Samsung Planning Bigger Tablet, Documents Show
Apple v. Samsung patent trials yields tantalizing clues
Friday, August 3, 2012
There's a new report suggesting Samsung is planning a new tablet that will be larger than most of those currently on the market, including Apple's iPad. The report surfaced, of all places, in court documents in Samsung and Apple's bitter patent dispute.
A number of tech sites reported the findings after pouring through documents both sides released in the U.S. trial where Apple claims Samsung stole its design and technology in development of its competing smartphones and tablets. Apple sued Samsung in a number of other countries as well but the long-awaited and crucial U.S. trial got underway this week.
Among the documents that surfaced are plans for a new 11.8-inch screen tablet with very high-resolution. The documents refer to the tablet as the P10 and show a pixel density of 256 pixels per inch (PPI) and 2,560 x 1,600 screen resolution.
The documents have the tech world buzzing, especially since tablets lately have been getting smaller, not larger. There are a number of seven-inch tablets competing around a $200 price point and speculation is building that Apple is about to join in with a smaller, cheaper iPad next month.
In court Apple engineers claimed Samsung began copying Apple technology in 2007, when the first iPhone was introduced. Samsung's lawyer disputed that, saying there were a number of large screen phones that were in use by consumers before the iPhone ever hit the market.
Apple is asking the court for a permanent injunction on the sale of Samsung devices in the U.S. Currently there are temporary injunctions on the U.S. sales of Samsung's 10 inch tablet and the smartphone it developed with Google.
In July Samsung won a temporary victory in Britain when a judge there ruled Samsung didn't copy Apple in its design of the Galaxy Tab, noting “it is not as cool” as an iPad.