Thought the Galaxy Tab 3, and the four SKUs it brings doesn't stuff Samsung's tablet lineup enough? How about dropping in another dozen? According to a SamMobile report, the company is doing just that, expanding its tablet lineup even further. The report speaks of three curious new products, two of which are off-shoots of existing fare.
To begin with, we could see the creation of the Galaxy Tab 3 Duos. The Galaxy Tab 3 may be just hours old on the market, but its makers are already working on the Galaxy Tab 3 Duos. If its name isn't a dead giveaway, the Tab 3 Duos is a dual-SIM twin of the original, launched earlier today. It will likely have two SKUs based on the internal storage capacity (8 GB and 16 GB), and will be cellular-capable, with two SIM cards. Dual-SIM clicks only select markets (eg: China), and these are markets with very limited proliferation of 4G LTE technology. So in all likelihood, the second cellular interface will only be 3G HSPA+ capable, or downright 2G. Dual-SIM finds its utility mainly in voice and SMS services.
Moving on, there's talk of a Galaxy Tab 8.0 with AMOLED screen. Roughly the size of the Galaxy Note 8.0, this S-Pen devoid 8-incher could feature a brilliant AMOLED screen, provided of course, the company has overcome overheating issues with the panel. The tablet could feature a quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU inside an Exynos 4412 SoC, and a set of 5 MP and 2 MP cameras. This could position the tablet a notch above the Galaxy Note 8.0.
Next up, is talk of Samsung taking on Apple's next-generation iPad with something bigger, a sequel to today's Galaxy Tab 3 launch being that of a 7-inch tablet. Apparently, Samsung is working on Galaxy Tab 11, which as the name suggests, is a 11-inch tablet. If Samsung manages its bezel sizes well, a 11-inch tablet could be made not much bigger than a 4th generation iPad, with its centimeter-thick bezels around the 9.7-inch screen. The large screen size could then be accompanied with at least 1080p resolution. Given that Apple is toying with IGZO technology with its next iPad, Samsung has its task cut out. Bigger isn't good enough, it should also have a great resolution. There's already talk of the Tab 11 featuring just a dual-core processor, and a Super PLS (IPS-like) panel.
Lastly, there are whispers about Samsung bagging Google's partnership for developing the Google Nexus 11, another 11-inch tablet, but co-designed by Google. What sets this beast apart from the Galaxy Tab 11 will be high-end hardware, including the company's octa-core Exynos 5410 processor. Like the Galaxy Tab 11, it could feature a combination of 8 MP rear and 2 MP front cameras. This could end up being the world's first tablet with an eight-core processor.
Tentative launch dates of these products are all over the place, but we could find more clarity as Google I/O draws closer.