February 01, 2012, 3:47 PM —
I’m going to try something new in this here Mobilize space, and by "something new," I mean "kind of snarky and high-minded and slightly lazy." I’m going to round up all the notable rumors coming out of the mobile field, the kind that generate their own blog posts and news items around the web, and pile them all here for you to inspect, review, and often dismiss with a knowing glance.
Without further ado, then, here’s this week’s fresh batch of mid-week rumors, sorted, summarized, and rated by a guy who spent more than three years reading around 1,000 headlines every day, and so has fairly thick skin and almost permanently raised eyebrows. It’s a condition I’m hoping gets medical recognition soon, along with Phantom Phone Vibration Sensation (PPVS).
The Samsung Slush Pile
Samsung to unveil 11.6-inch Galaxy Tab in February
Source: Android and Me, the editor of which got some hands-on time with a prototype tablet built to showcase the processor which Samsung is purportedly ahead of the pack, and also Boy Genius Report, which cited a trusted source suggesting the same specifications.
Details: A tablet measuring 11.6 inches is big, but the most impressive aspect could be a screen resolution pegged at 2560x1600 pixels (known in nerd circles as WXQGA, pronounced “Wicks-kwoh-gah”)(no, it’s not actually pronounced any way, but that would be fun). If you were in an Apple-baiting mood, you might say that was a Retina-like display. To power all that pixel-shuffling, the tablet sports a dual-core 2 Ghz Exynos 5250 from ARM, based on a new low-power process. Translation: lots of purported power with a supposedly good battery life. This would debut at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February in Barcelona, Spain.
Likelihood: Pretty good, given two sources stating the same exact specifications within months of each other, one of which had Samsung asking him to delete pictures he snapped of a prototype (though that’s probably a standard procedure for any electronics prototype).