If you’ve been keeping up with the latest industry news over recent months, you’ll have no doubt heard that tablet PCs as we’ve come to know them are becoming a tough sell for certain brands. The reason being that there are just too many of them out there, meaning that unless you build slates of supreme quality like Dell, getting them off the shelves just isn’t happening.
As such, it appears that some of the world’s leading names have decided that 2015 should be the year in which their own flagship devices should be expanded in an unusually literal manner. To buy a tablet from today’s range means generally choosing between the 7-inch and 9-inch standards we’ve come to know and expect, but by the time the summer rolls around, a new 13-inch standard could very well have taken over.
Is Bigger Better?
The best tablet PCs on the market have always been those that deliver the right balance of quality, functionality and affordable prices. In terms of where a 13-inch slate fits into all this, apparently it all comes down to the way in which some of the world’s bigger brands are looking to push out ranges of new tablet PCs for business and educational use, in order to somewhat make up for the slowly diminishing sales in standard consumer instances.
And while the idea of these monster slates may seem a bit far-fetched on the surface, it becomes much more believable when you consider which brands are apparently on-board with it all.
Apple – The iPad Pro
For example, rumours of a 12.9-inch iPad Pro have been doing the rounds for years, but 2015 seems like the year it’s finally going to happen for real. This near-13-inch leviathan will apparently be the most powerful slate the company has ever put out and is to feature a Mac OS X / iOS hybrid operating system, bringing the very best of both worlds together. It could also ship with a bunch of new tablet PC accessories, including a smart stylus.
Microsoft – The Surface Pro 4
There’s also talk of the upcoming Surface Pro 4 tablet landing in a range of size options, one of which being a 12-inch ultra-premium model. As always, the Surface Pro 4 will be fitted with the latest Intel hardware and sport a four-figure price tag that sets it way out of reach for the average home user, though could at the same time represent a tempting buy for power users and business markets. With Windows 10 on board, it could be a winner.
HTC, Sony, LG and More
And then of course there’s the rest of the market which according to reports has no idea of letting the idea of the supersized tablet PC slip them by. Evidence has emerged to suggest that the likes of LG, Sony, HTC and a fair few others are all lining up similar devices around the 12-inch mark, so as far as they’re concerned at least it’s an idea with serious merit.
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