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Samsung to release 12in Galaxy Note tablet ahead of busy festive sales period

Samsung is readying the release of the Galaxy Note 12.2 tablet in October that will pitch them into another direct battle with Apple to try and control the larger-screened tablet sector.

Korea Economic Daily reports that Samsung is developing the new 12in tablet PC with industry sources identifying the model as Samsung’s largest tablet PC yet. The site added that “the industry expects the 12in tablet to be released within October 2013”.

Details on the tablet are scarce and the report simply states that it is “likely to use Samsung Display’s LCD panel” and have “a higher than full HD resolution”.

Earlier rumours back in June stated that the Korean manufacturer was set to release a Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 tablet in the fourth quarter, which marries with the latest rumour.

Other speculation pegs the Note 12.2’s screen as having a retina-level 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution as well as the Note family mainstay, the S-Pen. It’s likely the devices will be available as a Wi-Fi version at first with 3G and 4G connectivity added at a later date with expandable storage onboard thanks to a microSD card slot.

The tablet will run on a new version of the Google Android OS, The Inquirer mentioning it could include version 4.3 running with the Samsung Touchwiz user interface added on top.

Having a 12in tablet as part of their line-up means they now have a wide array of tablet PCs ranging all way from 7in up to 12in.

Releasing a device will also pitch them into another direct sales battle with Apple, who are widely expected to release a fifth incarnation of their iPad tablet later this year. The strength of the tablet market was illustrated by a recent IDC report that suggests they’ll surpass PCs in terms of sales by 2015.