Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 launch rumored for Q3
Samsung's next Galaxy Note could feature Sharp's IGZO display
Samsung is gearing up for another Galaxy Note launch, according to the latest rumors. This time around, the tablet is expected to measure in at a sizeable 12.2-inches and could feature Sharp’s IGZO display tech.
Recent reports suggest that the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note launch will take place sometime in Q3 2013.
The enormous Galaxy Note is also expected to include Samsung’s S-Pen functionality. It will run on Google’s Android operating system, but it’s unclear which version that will be. Samsung Display and Sharp are said to supply about 2.5 million 12.2-inch panels with a 2560 x 1600 resolution for the device, according to ETNews.
The report went on to note that the display could help things run more smoothly: “It is said that these panels will use Sharp’s IGZO (Indium-Gallium Zinc Oxide) technology, which is described as more power-efficient than any other screen technology out there.”
If Samsung does launch a 12.2-inch Galaxy Note in the third quarter, it will likely meet some serious competition from its biggest rival. Apple is also rumored to be launching its iPad 5 during the same time (current reports all point to a September launch). The full-size iPad already dominates the entire tablet market, so Samsung will need to pull out some pretty big punches if it plans its next Galaxy Note release during the same time.
And while Samsung’s Galaxy Note tablet seems to keep getting bigger, Apple’s iPad is supposedly working on getting smaller – well, thinner and lighter, anyway. The iPad 5 is rumored to be anywhere from 25 to 33 percent lighter than its predecessors.
It’s tough to imagine the average tablet buyer running out to buy a slab that’s the size of a laptop, but hey, Samsung has proved us wrong in the past (most notably with its smartphone/tablet crossover, better known as a “phablet”).
Let us know what you think. Would you buy a 12-inch tablet?