The electronics giant is prepping a super-size Android device, code-named Tahoe, with midrange hardware components, according to industry scuttlebutt.
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Samsung may raise the ante on size for its next Android tablet, if recent chatter is to be believed. According to sources close to SamMobile, Samsung is currently developing a whopping 18.4-inch tablet.
Samsung has been fighting to maintain its lead among Android brands on both the smartphone and tablet front. A gigantic platter of a tablet would not only carve out its own space, but it might also create a new user segment (schools, office) altogether.
Reportedly running Android 5.1 Lollipop, the device is said to pack an octa-core 64-bit (Samsung) Exynos processor running at 1.6GHz. Memory is pegged at 2GB with internal storage listed at 32GB. Additional storage, coming by way of a microSD card slot, could allow for up to 128GB more for saving your movies, e-books and games.
Like more traditionally sized tablets, the 18.4-inch model, which is said to be going by the code-name "Tahoe," is alleged to offer two cameras, an 8-megapixel sensor on the back and more modest 2.1-megapixel camera up front. Other purported details include a 5,700mAh battery and its model number (SM-T670).
In an interesting twist, and perhaps to keep costs low, the display may come in at only 1,920x1,080 pixels. That would be an acceptable resolution for a 10-inch slate, but images could look very grainy on a screen measuring almost 20 inches. The 12-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, for example, offers up a crisp 2,560 x 1,600-pixel image.
There's no indication when Samsung could introduce the 18.4-inch tablet, but if it's really in the works, the yearly IFA electronics show is the next major industry trade event, taking place in Berlin early September.