KOREAN HARDWARE MAKER Samsung reportedly is planning to release a 12.2in tablet in the third quarter as it looks to further challenge Apple's iPad.
That's according to Korean website ETNews, which reported on Monday that Samsung will add a 12.2in tablet to its Galaxy Note range later in the year, just before Apple launches its next iPad. This apparently will be a similarly sized 12in tablet called the Apple iPad Maxi, but we advise taking that rumour with a fairly hefty pinch of salt.
We don't know much about the Samsung tablet yet either, although it apparently will have a 2560x1600 resolution screen and might, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, feature an Intel Atom processor.
The report claims that the device, likely to arrive as the Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2, will also feature an included S Pen stylus, which means we can expect to see the usual set of preloaded apps such as S Note and S Planner. It's unclear yet which version of Android the tablet will run, but it's likely to be Google's yet unannounced Android 4.3 mobile operating system, skinned with Samsung's Touchwiz user interface.
If it's anything like Samsung's previous Galaxy Note tablets, we're also expecting to see dual cameras, support for 3G and 4G connectivity and expandable storage.
There's no word on a release date or pricing yet, but Samsung is likely to announce the device in August or September.
Samsung said it does not comment on rumour or speculation. µ