2014 is shaping up to be the year when tablets officially go bigger. We already know that Samsung are planning to launch the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro tablet soon, but now it looks like Apple will follow suit with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet of their own.
A few years ago, the possibility of a 12-inch tablet would be ridiculed upon, but now it seems that 12-inches is the next transition up to meet consumer demand, from those who still wouldn’t mind going a few sizes up.
While Samsung has already played their hand, don’t forget about Google in this 12-inch war either. Google has been eerily silent on the new product front as of late and we wouldn’t put it past them if they were to sudden stun the tablet world by launching not only the delayed Nexus 10, but also a brand new Nexus 12 tablet in 2014 as well.
Samsung has the bonus of releasing their 12-inch monsters first and we should see the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 go on sale in the coming weeks.
Apple meanwhile are making fans second guess on whether we see the iPad Pro introduced during Spring 2014, or make consumers wait until Fall 2014 after they have launched the iPhone 6.
Google must have an interesting spectator seat watching the action go on, as well as play close attention to feedback from consumers on if 12-inch tablets are really in demand at the moment.
Aside from a 12.9-inch screen, one of the big talking points about the iPad Pro is that it could be coming in two varieties – a 2k model and a luxurious 4k model. At the moment, the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina both have display resolutions of 2048×1536 pixels.
If a 2K iPad Pro is coming, then Apple can simply just increase the size of the tablet, but still have the same Retina display as the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina – it would still be 2K quality.
The 4K on the other hand would be a different beast and could feature a display quality that is seen on some UltraHD TV sets – imagine that kind of picture in the palm of your hand.
As a consumer watching all of the movement, give us your thoughts on how the tablet balance has now shifted to 12-inch warfare. Would you prefer to buy a 12-inch tablet from Apple, Google or Samsung?
Give us your reasons for your choice and your opinion on which tablet could prove to be the most successful.
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