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Samsung May Switch to 4:3 Aspect Ratio in Upcoming Tablets

January 20, 2015 - Written By Nick Sutrich

Over the years, Samsung has released what feels like hundreds of tablets, all differing from each other slightly in one way or another.  Some feature larger screens, some only have WiFi radios, while others like the Note series include the S-Pen for greater productivity purposes.  But there’s one big thing that all Samsung tablets share in common with each other; they all feature a widescreen aspect ratio like a movie theater projection screen or an HDTV.  This has allowed Samsung to market the tablet as more of a media device to watch movies in their proper aspect ratio, as well as the ability to split the screen into multiple 4:3 windows for maximum productivity.

Meanwhile Apple has been pushing the 4:3 aspect ratio since the intro of the iPad, touting that it’s a better aspect ratio for a tablet since you need to rotate the device to landscape mode sometimes, and having a super tall tablet is just plain awkward.  Google was swayed this past year with the Nexus 9, having moved to the 4:3 ratio after two years of using 16:9 on its Nexus 7 tablets.  Now if rumors are to be believed Samsung has also been drinking the Kool-Aid and will, in fact, move to a 4:3 ratio on at least some of its upcoming tablets for 2015.

According to SamMobile, the upcoming product lines with model numbers SM-T35x, SM-T55x, SM-P35x and SM-P55x are looking to all feature the more square 4:3 aspect ratio.  Going by model number the 35x tablets should feature an 8-inch display and the 55x models should feature a 9.7-inch display, putting them right in line with the rest of the Samsung tablets out there, baring aspect ratio of course.  Lastly, we’re seeing a 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 410 powering the experience here, meaning 64-bit Android 5.0 Lollipop will almost certainly launch with all of these new tablets.  What’s particularly interesting here is that the SM-P tablets of either size might be new mid-range entries into the Galaxy Note lineup of tablets, meaning Samsung is pushing 4:3 to both the Note and Tab line of tablets.  Whether or not we’ll see these in a month at Mobile World Congress isn’t certain, but we expect them to launch somewhere around or after the Galaxy S6 this Spring.