With the rise of 7-8-inch screen sizes and the iPad Air, tablets seem to be getting smaller and lighter. Samsung however, is doing its usual Samsung thing and going bigger. The apparent existence of a 12.2-inch Android tablet, the “Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2,” has been leaked to Sammobile, along with a whole host of specs.
According to the report, The Note Pro will come in two flavors: Wi-Fi-only (SM-P900) and LTE (SM-P905). The specs listed are for the LTE version—Wi-Fi-only Samsung devices usually have a Samsung-made Exynos SoC, but it’s unclear if that’s the case with the Note Pro. The LTE model should be packing the usual 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, Adreno 330 GPU, and 3GB of RAM. The resolution is the same as the Note 10.1—2560×1600, which gives it a PPI of 247. Rounding out the specs are a 2.1MP front camera, 8MP rear camera, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, an IR blaster, and Android 4.4.2. While it isn’t stated in the report, like the rest of the Note family, the behemoth tablet will no doubt have an S-Pen. On paper, it just seems to be a bigger version of the Galaxy Note 10.1, and knowing Samsung, it will probably look a lot like the Note 10.1, too.
Does anyone want a 12-inch tablet? Maybe the “Pro” designation would involve some kind of enhanced functionality like a keyboard dock. Samsung’s TouchWiz skin has a ton of multitasking features, like split-screen apps and floating windows, but it’s still hard to imagine Android working well on such a large screen. Still, “big” has always done well for Samsung, so maybe the company is hoping to replicate its phablet success in the tablet space. The smart money is on the Note Pro 12.2 showing up at Mobile World Congress, which kicks off on February 24. Ars will be at the show and will be on the lookout for this massive slab of leathery-backed Android hardware.
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