When it comes down to tablets, nobody has really been able to go toe to toe with Apple. Maybe it's because tablets are dumb, and the iPad is only going because of the Apple logo on the back? That's my guess anyway, but regardless of what one dude on the internet thinks it seems as though every company has been dead set on trying to get a leg up on Apple's tablet dominance.
Samsung is no exception, and come Galaxy Unpacked in August it's set to unveil not one, but two new tablets that sound like they're meant to compete with the iPad Pro.
According to our sources, and documents they showed us, we can confirm that two Samsung tablets are coming under the code name 'Palette'. Considering the Note 20 is supposedly going by the 'Canvas' codename, it sounds as though Samsung's next conference will be going all in on the arsty side of its products once again.
Unlike our leaks from last week, we don't have a name for these new tablets. They could be new members of the Galaxy Tab S range, or they could have a totally new name. For now, anyway, they're just called Palette 1 and Palette 2. What the docs do tell us is that these are the biggest Samsung tabs yet, with a big focus on all those traits that Apple has been emphasising on the iPad Pro.
Our documents make a point of saying that the Palette 1 is bigger, more responsive, more powerful, and computer like tablet with a better viewing experience and a totally revamped S Pen. We've already heard leaks about a brand new S Pen for the Note 20, and if that's true we imagine it would be the same one coming to the Palette tablets. What we've been given doesn't elaborate any further, however.
Now Palette 1 is bigger and better than anything Samsung has released so far, but Palette 2 is better than the Palette 1 in all the same ways. It's larger again, has a better viewing experience (which we assume means a bigger and better overall display), has even more power, and better responsiveness.
Key here is the confirmation that this means display performance, and that the Palette 2 will have a 120Hz refresh rate. My guess is that the Palette 1 will be 90hz, since it's better than older Samsung tablets but not as good as its larger sibling.
Both tablets promise to be 'computer like'. The documents mention an improved keyboard, multi-finger recognition, and the S-Pen, though the exact details aren't clear. A keyboard is set to be thrown in as a pre-order bonus, which suggests that Samsung sees both these as the 'laptop replacement' tablets, and are trying to recreate something close to a desktop experience on a more mobile device. In other words, exactly what Apple has been doing with the iPad Pro.
The documents also emphasis the fact that these are both cheaper than equivalent iPad Pros. Palette 1 comes in three variants, with WiFi, 4G, and 5G options that cost £629, £729, and £799, respectively. Palette 2 is WiFi or 5G, with no 4G variant from what we have been told, and both will cost £799 and £999 respectively.
Like the Note 20 Samsung is also expected to offer an enhanced trade-in that gives you extra money on top of existing trade-in offers.
We're looking at black and silver colouring, with both going on sale in September following their official launch at August's Galaxy Unpacked.
Presumably this will be early September, because our sources say Samsung is running a 'Power of Four' marketing campaign that rolls both tablets in with the Note 20, Galaxy Watch 3, and 5G Z Flip - all of which are due for release towards the end of August. Or so we've been informed.