Samsung’s year in tablets has hardly been a quiet one, with the Galaxy Tabs E, A and S2 all having emerged since the turn of the calendar, and a further Tab rumoured for IFA come September.
But it seems, at least where the South Korean manufacturer is concerned, that quantity just isn’t enough: according to SamMobile, the tech giant is working on a, well, giant tablet.
With most modern tablets packing somewhere between 7in to 9in displays, with the upper end pushing 10.1in or so, Samsung is reportedly dwarfing them all with a whopping 18.4in display.
Rumoured specs suggest a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, powered by an octa-core 1.6GHz Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM and a massive 5,700mAh battery (though such a huge juice-pack is no surprise, given that it will have to power all that screen real-estate).
And, of course, because you’ll want to hoist your mega-tab into the air for a few snaps here and there, the new SM-T670 monstrablet, code-named ‘Tahoe’, will apparently pack an 8MP rear camera and 2.1MP selfie snapper.
There’s no word yet on when we might see the Tahoe, so it could either run Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Samsung software, like current devices, or be timed to pack an Android Marshmallow foundation should it come late enough.
LARGE YET SLIM
What the Korean company foresees the Tahoe being used for isn’t quite clear – such a huge touchscreen tech titan could, in theory, find use in schools, meetings and on coffee tables for group collaboration, but the reality of much modern device usage is usually an individual affair.
At a rumoured 451.8mm wide, 275.8mm tall and 11.9mm thick, the Tahoe would certainly be remarkably slimline for such a large device (did someone say ‘bendgate’?), but probably that bit too big for day-to-day carry-around convenience.
That said, it could well be that Samsung will end up marketing the new giant tab as something of a Surface rival: keyboard case accessories could make it an overgrown hybrid capable of delivering real multitasking options over its colossal display.
With details presently sparse, we’ll keep things up to date as and when they emerge.