Samsung tablets

Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4/10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite rumored for Q1 launch

Rumors have been circulating for the past several weeks surrounding possible Samsung tablets arriving in early 2014, and now one outlet is claiming to have nailed down the specific branding behind these devices. SamMobile reports through "insider" sources that Samsung will launch four new tablets in the first quarter of next year — the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. The "Pro" models will purportedly come in Wifi and LTE variants, while the Tab 3 Lite will have a 3G cellular option in addition to Wifi-only.

The purported "Galaxy Tab Pro" devices seem to jive with recent reports out of Korea indicating that Samsung tabs around the 8 and 10-inch mark are coming to compete with Apple's iPad Air and retina iPad Mini. One such report suggests both will pack high-res AMOLED displays as opposed to the LCD panels used in current Samsung tablets. Meanwhile a 12.2-inch Galaxy Note tablet has been rumored since late July, where it was mentioned alongside what turned out to be the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Naturally all three "Pro" devices are expected to be high-end offerings.

By contrast the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite would seem to be a decidedly entry-level device — SamMobile reports a price point around €100 for the budget-centric tab. The site suggests a launch in the second week of 2014 for the Tab 3 Lite, with the Pro 8.4 and Note Pro 12.2 following in week six and the Pro 10.1 arriving in week seven. 

With the exception of the Galaxy Note 10.1, it's been a long time since we've seen a traditional high-end Android tablet out of Samsung. We'll take these unconfirmed reports with a pinch of salt we hear any official word, but if they're accurate we could be in for an interesting few months in the Android tablet space.

Source: SamMobile


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New Samsung 'Pro' tablets rumored for early 2014


Wasn't Samsung going to release a dual opsys Android / Windows 10" tablet shown at the conference in Germany last summer?

They probably did what all the other Windows tablet OEMs did between last summer and now- abandoned making Windows tablets/Windows RT devices.

The ATIV Q! I believe some patent issue is causing a delay.

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So is this the almost mythical 12 inch Samsung tablet we've heard about since the dawn of time?

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Not sure where they would price these to "compete with Apple's iPad Air and retina iPad Mini". The Note series is already at iPad price points. And by "Premium", do they mean aluminum construction? We've already heard the rumors of an aluminum S5.
It would make the most sense to have 3 price points in the tablet market. The Tab series at the low end (Which means dropping the price on the 8" to $229 and the 10" to $279), a mid-grade Note series (which means dropping the price about $100 each) and the new high end Pro series, which will have to be priced lower than Apples offerings to even stand a chance, especially if this "premium" construction eliminates expandable storage. Pricing any device above an iPad is tablet suicide.
Then again, marketplace sensibilities have eluded Samsung for quite some time.

Why? Oh Samsung. They're becoming like Windows with all of these different versions of the same thing. (sigh)

Stealth Droid - Working in the Nexus Lab

But, this isn't new. Samsung has done this, for the last few years.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

and you really cannot knock the success. They throw everything against the wall and pick out what sticks.

If it good that there are choices. 8 - 10 - 12" tablets. One really budget offering. What seems to be the problem?

I cannot sufficiently express my assent. Since the Tab 3s and the new Note 10.1, I don't think I'm ever buying a Samsung product. I don't like their button layout, but at least it could be changed on their old tablets..

I sense sarcasm?

Also the buttons are not practical on a tablet. On screen on tablets makes way more sense because the buttons don't move with the way you turn the tab, where as on screen do. Not to mention if the physical buttons break, your device is pretty much ruined.

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So, I had a blue haze in my screen, I got it repaired.
I get it back and there's a blue spot on the screen.
So yeah, defective.

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While I have never had an issues with a home button breaking (nor really heard of it, but ok) I would rather have the on screen buttons on a tablet.

MY POS tablet has a hardware button and I figured I would get used to it because of my SGS3, but it just wasnt the same.

My N7 obviously has on screen and it feels a bit more natural.

Well, the home button breaking thing came from iPhones that I have owned previously. Those buttons break very easily. Maybe that's different with Samsung products, I don't know. The only Samsung phones I have ever owned were feature phones and a gnex.

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I agree! Hardware buttons on any tablet are downright dumb. I really want a 12 inch tablet with bleed edge specs but Samsung will not get my money if the continue with the stupid hardware home button. I might consider it if an CM or AOSP ROM gets released but I can't see paying the premium for the "Note" features to disable them. Just give me a screaming fast 12 inch tablet without all the TW/Note features at a reasonable price ($500-600 max).

Planned on trading in a tab 2 7.0 for a better 8in. guess I need to wait a while longer to see what's offered

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The G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is fantastic! It's already updated to 4.4.2, is fast, and is stock android. Worth the look & purchase

Ha! Those buttons are here to stay. They make it easier for Galaxy S owners to transition to their tablets.

At least I have mine modded with virtual buttons. Sometimes I use the physical ones though.

The last "premium", "flagship" - Note 10.1 (2012) - is still lacking updates. That's enough "pro" for me and the last "pro" from Samsung. I think, Samsung must have translated words "premium", "flagship" and "pro" definitely wrong.

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it is 2 years old and on Jellybean.

The only tablet that you are going to find that will keep it more up to date is a Nexus, and the 10" nexus seems to be MIA

Two years? Launched during october 2012-beginning on 2013 worldwide. I got mine on september 2012 in my country. It's barely a year old device.

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So, the "lite" series tablets will be 3g only.
A considerable number of the customers I speak to daily, refer to 4G LTE as "4G lite".

I see trouble ahead...

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The question is not will it blend but will it lag? So far Samsung doesn't seem to give one crap about releasing a lagfest tablet. I own both Note tablets. So I know better than anybody.

Speaking of huge tablets, are there brand name Android tablets that are larger than 10 inches? Brand name I suppose would be Samsung and anyone who's gotten to do a Nexus device.