Online fansite SamMobile claims to have recently received an extensive breakdown of Samsung's tablet plans for 2013 from sources with close connections to the company.
The most striking tablet on the list is Google’s Nexus 11, an 11-inch successor to the struggling Nexus 10. The model is said to have an 11-inch Super PLS display, dual-facing cameras (8MP on the rear, 2MP on the front) and a staggering octa-core A15/ A7 Exynos processor. It is also rumored to come with a microSD card slot for up to 64GB of storage.
Google will probably be less thrilled to learn that Samsung intends to launch its own 11-inch tablet with almost identical specs, not least because the electronics conglomerate is also said to be developing its own 10-inch Nexus 10 rival.
According to the roadmap, Samsung will also launch the Galaxy Tab 8.0, an 8-inch quad-core tablet with a FullHD AMOLED display, and the Galaxy Tab DUOS 7.0 at a later date in 2013.
Going by the specs, the latter looks to be a fairly ordinary 7-inch dual-core Android tablet but is said to have a dual-SIM slot, which could be a useful enterprise feature for IT managers looking to separate personal and corporate data.
While this news is exciting for Samsung and its fans, it does inevitably mean that some older models will go by the wayside. Indeed, the source claims that a lack of sales success with the original Galaxy Note 10.1 could well mean that Samsung does not release a follow-up model.
SamMobile is an unknown quantity when it comes to reporting rumors such as this one, but it has been a frequent poster on Samsung's tablet plans since the turn of the year.
In recent times, the source has claimed (accurately) that Samsung would go onto launch an 8-inch Galaxy Note, and also mentioned new 7-inch and 10-inch models, as well as a new tablet with an OLED display.