We are still awaiting an official announcement from Apple regarding the launch date of the iPad Pro, the tablet that was unveiled two months ago. While Cupertino is staying quiet, Sam's Club has opened its doors for pre-orders of the slate, saying that it will launch on November 13th. That is still not an official date, but the retailer seems to have let the proverbial cat out of the bag.
It is hard to see where Samsung's huge 18.4-inch Galaxy View tablet is going to fit into the market. It is not a true PC or laptop competitor because Android lacks the overall functionality of a full PC OS like Windows. It may also be a tough sell as a tablet, simply too large to carry around while we guess some games and apps won?t refit to the size. We will know soon enough when we get our hands on the View, it has rolled out in the United States today.
Apple's tumbling iPad sales may have made Android fans happy, but the humor will not live long as the tablet market as a whole is in what is increasingly seeming like terminal decline. Digitimes Research and TrendForce say that all tablets will decline over the fourth quarter and through the first period of 2016, whether it is a slate from Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, or the myriad other companies.
Did you buy a HTC Nexus 9? Probably not, but then not many did. That is actually a shame as it was one of the very best tablets ever made... it just worked on all levels. Considering the Nexus 9 is still barely a year old, it still represents a great buy for those wanting a powerhouse slate, especially now that HTC has reduced the price right down.
Samsung introduced the Galaxy View yesterday, a giant tablet with an 18.4-inch screen, but while the company detailed the specs it did not say when the View will arrive or indeed how much it would cost. It wouldn't be much of a story if details on those two things were not now trickling in, so thankfully that is exactly what is happening.
Samsung has officially announced its massive Galaxy View tablet today, arguably the biggest bona fide slate on the market. Perhaps highlighting the current decline in the tablet market, Samsung did not hold a major event for the product, letting out the news quietly.
We have heard plenty of rumors about a Microsoft Surface Mini, a smaller (likely 8-inch) version of the company's larger Surface and Surface Pro tablets. Indeed, the device was widely tipped to be making its debut way back in September 2013, but it never materialized alongside the other Surface tablets... so, just a myth then?
Samsung has already announced the Galaxy View, the company's answer to the "pro" tablet trend that is also occupied by Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 and Apple's iPad Pro. Unlike those units through, the Galaxy View will sport a massive 18.4-inch screen, which will make it a true laptop/PC alternative in terms of size at least.
Microsoft's tablet come laptop, the Surface Pro, has had its fourth iteration announced by the company, rocking the new Windows 10 platform. Arguably the best slate on the market, the Surface Pro 4 arrives loaded with impressive hardware, but honestly we still look at this product as an ultrabook more than we do a traditional tablet.
Since Apple launched the iPad Pro (Apple Pencil and all) at the start of last month, the trail has gone a bit cold for the tablet come laptop wannabe. Cupertino has not said when the device will launch, but a report out of Japan points to an early November launch for the iPad Pro, with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard landing at the same time.