Samsung is reportedly planning an even larger Galaxy Note tablet for launch later this year with a very high resolution screen. According to Korea’s ET News, the South Korean technology giant is working on a Galaxy Note 12.2 tablet. The slate will, as its name implies, have a 12.2-inch display along with a screen resolution of 2560 X 1600.
The resolution would compare well to Apple’s Retina Display screen on the fourth generation iPad, which has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels.
The screen is reportedly being manufactured by Sharp using the IGZO technology, which will help with battery life and sharpness. IGZO screen was at one point rumored to be coming to the fourth generation iPad and the iPhone 5, but that never materialized. We saw the technology demoed at the Consumer Electronics Show and walked away pretty impressed with Sharp’s offering. It should also be noted that Samsung does have an investment in Sharp.
As with the Galaxy Note series, Samsung will likely use its S Pen active digitizer for the tablet, which itself is based on Wacom technology. The S Pen would allow for Galaxy Note 12.2 owners to write and draw on the screen while also enabling them to take advantage of unique applications centered around the S Pen.
The 12-inch display size is also rumored to be coming to a larger sized iPad tablet next year. Apple so far has not commented or announced any plans for the 12-inch iPad, nor do we have a name for the slate. Currently, Apple offers an iPad mini with a 7.9-inch display as well as a regular sized iPad with a 9.7-inch screen.
The iPad mini is rumored to be getting a refresh this fall with a higher resolution Retina Display screen. The current Galaxy Note is available with a 5.5-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch display size.