Rumor : Sony Working On 12-Inch Tablet For 2015

Sony has joined several tech giants rumored to develop a larger tablet, with this one expected to make its way to customers in the early half of 2015.

Sources with knowledge of the situation said mass production for the 12-inch tablet will begin shortly, and that the high-end engagement will most likely be the main target for the device, which might be priced at over US$1,000, according to Digitimes.

While Sony hasn't been involved in the PC market for quite some time, the Japanese tech giant is still focused on improving its line of tablets, the sources said. They also believe Pegatron Technology, which manufactured Apple's iPad and Microsoft's Surface tablets, will be responsible for doing the same for Sony's tablets.

Pegatron declined to comment on the companies it works with.

Features expected for the 8.6-mm thick, 12-inch tablet include a 3840 x 2400 resolution for the display, a Qualcomm processor and an 8-mega pixel camera, BGR reported. The sources also believe more vendors will release large-sized tablets in 2015, but they didn't name any of these vendors.

The rumor puts Sony in competition with Samsung and Apple, who have also been reported to be working on a larger tablet.

Sony is the latest company rumored to be

The Sony tablet is supposedly going to feature a 12.9-inch display with 3840 x 2400 resolution, a Qualcomm processor and an 8-megapixel camera. The device is only 8.6mm thick and should be mass-produced by Pegatron, the same company that also builds the iPad and Surface tablets for Apple and Microsoft, respectively. 

It’s not clear when the Sony tablet might launch, but the device is supposed to cost more than $1,000 and “target mainly the high-end segment” of the market, according to the publication.

Digitimes says sources familiar with Sony’s supply chain also expect more vendors to launch large size tablets in 2015, without naming any of them.

Apple is expected to launch a 12-inch iPad Pro at some point next year.

working on a much bigger Android tablet, joining Samsung’s existing 12-inch model and preparing to compete against Apple’s upcoming 12-inch “iPad Pro” tablet. A new report from Digitimes says Sony is aiming to release its large tablet in the first half of next year, with the device supposed to head to mass production soon.
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