Is Samsung going to launch a 4K tablet by the end of 2014?

Is Samsung going to launch a 4K tablet by the end of 2014?
At times when we struggle to figure out how to make full use of a 2K display (like the LG G3's) potential, Qualcomm simply went ahead and demonstrated how a 720p video streams over LTE... to a 12-inch 4K Samsung tablet! While this clip probably filled a good chunk of bandwidth, it didn't fill nearly half of that monstrous display's available pixel estate, but this is beside the point. The tablet in question is a reference device that is said to look exactly like the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2. Reportedly, it ran on a Snapdragon 801 CPU, which goes to show just how much power there is in this thing.

So, does anybody want a 4K tablet? Although we have our reservations whether owning one is worth it in a reality that's mostly devoid of 4K content, Qualcomm's VP of Product Management said that ultra high-resolution tablets will be out before the end of the year. And if Samsung has one ready by then, there's a good chance it will launch it.

Speaking of Samsung tablets, the company will be demonstrating its latest Samsung Galaxy Tab S line on 12 June in New York. If the rumors are true, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 will be spec-busters with 2560x1600 AMOLED displays, octa-core processors, 3GB of RAM, and 8MP cameras. Chances are there won't be 4K tablets there - after all, no one's going to demo a 4K display right after a 2K display if they intend to sell the latter, right?


source: TechRadar

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24 Comments

1. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Yes they are :p

2. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

any ways it is going to lag like hell. so y care abt it?

4. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

lmaooo. I owned Samsungs for the last 4 years and nothing but perfection. but hey, Welcome to the 0.001% internet butthurrt group that Samsung doesn't give a s*it about.

10. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

i think he was referring to the processing power required to push all those pixels to the screen

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Your right, just like the other 99% who probably couldnt even tell you what that meant, in terms of pixels. And with their latest 200$ meh 7tab, right now samsung is treating the tabs like the tv's.

16. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

lmao. Like the 99% who enjoy the best devices in the world. love how the GS5 beat the Z2 in the head to head comparaison on GSMA. gotta hurt ey? don't like Samsung? no one gives a damn about your opinion.

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Who says i dont like samsung? It's just a matter of probably proven fact that if you asked random people they wouldnt be able to tell. When you have tv's that are 60in 1080p this qhd for 7in is meaningless for majority of consumers. Point in case iPad's resolution. If you must know about my position about samsung, talk to my fridge, washer dryer, 4 of their phones including a Note 3, 4 TV's 6 pc monitors about to be upped to 8 here in a week. All are Samsung. His point still stands, what is the point of pushing that many pixels if the processor struggles, add to the fact that the screen is not going to make a 480p or 720p game/video look any more amazing... I should ask though, with your pent up reaction, you compensating for something 0_o?

3. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

WOW, AMOLED please.

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I thought they were using LCD.

18. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"WOW, AMOLED please." For the love of text clarity, please no AMOLED. Samsung's pentile version of AMOLED is just a breeding ground for micro-distortion.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not at these pixel densities. You couldn't tell it was pentile without a microscope.

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The eye doesn't see one pixel at a time and eye doesn't need to see the individual subpixels of the pentile pattern for something to be blurry. Pentile's lack of proper subpixels ends up making text slightly blurry, especially when the text is on a lighter colored background. This is plainly obvious when comparing the same phones, all with well above "retina" resolution, the same resolution, and the same screen size (or very close, i.e. within 0.1"), except one phone has AMOLED and the other has LCD.

24. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

lmao. the best display EVER. no i'd get Samsung Super AMOLED over any washed out LCD out there. in fact it's the best screen I've ever seen and it truly is amazing. I love the lively young punchy colors and I enjoy it to the max.

5. HASHTAG unregistered

Watch this be a $1000+ tablet.

6. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Samsung is always trying to launch something without the bigger picture. Most consumer don't even have efficient enough internet bandwidth home or mobile to stream a 4K movie or video on a device. 4K TVs alone haven't even debuted in a common home, consumers are barely getting full 1080p televisions.

8. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

It's just a trend. It's just a way for them to beat other to the punch. It's just a way to future proof their devices. Nevertheless, I won't be looking into a tablet for a while since majority of my "internet" need is being done by my phone and minority of it is being done by my desktop.

9. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Umm... This would be more about more pixel dense displays more than anything else, including watching 4K native content. 374 PPI > 249 PPI (2K) Just wait until tablets get 8K displays with 728 PPI ;)

11. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

4k will make sense in 10 or 12 inch tablet.... QHD is enough for anything less than that.. Bring it on samsung...

12. DBounce

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

agreed, 12" tablet screen at QHD starts to look pixelated. 4k would be welcome. And as for streaming 4k content, the new 805 chip supports H.265, the new high efficiency 4k codec. Hopefully all 4k tablets and phones will start to ship with a chipset that support this codec.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I would hope so, h.265 would line MS and Apple pockets more. I wonder if Google would be doing VP9 codec instead for their devices

15. Totse2k15

Posts: 475; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

AMOLED 4k and I will buy it.

19. _X.ET

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

4K LCD? how many apps would support it ?

20. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

That was to be expected! That is going to look so beautiful, ultra high PPI + AMOLED = Paper like display

23. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Actually pentile AMOLED = not like paper as the text edges will be blurrier than with an LCD.

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