2013 is the year when gadgets are going big, in terms of display size. It’s not just the time for 5-inch phablets to gain popularity, but with companies launching a slew of 10-inch tablets, looks like consumers this year will get to go full-size with their tablets too. And there’s a lot to look forward to this year. If it was the Google Nexus 10 and the Microsoft Surface RT that launched late last year, this year began with Microsoft launching the Surface Pro tablet. Shortly after that, we’ve heard about Sony coming up with the Xperia Z tablet. And we wonder if Apple would succeed in making the iPad 5 maintain its top-spot in 2013 against such fabulous devices.
Microsoft Surface Pro: So maybe the Surface RT didn’t find as many takers as Microsoft had hoped, but we definitely think this Surface Pro could turn things around. With a 10.6-inch display having a resolution of 208 ppi, it’s powered by a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB RAM, and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor. What makes this tablet really cool is that it runs on Windows 8 Pro – yes, you heard that right; it’s the full version of the latest Windows! Packed with 64 GB of internal storage, it’s just what you need for your computing requirements on the go. You can run Office, Outlook, and all other Windows Apps, just like your laptop or PC.
Sony Xperia Z Tablet: Well, the Xperia Z smartphone hasn’t yet hit the stores to start with but has already got us drooling. And just when we lost our hearts to this one comes Sony’s announcement of a similar waterproof and dust-proofe Xperia Z Tablet. Sporting a 10-inch display with a resolution of 1920X1200 pixels, and powered by a quad-core Snapdragon processor and 2 GB of RAM, this full-sized Android Jelly Bean tablet is definitely worth noticing. It will have 32 GB of internal storage, but we’re not sure if you can expand it through microSD cards. It will also have an 8.1 MP camera in the rear as well as a 2.2 MP front-facing camera. Powering it will be a massive 6000 mAh battery, which means you’d never have to worry about running out of charge when on the move.
Apple iPad 5: We’re expecting Apple to announce the latest iPad sometime by March or latest by mid-2013. And of course, it will be thinner and lighter than the iPad 4. The iPad 4 has a 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 264 ppi – going by these figures, we’re hoping that the iPad 5 will surely have a higher resolution which could make it an attractive option. While the iPad 4 is powered by Apple’s A6X dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, we can expect the iPad 5 to have a quad-core processor and more RAM too. A major sore point with the iPad is the lack of a microSD card slot – which means you’re restricted to the inbuilt storage. Maybe the iPad 5 could change that for us and give us ways to expand the memory too?