Samsung’s Mega-Tablets Could be Flops

    March 24, 2014
    Sean Patterson
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Last year rumors held that both Samsung and Apple were working on mega-tablets, larger versions of their popular tablet lines that could contain displays larger than one foot across. The tales turned out to be true in Samsung’s case, though it seems now that the Korean company may end up regretting that fact.

DigiTimes Research today released a report detailing just why Samsung’s recently announced 12.2-inch tablets are unlikely to win over the market in the near future.

The report points out that while Samsung has aimed the tablets at the business market, notebook PCs at a similar price point are already available for the same market. The less expensive Galaxy TabPRO retails for nearly $650 – far more expensive than the Chromebooks that have begun to rise in popularity in recent quarters.

To make the tablets more viable for a business setting, Samsung has packed its mega-tablets with software designed to allow for enterprise use-cases. The offerings include its mobile security software, cloud apps, and better multitasking software that includes multi-window support for running apps in separate sections of the display. Despite these efforts, notebooks and desktop computers still remain the top choices from a productivity standpoint, leaving Samsung’s mega-tablets under-powered and feature-poor in a crowded market.

As stated in the DigiTimes report, the 12.2-inch tablets simply have no competitive edge against PCs specifically tailored to an enterprise setting, especially when hardware power is taken into account. Add to this some of the troubles that app-makers have had accommodating the vast array of Android tablets (in particular Samsung’s proprietary software) and the new mega-tablets could simply not find a place in the current market.

On the other hand, it is still unclear whether larger tablets will ever have a place in the market. This news comes on the heels of rumors that Apple’s mega-tablet project might have been shelved. The company reportedly had a hard time convincing developers to support yet another iPad size and spec.

  • Robert in Vancouver

    I want to buy a 12″ tablet but the prices are way way way too high. Same goes for any 10″ tablets worth owning.

    It doesn’t make sense when you can get a 10″ or 12″ notebook with significantly better specs for about half the price of the same size tablet.

    The notebook has a keyboard, more ram, more storage, more ports, and is much more powerful for about half the price of the same size tablet.

    I’m giving up looking at tablets and going to buy a 12″ notebook.

    • QuietZone1

      I agree, the pricing on these larger tablets is outrageous. It’s a joke. Do they not understand ordinary people are the ones who go into the stores. I personally would not pay anymore than $129 dollars for a tablet because I know how inexpensive the components are and how cheaply they can be made.