With most of the tech media frothing over the high-resolution screen on the new iPad, Android fans can’t help but wonder what happened to the mythical Galaxy Tab 11.6. The rumored Samsung tablet has a supposed resolution of 2650×1600, a standard more often seen on 30-inch monitors (and, of course, soundly beating the new iPad by about a million pixels). We were somewhat surprised that the 11.6 didn’t show up at Mobile World Congress, but Pocket-Lint claims that Samsung will reveal it in a press conference on Friday, just two days after the Apple smorgasbord.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this isn’t going to happen. First of all, the source claims that the event will be held at South By SouthWest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas at 4PM Central time. It’s true that Samsung is present at SXSW and does have an announcement planned. But I’ve been to the conference in question in years past, and it’s focused on software and web properties ever since the original music festival was expanded. If you want to announce major new hardware from a major vendor, SXSW isn’t the place to do so. Second, there’s been no invitations sent to the hardware-focused sections of the technology media, whom Samsung would definitely try to woo to a major event that trumps their biggest competitor. Samsung knew about the Apple event just like everyone else: if they were planning a Galaxy Tab 11.6 reveal in Austin, they would have sent out invitations last week.
We definitely think that the Galaxy Tab 11.6 is coming, but not any time in the next few weeks. Samsung has shifted its announcement strategy for flagship devices; with both the Galaxy Nexus and the upcoming Galaxy S III, it’s hosting its own event (not unlike a certain someone) instead of showing them off at trade shows. We’ll be keeping an eye out for any Samsung news, as usual, but don’t hold your breath.