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Samsung looks to beat iPad 3 to market

by Alistair Lowe on 9 December 2011, 10:29

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS)

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Website BGR claims to have learned from a trusted source, that Samsung is looking to launch a new Android 4.0 tablet next year, most likely at the Mobile World Congress in February.

What's more, is this tablet claims to sport a large 11.6 inch 16:10 screen whilst being "barely larger" than the current Galaxy Tab as the device will sport an extra-thin bezel. To top-off matters and to put a serious dent into Apple's iPad 3 launch plans, the display will feature a whopping, Retina-like, 2560 x 1600 resolution, exceeding the reported 2048 x 1536 resolution of the iPad 3.

The tablet's CPU will actually remain dual-core, though in a good way, as it will likely feature Samsung's new Exynos 5250 ARM Cortex-A15 model, clocked at 2GHz, which should perform relatively in-line with the Tegra 3 quad-core Cortex-A9 running at 1.3GHz. Despite earlier rumours, it's now rumoured that Apple's A6 CPU may be of a similar Cortex-A15 design to the Exynos. It will be interesting to see just how these new chips compare with the Tegra 3 and what, if any, power savings may be possible from sticking with a dual-core design.

It's also suggested that the tablet will feature Android Beam for quick syncing with smartphones, such as the Galaxy Nexus and that a special wireless docking mode will be included for gaming on HDTVs, helping the firm compete with Apple TV, AirPlay and dare we even say the Nintendo Wii-U.

If these rumours indeed ring true, February looks to be an exciting month, with Apple also suggested to announce its iPad 3 around the same time. We can't wait for the showdown!



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Nice product, shame it'll be so expensive. I love my £200 (+£50 3G stick) Archos 80 G9, but really that's the most I'd spend considering what it's usable for. Once I need to go beyond movies/browsing/reading a magazine then I need another device, for proper books there's a Kindle, and for real work I have to turn to a laptop, desktop etc. Trying to manage servers over SSH on a tablet is an exercise in frustration.
and will they then sue Apple for copying them?
kingpotnoodle
Nice product, shame it'll be so expensive. I love my £200 (+£50 3G stick) Archos 80 G9, but really that's the most I'd spend considering what it's usable for. Once I need to go beyond movies/browsing/reading a magazine then I need another device, for proper books there's a Kindle, and for real work I have to turn to a laptop, desktop etc. Trying to manage servers over SSH on a tablet is an exercise in frustration.

For me Kindle is too slow for manga! Laptop is too uncomfortable! There's the niche! :)
I'd consider this - i've been waiting for a high res tablet and i've no interest in an iOS product (especially since getting a phone with ICS on it). If it comes in at iPad pricing that'll work for me.
They can stick a 2560x1600 on a 11.6“ tablet but can only manage 1366x768 on a 15” laptop?

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