Samsung hoping to release 11.6-inch tablet with Retina Display before the iPad 3

Wed, Dec 14, 2011

News, Rumors

Samsung has done an impressive job of giving Apple’s iPhone a run for its money with its line of Galaxy smartphones. Though Apple claims, and in our opinion rightfully so, that Samsung flagrantly copied the look and feel of the iPhone, there’s still no getting around the fact that Samsung’s Android phones are selling quite well.

On the other side of things, no company has yet been able to give Apple’s iPad any sort of serious threat. But with dollar signs in their eyes, Samsung is certainly trying.

Now the iPad 3 will likely launch in either March or April of next year. While details about the as-of-yet unannounced device remain scarce, initial reports point to an A6 processor along with a high resolution Retina Display.

And looking, as always, to steal some of that iPad 3 thunder is Samsung. According to a recent report from BGR, Samsung is working hard to release its own 11.6-inch tablet featuring a Retina Display before Apple’s iPad 3.

BGR has learned from a trusted source that Samsung is set to launch an 11.6-inch tablet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich next year, and it will most likely be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February. Even though the tablet features a larger display than Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, we’re told that the tablet is “barely larger” due to the fact the slate will have a thinner bezel with a whopping 2560 x 1600 resolution, 11.6-inch screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio.

Now there is a difference between showcasing a device at an expo and actually getting it into stores so we’ll have to wait and see what type of tablet competition Samsung is able to give Apple.

The two companies remain involved in numerous legal spots across the globe, with Apple aggressively going after Samsung’s smartphones and tablets. Recently, a US Judge denied Apple’s motion for a preliminary injunction that would bar the sale of certain Samsung products while a court in Australia last week overturned an injunction that had been issued against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Lastly, it’s interesting to note that the upcoming 11.1-inch Samsung tablet is rumored to include a wireless docking station to enable HDTV gaming and entertainment options a’la AirPlay.

via BGR


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