size is inevitable and Apple and Samsung are probably the only two players that can afford to take a risk right now in prising open a new market.

That said, it's a bit of a surprise we haven't already seen someone have a serious crack at big-screened tablets. The PC market is a tough place to be right now, and considering how smartphone screen sizes keep going go up and up, it's surprising tablets haven't followed suit.

If anything, they've actually gone the other way when you consider how many 7-inchers there are out there versus two years ago.

This is all just speculation, of course, but given previous rumours and Samsung's policy of sticking Android and a screen on pretty much anything with a circuit board inside, we'd say it's only a matter of time.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 12, 2013 at 18:51

Isn't that Apple rumour a couple of months old? Gee, they are testing larger and smaller screens. What about experimenting with touch enabled MacBooks? There are Nokia Android devices also. Everyone plays with everything. Just in case.
That said: I'd love a 13-in iPad. First iDevice I'd pay for.

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