It wasn’t too long ago that many believed that small tablets would be the way of the future, which led to the creation of devices like the iPad mini, Nexus 7, and Kindle Fire, just to name a few. However it seems that the future could be about creating bigger tablets, like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Sony Mobile Communications will launch a 12-inch tablet in the first quarter of 2015. Several other vendors are also developing large-size tablets for launch in the first or second quarters, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. The sources pointed out that Sony’s 12-inch tablet will feature high-end specifications and come with a stylus, targeting mainly markets that have demand for graphics-related applications. The sources are conservative about demand for large-size tablets since their clients have placed limited orders for these devices, but note that they have shown great interests in entering the segment.