Apparent Samsung Tablet Road-Map Leaks Out; Including "Nexus 11" With Octa-Core CPU

It seems that Samsung is gearing up for a big push when it comes to tablets, as we reported earlier the Galaxy Tab 3 is official and ships with all the features you'd expect in a 7-inch Galaxy Tab. Now though, SamMobile claim to have gotten their hands on a leaked road-map of sorts for Samsung's tablet releases in 2013, and there are a few surprises in it.

Samsung Galaxy Tab DUOS 7.0

  • 7.0" PLS LCD 600 x 1024
  • 3 Megapixel - rear-facing camera
  • 2 Megapixel - front-facing camera
  • Dual-core
  • MicroSD support up to 32 GB

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0

  • 8.0" AMOLED 1080p
  • 5 Megapixel - rear-facing camera
  • 2 Megapixel - front-facing camera
  • Quad-core A9 (Exynos 4412)
  • MicroSD up to 64 GB

First up, we have tablets that come in under 10-inches and while the Galaxy Tab DUOS looks to be pretty much a dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Tab 3, the Tab 8.0 looks a lot more interesting. Not since the Galaxy Tab 7.7 have we seen a high-end AMOLED tablet from Samsung and now it looks like they might be using an 8.0-inch display, which would put them in direct competition with the iPad Mini. What doesn't seem likely however, is the inclusion of a 1080p display in this device, why would Samsung release the Note 8.0 with a lower resolution (a commenter has informed us that the Wacom Digitize cannot handle resolutions as high as 1080p, thanks, Greg!)? Perhaps Samsung are looking to appeal more to the common consumer with the Tab 8.0, there's no denying that such a selling-point would be pretty helpful, especially if Apple decide to put a "retina display" in the next iPad Mini.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 11

  • 11" Super PLS TFT
  • 8 Megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 2 Megapixel front-facing camera
  • Dual-Core A-15 (Exynos 5250)
  • MicroSD support up to 64 GB

Nexus 11

  • 11" Super PLS TFT
  • 8 Megapixel - rear-facing camera
  • 2 Megapixel - front-facing camera
  • Octa-Core A-15 / A-7 (Exynos 5410)
  • MicroSD support up to 64 GB

On to the larger tablets, and it looks like Samsung are readying some more high-resolution tablets, there's nothing confirmed when it comes to resolution but if the Galaxy Tab 11 were being considered as a follow-up to the Nexus 10, then they could be somewhere near the 2560 x 1600 in that. What's interesting here however, is that the Galaxy Tab 11 has an inferior CPU to the Nexus 11, surely Google would rather stick with a 5250 to keep costs down than go in with a CPU that Samsung are apparently struggling with? As well as that, it's very hard to believe that Google will feature an SD Card in another Nexus Device as they haven't done since the Nexus S launched years ago.

These could just be rumors and they certainly don't seem too concrete to me but, if Google were to release a follow-up to the Nexus 10, having Samsung make it seems a pretty good idea. What do you think? Will Google go with Samsung again or is this all just fancy rumors?

[Source: SamMobile]

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