Sep 07, 2015 06:00 AM EDT

iPad Pro Hype Intensifies As Samsung, Toshiba Prep Tablet Competitors


The hype over Apple's iPad Pro is at an all-time high now that it's just days away until the Cupertino-based tech giant unveils it to loyal fans and general consumers. Since Apple is set to open a new market of oversized tablets, Samsung and Toshiba are also gearing for the release of their unconventionally large tablets. Add to the list the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 that is also competing against the iPad Pro despite being an iteration of an already established tablet-laptop hybrid.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is set to be unveiled during Apple's Sept. 9 event, along with the new iPhone 6S/iPhone 7, iPhone 6S Plus/iPhone 7 Plus and a new Apple TV. While the device is getting a lot of attention for its size, its other specs and features are also causing a huge buzz among consumers and critics.

The iPad Pro is rumored to come with a 12.9-inch display that packs a screen of 2731 x 2048 pixels per inch. The large screen is said to be a hardware spec that will take advantage of the multitasking features of the tablet. On top of the size is the Force Touch technology that is expected to work well with its stylus, according to Forbes.

Running on Apple's new A9 processor, the large tablet will come with 2GB of RAM and storage ranging from 64GB to 512GB. However, the device will not be available for purchase until late October to early November, as noted by a separate Forbes report. The release date is said to be strategic as it will ensure that the new iPads will have iOS 9.1 out of the box.

Meanwhile, Samsung and Toshiba are not going to let Apple reign the oversized tablet market. The two tech companies are also preparing 12-inch tablets that can go head-to-head with Apple's new product.

Daily Mail has learned that Samsung is working on a large tablet with a foldable built-in stand. The device is codenamed Galaxy View and the South Korea tech giant has been very tight-lipped on its release, teasing consumers that they can have a "closer look" at the new device in October.

Meanwhile, Toshiba is also reportedly working on a 12-inch tablet that will not only challenge Apple's iPad Pro, but will also be a friendly competitor to Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro 4.

The Toshiba tablet has a magnetic keyboard runs on Windows 10. The device, which is technically a superthin prototype of the Dynabook line in Japan, will most likely be part of the Satellite Click convertible devices line, as per TechRadar.

More news about the iPad Pro, as well as Samsung and Toshiba's large tablets, are arriving in the coming days, so stay tuned.

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