By Stephen Schenck | December 20, 2013 10:51 AM
With CES just weeks away, our attention can’t seem to get away from all these rumors of 2014 hardware. A lot of our focus has been on handsets, but a few tablets have also been been crossing our path, especially those we’re expecting from Samsung. Those have included devices like one with a 12.2-inch screen, or even a possible 10.5-inch OLED model, and we heard that Samsung might be creating a new “Lite” family of tablets with the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. Today, we start getting a better sense of just how some of these might launch, as we hear a theory on what Samsung’s thinking so far as naming goes.
Instead of just its regular tablets alongside new Lite editions, this source suggests that Samsung will be assigning a “Pro” moniker to non-Lite tablets. Supposedly, in addition to the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, we’d also see the arrival of the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, and that big guy would be the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.
It’s a sensible enough idea, and the only bit that seems a little odd to us is why Samsung might keep the Tab 3 numbering with that new Lite model, but not call the others something like Tab 4 Pro.
According to this source, that seven-inch Tab 3 Lite will launch in mid-January, followed by both those Tab Pro models in early February. Then the Note Pro 12.2 would follow another week or so later.
As for specs, we hear the Note Pro 12.2 would start with 32GB storage, while the two Tab Pros would be 16GB models. All these Pro models should be available in both WiFi-only and LTE-capable configurations, while the Tab 3 Lite would be 3G-only.