Mobile phone company Samsung may be lining up a new slate of tablets for release in the first quarter of 2014. As rumor has it, the new tablets will be part of the Galaxy Pro family, and will come in 3 varied screen sizes.
This potential news comes from an “unnamed insider” of SamMobile, and claims that the company plans to release three Galaxy Pro tablets as well as a lite iteration of the popular Galaxy Tab 3 – all early next year. The three Galaxy Pro tablets will reportedly arrive in the following screen sizes: 8.4 inches, 10.1 inches, and 12.2 inches.
All three tablets will include Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi+4G LTE iterations, as well as a color choice of black or white. The 8.4 and 10.1 versions will house 16GB of internal memory for storage, while the 12.2 version will have double that, 32GB of storage.
The 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 Lite will apparently only have 3G service (with Wi-Fi of course) due to a potentially lower price than its siblings, a price of roughly $136.
The source claims that the Lite device will release first, starting in the second week of January, followed by the release of the 8.4 and 12.2 versions in the second week of February. The 10.1 model will follow in the third week of February. This would generate a market that, before March, would suddenly have not three, but four new tablets of varying sizes from not just one company, but one model family.
That’s a lot of consumer options. Perhaps, too many.
This news jives with previous reports this year that Samsung was developing a 12.2-inch tablet with a special S-Pen stylus and a screen resolution of 2560×1600. A report not two months ago claimed to have benchmarked such a device, indicating that it included a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of main memory (RAM).
Right now, this is all speculation – and though it’s an odd choice to release that many devices that closely together that vastly resemble one another (at least right now), it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
Let’s see how Samsung handles the situation – whether this tipster is spot on… or just pulling our legs.