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Sony may launch a 12-inch Xperia tablet to take on the Surface Pro 3 and Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro

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Sony may launch a 12-inch Xperia tablet to take on the Surface Pro 3 and Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro
Right now, if you want to buy a 12-inch tablet, you really don’t have too many options. Samsung’s Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 are the only ones that are worth getting - both being great devices in their own way. But a new 12-inch slate, reportedly made by Sony, might be launched in the coming months.

According to DigiTimes, Sony is planning to introduce its 12-inch tablet in the first quarter of 2015. It’s said that the tablet will come with high-end features and a dedicated stylus - just like the Surface Pro 3 and the Note 12.2. Since we’re talking about a Sony tablet, we should expect the upcoming device to have a very thin, water-resistant body, and be included in the Xperia family. Of course that is if this 12-inch Sony slate is real (since DigiTimes’ sources aren’t always reliable).

DigiTimes has it that other (unspecified) companies are also getting ready to launch extra-large tablets early next year. As previously rumored, Apple may be among these companies, as the Cupertino giant is reportedly developing a 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Back to Sony, would you buy a 12-inch Xperia tablet? Or is that too big for you?

P.S.: Pictured above is the 10.1-inch Xperia Z2 Tablet

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 24 Oct 2014, 14:22 6

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Booooriiiiing! I want VAIO back (internationally) !!!!

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 17:58

14. vincelongman (Posts: 4434; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Agreed, a VAIO Surface Pro competitor would be awesome

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 19:09 1

18. romeo1 (Posts: 718; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


They had the tap 11.
It was pretty powerfull and still is.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 20:40 1

24. techperson211 (Posts: 1230; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Vaio tap 11!!! Bring back vaio!!!

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 18:38 1

15. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


I feel ya bro.

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 19:07

28. Thartman1000 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Nov 2014)


One of the best options for a 12-inch tablet is the Ramos i12 (priced at $259) and features an HD display and Intel processor -- it's available through U.S. reseller - TabletMaxx -- which also offers low cost international shipping plus a 14 day return policy, which most international resellers don't offer - plus TabletMaxx offers a 12 inch case - keyboard option for a great tablet - laptop combination.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 14:29 1

2. TimCook (banned) (Posts: 450; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


I am confused,
Is this Sony tablet gonna be a full PC like the Surface 3 or a ARM based Android tablet like the Note Pro?

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 14:37 1

4. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Yeah, boring... The good thing for Sony mobile and tablet is the water proof resistant. That's all I want to their product and I like the Z3 Compact Copper but I have my new iPhone 6 and I love it.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 14:31 3

3. eyedoc81 (Posts: 49; Member since: 20 May 2011)


A big tablet with PS4 remote play!!! Want!!!

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 14:43 5

5. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Ever heard of a TV? There are many sizes out there. I'm sure one is small enough to carry around in house :p

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 14:45 1

6. surethom (Posts: 676; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)


Sony just make it light not all glass. Plastic back is good & light.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 14:49 1

7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


All of their previous tablets are plastic so I'm sure this is too. Or at least not glass. It would be a suicide to do that lol.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 15:41 1

8. vuyonc (Posts: 1014; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


As long as it doesn't have a puny battery and low PPI like previous efforts, I might be interested. The stylus and multitasking better match that of the Note Pro's too. Ooh, and throw in a JOLED display as well ;) Full size tablet competition has been stale this year (highlights being Samsung's slew

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 15:48 1

9. vuyonc (Posts: 1014; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


(continued)
Highlights being Samsung's usual flood of flagships, the Z2 Tablet, IPad Air 2 and pretty much nothing else. Surface Pro 3 doesn't count given that it's basically a laptop.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 17:49 1

13. muhsen (Posts: 281; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


the surface Pro 3 does count. The basic 128 GB/i3 version (which is much more powerful than the note 12/ipad air 2) is selling almost for the same price of the note 12 and the iPad Air 2 64 GB. discarding the pro 3, just because it's much superior to the point it replaces a laptop, is really weird. All Windows 8.1 tablets have two sides, the Metro/modern tablet side( which is shared with WinRT and WinPhone devices) with its own windows store (like ipad with iOS and note 12 with android) and the desktop side. the surface pro 3 is no different and the desktop side doesn't make it out of the competition, actually it makes it ahead of it.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 18:47

17. vuyonc (Posts: 1014; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Well, not everyone wants a superbike. Sometimes, one may want a scooter (simpler, more frugal). Well, obviously the SP3 is in a league of its own.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 15:54 4

10. 21babydoll12 (unregistered)


Sony needs to make their own soc

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 16:02 1

11. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Is there any point to having a 12in tablet? Both Surface 3 and Samsungs pro 12.2 is not selling well on the market. Especially there other cheaper choices like 7in, 10in tablets (not to mention 5in+ phone) and netbooks, ultrabooks,etc

I always like sony product, quality products but lack of marketing is killing them.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 17:40

12. muhsen (Posts: 281; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


don't know about samsung, but Microsoft's Q3 recent report says pretty much otherwise. The surface Pro 3 has turned the surface line to almost a billion dollar business to MS, but the pro 3 is already like nothing else so maybe it has to do with the pro 3 rather than the 12" tablet segement

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 18:45

16. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Yup, the SP3 is suppose to "replace ur laptop", so it kinda fits into a different category(convertibles?)...the 12" tablet segment is separate to me.

Sony is most likely releasing a tablet(not a 2 in 1)...I doubt they'd be allowed to put Win9 on it, even if it was cuz it be a direct competitor to SP3.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 19:16

19. romeo1 (Posts: 718; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


They already had a direct competitor the tap 11. And as long as you pay Microsoft for the software you can put it on your pc

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 20:10

22. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


The tap 11 was released last year...the SP3 out this year in May. The form factors are too different for them to be competitors. Also Vaio has been sold by Sony, which means they aren't manufacturing anymore.

I guess they'd be allowed to put Win9 on it, but it be first for Sony without Vaio branding.

posted on 25 Oct 2014, 07:18

25. romeo1 (Posts: 718; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


How is the formfactor different? They both are tablets.
But I don't think they will begin a new pc line. At least not now.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 19:43

21. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


I know surface 3 has made some money but regardless they already spend billions developing the surface line. I don't think sony has this type of money to compete with microsoft or samsung in the 12 in tablet market. I do however agree surface 3 pro is probably the most functional and portable tablet/pc right now.

Articles here:http://www.windowscentral.com/report-claims-microsoft-still-losing-money-surface-tablets

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 19:16

20. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


To take on the surface 3 and Galaxy Note Pro. Definitely not. Not with Sony's UI and features. Surface (although not my favourite types of tablets) and Note Pro's definitely have productivity in mind. When Sony releases this 12", it's probably going to be another same enlarged tablet with nothing to take advantage of the large screen. Even if they do, it can't beat the stylus experience on the Note Pro.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 20:20

23. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


please stop this sony.
you aren't able to offer anything that differentiates your devices other than the waterproofing.
better spend the money on marketing and in bringing your devices to US and chinese carriers.
the only thing you have left is brand reputation. you should be working more on that to gain more buyers.

this is no longer the time to be introducing these new devices. you had several chances back then but you refused to offer anything.

marketing and availability are your main concerns.

posted on 25 Oct 2014, 12:51

26. Gary398 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


Anything but a Microsoft, their current plans to discontinue supporting Windows 7 shows how Microsoft feels about their products.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 00:20

27. cookie_cutter (Posts: 30; Member since: 03 Sep 2014)


Using it with Flipboard would be nice.

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