How big is too big for a tablet? Samsung is clearly unsatisfied with a Galaxy Note series topping-out at 10.1 inches, and for the past couple months, we’ve been tracking evidence pointing to the launch of a 12.2-inch Note tablet. With a 2560 x 1600 display, 3GB of RAM, and Snapdragon 800 SoC (with the possibility of an Exynos option?), the idea of this Galaxy Note 12.2 was sounding pretty good, and last week we saw an LTE-equipped version of the hardware show up with its paperwork at the FCC. As you might recall, however, we’ve been aware of work on two more hardware revisions, and it now looks like another one of them has hit the FCC in turn, as the documentation for the WiFi-only GN12.2 becomes available.
With the LTE version of the hardware, we were focused on the band coverage and antenna placement, but this time we’re more drawn to the image of the tablet’s label placement, as you’ll see up top. First off, this confirms that we’re looking at a Note-series device, with that cutout for the stylus there. We’d been working on that assumption so far, and the model number was reminiscent enough of the Note 10.1, but this really seals the deal.
You’ll also notice that S-pen placement has changed since the 10.1, moving from the bottom edge to the side, all the way up top. Maybe even more so than with that previous design, that really screams “righties only.” Sorry, those of you with more sinister handedness.
What we’re still waiting for is any word on price or availability. Seeing the tablet at the FCC has us thinking “soon,” but when?