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

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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28 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, a VAIO Surface Pro competitor would be awesome

18. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

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

24. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

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

15. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

I feel ya bro.

28. Thartman1000

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 29, 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.

2. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 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?

4. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 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.

3. eyedoc81

Posts: 56; Member since: May 20, 2011

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

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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

6. surethom

Posts: 1698; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

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

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

8. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 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

9. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 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.

13. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 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.

17. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 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.

10. 21babydoll12 unregistered

Sony needs to make their own soc

11. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 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.

12. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 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

16. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 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.

19. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 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

22. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 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.

25. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 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.

21. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 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

20. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

23. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

26. Gary398

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

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

27. cookie_cutter

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

Using it with Flipboard would be nice.

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