While there is no shortage of tablets with 7 and 10 inch screens, few manufacturers have risked crossing the 12 inch barrier. With Samsung making Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 , Microsoft betting on the Surface Pro 3, and rumors of a 12.9 inch "iPad Pro", we're looking at a rising trend for bigger and more powerful slates.
Sony has withdrawn from the PC market, and despite the huge losses reported for the last quarter, it is reportedly working on a large screen tablet for the high end segment. Details are scarce, but Digitimes cited sources from the supply chains that Pegatron Technology is going to be manufacturing the device, with a possible release in the first half of 2015.
The rumors hint at a screen size of 12.9 inch and a resolution of 3840 by 2400, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and an 8 megapixel camera, all in a slim package just 8.6mm thick. Some sources say the device will come with Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed and that it will cost around $1000.
If these rumors are to be believed, we might get to see the device at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona or at CES in early January. Take this with a grain of salt, as Sony has yet to comment on this. Still, if more vendors follow suits and release large tablets in 2015, it may impact notebook and ultrabook sales.