Samsung’s 12-inch Windows 10 tablet could arrive in 2016 with an S Pen

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Back in August, Chinese website Weibo revealed a Windows 10 tablet was in the works over at Samsung named the SM-W700. During that time, it wasn’t clear when consumers would finally get their hands on the device, if at all. Fortunately, for those interested, reports suggest you won’t have to wait much longer.

That’s because, according to documents published by the Bluetooth SIG and Wi-Fi Alliance, Samsung’s Windows 10 slate may be coming in early 2016. Though concrete details are presently sparse, the SM-W700’s listing on Indian import-export tracking site Zauba claims that the device does, in fact, feature a 12-inch display. Moreover, it was reportedly sent to India last month for testing and destroyed shortly thereafter.

If Zauba’s reports are to be believed, the tablet will set consumers back a modest $455 USD. Though this isn’t necessarily indicative of the final retail price, it may signify a mid-range price point for the big tablet. For anyone displeased by the lack of a vanilla Surface 3 follow-up this year, Samsung’s offering might be a competent alternative.

Reports hint that the SM-W700 may feature a 14-nanometer Intel Core M processor and 4GB of RAM. On the display side, the device will bear a Super AMOLED screen and a resolution of either 2,560 x 1,600 or 3,840 x 2,400 pixels. As Windows Central pointed out earlier this year, Samsung’s Windows 10 tablet debut could feature S Pen support, taking on Microsoft’s own Surface Pen. In addition, it’s said to sport a lightweight form factor, weighing in at only 600 grams (~1.3 lbs.).

While it may be too early to judge, given Samsung’s historical commitment to Google’s Android operating system, it may be worth waiting for reviews before instinctively hitting the pre-order button when it inevitably goes live. Windows 10 tablets from OEM partners aren’t exactly common right now, but perhaps there’s a reason for that. After all, aside from a few exceptions, third-party tablet makers weren’t exactly known for top-notch quality in the Windows 8 era.

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