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Orange Demos Samsung Prototype Tablet With 12.2″ UHD Display, Snapdragon 801 (Updated)

Display technology for mobile devices is booming – phones and tablets are seeing displays well over Full HD (1080p), with QHD being all the rage right now. Recently, at an event in Paris, Qualcomm was caught demoing a prototype tablet from Samsung, which featured a reported 12.2″ 4K (aka UHD) display. 

Qualcomm was showing off streaming capabilities of the device, powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor, but the incoming stream was only 720p. However, the rep began streaming multiple feeds, allowing the clarity of the device to soak through to the viewers.

Qualcomm’s Senior VP of Product Management, Raj Talluri, told TechRadar at the event that 4K tablets would be with us before the end of this year.

So, are consumers ready for 4K on our tablets? LG recently unveiled the G3, which features a 5.5″ display, pushing a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440. Public feedback for the device seems overly positive as of right now, so maybe 4K for larger displays is the logical move for OEMs.

What are your thoughts on the pixel war?

Update: It was actually Orange showing off an LTE demo, not Qualcomm.

Samsung Tab 4K

Via: TechRadar
  • Hosehead

    I personally want to know exactly how LG got the G3 to have better battery life with that large and pixel rich of a screen. If they can continue to increase battery life while increasing pixel density then I am all for higher pixels!!

  • Jason B

    They showed streaming videos, okay fine. The Snapdragon processors have hardware decoding.

    Show a 3D game at UHD. Chances are it’ll run at 10FPS or less. Not fun. Though they could pair 2 Adreno 330s (one integrated, one discrete).

  • wtd2009

    Dear 801 haters:


  • DannyGE

    Does my 5″-6″ phone or 7″-12″ tablet really need more pixels than my 46″ 1080p TV? I’m fine with my Galaxy S4 and Nexus 7 (2013) screens the way they are.

    • sirmeili

      Yes, because you are closer to it, though 4k could be overkill. The closer to a screen you are (Especially at 12″ size) the more pixels you need to make them less noticable. For instance I believe my 52″ tv has “pixels” visible from 5′ and closer (5′ is the “Sweet spot” for it’s resolution and size). I’m not saying that 4k is the right resolution for a 12″ tablet, but it could be (I haven’t done the match). It also could be that 1080p is too low, and they chose 4k because it is the next “standard” resolution (at least as far as videos go).

  • Tyler

    Nothing surprising here. We have 5″ 1080p so make it twice the size at 10″ and twice the resolution and boom you get 4k.

  • Dave

    Will there be a separate internet full of content that actually supports these displays? Seems similar to the idea of driving an alcohol powered funny car around town to run errands.

  • John Davids


    • Rai Diaz

      I’m going to guess that you’re being sarcastic…

      • John Davids

        Yes, but don’t tell anyone. 🙂


    It’s gonna take a set of 4 snapdragon 810’s to get rid of all that “jank” that Samsung has with that kind of display!!

  • j

    Galaxy tab 12.2 is sluggish with that resolution and the Exynos 5 (whatever version it uses). Not that that means anything here, but just know that other recent processors CANNOT keep up with that high resolution while also being bogged down by poorly coded skins.

    • j

      sorry, note 12.2

  • joejoe5709

    Proof that 1080p is soon to be outdated.

  • Droid Ronin

    @MKBHD would be like “moar pixels!”

  • yankeesusa

    sorry wrong post

    • Ray

      bahhaa wrong post buddy

      • yankeesusa


    • flosserelli

      Herp derp

  • 4K? Pshhh, it’s all about that 8K display 😛

    • michael arazan

      Can’t even imaging the data a 4K device will consume, let alone an 8K device

  • lgreg64

    what about battery life. who needs 4K with 2hrs of battery.

    • sj0808

      You asked a question and then right went into a conclusion to your question. What is this?

      • John charitos


  • flosserelli

    I am not usually a grammar nazi, but is “demoes” a real word? It just looks wrong.

    • Bryan Mills


      • flosserelli

        I didn’t think so. Tim changed it

  • Ray

    Not many people will get overly excited about this thing who the hell asked for a 12 inch 4k tablet

    • Arty McBert

      When will these OEMs finally stop fueling the pointless PPI war? It’s just like the stupid megapixel war.

      • Oblivion_of_Mediorcity


        HTC tried to stop MEGAPIXEL war and where is HTC? It’s SINKING.
        Motorola tried to stop screen size, processor, megapixel wars and where is Motorola? It’s sinking.
        Apple tried to stop spec/power/speed/size/customization wars and where is Android? It’s #1 OS, 85% of the market.

        The conclusion:
        specs are NOT everything, for sure.

        you can’t force human brain to choose 4 megapixels over 16 megapixels.
        you can’t force everybody to love small 4″ displays, an it works only because Apple bets on other selling points.
        you can’t force people to think 2Ghz are enough if they can buy 3Ghz.
        And so on.

        16 megapixels with OIS and custom software ARE BETTER than 16 megapixels.
        but 4 megapixels with OIS and custom software ARE WORSE than 16 megapixels with OIS and custom software.

        • monkeybutts

          Android is not necessarily #1 because of specs. It’s #1 because there are hundreds of thousands of cheap/affordable devices.

          It will be interesting to see if windows phone gains any ground in the next 2-3 years with licensing being completely free and generally running better on low specs than android. It is already at around 10% in a lot of big european countries.

      • Blue Sun

        I’m waiting for the mAh war.

        • j__h

          Sign me up as well! Devices should last a full day of high usage.

        • michael arazan

          Batteries will go away and new high storage capacitors will take their place, that’s where the research seems to be going from what I’ve read. It’ll start with electric cars and move from there. Next gen cars will have these capacitors to store larger amounts of energy and allegedly be more efficient

    • mosoblkcougar

      Me. I asked for it.

  • Bryan Mills

    Ohemgee! 12in display and only a 801!? LAGGGGGGG

    • Mark Aaron Collado

      lag with touchwiz or tizen ?

      • Bryan Mills

        Nah man, it’s dat 801. Its old and sucks!

        • Akiih

          I’m not sure if that is sarcasm or not, but there’s no newer option now.

          • veRdiKt

            Qualcomm 810 man……

          • Akiih

            And 805. But right now those aren’t really massproduced or in any device or are they?

          • nate

            Snapdragon 1000 with power of 2 Xeon E5’s is coming out in like two years so why buy anything now???

          • Bryan Mills

            It’s sarcasm. Mocking everybody for saying the G3 will suck because it doesn’t have a 805 or whatever the helll Qualcomm has