Tablets are without question the next step in computer evolution. These sleek, powerful devices have the power and also the responsibility to accomplish most things performed on a regular notebook, and sometimes a reason strong enough to even replace them. But the breakthrough won’t happen, unless a larger-sized device will be developed. I am talking about the 15-inch tablet.
The need for a bigger screen is felt by many customers, a fact being seen by the introduction of several phablet devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and even by the enlargement of some models which were already selling like hot bread. A tablet with a 15-inch wide panel is the missing ingredient of a tasty experience and we set today to analyze the needs, the means and most of all, the effects, of such a device.
Saga: the 15-inch Tablet
When a 10-inch wide screen is simply not enough for a modest experience, both for working needs and for enjoinment, a bigger model is needed. While many use a slate to watch movies, play some games on the way to work or read a book, there is often the need of working remotely. Sadly, even with the latest hardware components integrated in the new iPad and the fancy software tools embedded onto the Galaxy Note 10.1, nothing can beat a classic laptop display with room to stretch to Microsoft Word documents side-to-side and a resolution high enough to render most details.
But, a laptop has its own drawbacks. The back-bending weight, the insufficient battery and the range of tools needed to be carried alongside a notebook, hurt the overall experience until the point where mobility becomes stationary, with users abandoning the device ont a desk for months. This is where the advantages of a 15-inch tablet are seen.
A larger viewing area
When comparing the viewing area of a 15-inch screen with the one supplied by a 10-inch, the difference is huge. According to the data supplied by Prismo, a 15.6-inch wide display offering the same 16:9 view ratio as a 10.1 panel will come with a 671 square centimeters area, 238% more than on a casual tablet screen. With almost triple the workspace, the possibilities could be extended to a farther limit, and applications which would have been out of bonds on a regular slate could then be used in a proper way: AutoCad, Photoshop, Microsoft Excel and Word.
Moreover, an advantage of such manner would allow using side-by-side windows without having to zoom to read the content, and the effectiveness of many online-workers would be increased tremendously.
Larger display, more room for components
A bigger device has plenty of room for accommodating larger, more powerful components. The first which comes in mind is the battery, which will surely need to be thicker to supply enough power juice for the wide display, but let’s think about other internals, such as the graphical processing unit, the CPU and others.
The latest iPad comes with an Apple A5x chipset, a dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU clocked at 1GHz and a quad-core graphics unit which puts to shame many competitors; all of these packed under a 10 inch body. Imagine what Apple could do with a 15-inch wide body. Besides including even more powerful internals, the overall price drops proportionally with the increase of the size, so bigger components are cheaper to create. This means that for the modest expenses, performances closed to the ones produced by laptops could be achieved.
How about hybrids?
Without question, a tablet this large must have some hybrid versions. While on the road, the larger display can safely accommodate a virtual keyboard while leaving enough room for other tasks, but the ideal version would come with a physical keyboard. This keyboard could be used at home, when setting the slate in the office-position, but the ideal design would have to use a wireless keyboard with a physical attachment dock (one to server also as a stand when traveling).
Downsides of a larger tablet
It’s not easy to build a device of such dimensions; if it was, I’m most sure the market would have sold one. First of all, the sheer weight will be twice or even heavier than most tablets out there, and not many of us are ready to carry something weighting around 2 kilograms in the subway. But, when comparing this weight with the one of a laptop, it’s a pure relief.
Secondly, the battery will have to be large enough to accommodate intensive use, LTE speeds and more advanced components. Variants like cell batteries and tiny transistors exist, which promise an extensive battery life but the world will have to wait a bit until they reach the market. Another impediment of large slates would be the selling mark. Such a device would not come cheap, and considering the pricing rumors of the upcoming Microsoft Surface, the 15-inch tablet might reach sums approaching $1000.
Who would use a 15inch slate?
Besides myself, there is surely a segment already wishing for a large design to be developed. Once produced, I believe it could fit the needs of the following roles:
- Bloggers – blogging from a bigger screen has its advantages, and I cannot imagine a better segment to take advantage of this technology. Like I’ve previously mentioned, the screen cab be split in two, with one half containing the sources and the other the writing tool.
- Designers – I know a person or two who could use a device capable of rendering Photoshop brushes without delay and a big screen to accommodate most details, but I am not talking only about picture designers and modifiers here. Webmasters, coders and others can make use of a half-split screen and a panel large enough to expose their ideas and present them to the client.
- Architects and building engineers – CAD programs need a great resolution and a wide screen; both of them being kindly offered by such devices.
- Content consumers – A screen of these sizes can be used to view movies from one or two meters afar, but imagine doing the same right in your lap. Moreover, gaming on such a slate would be wonderful and the large battery could supply plenty hours of joy when crossing the country on the train.
So, there you have it. The 15-inch tablet can be considered as the missing component of the mobile market and for some, a device worthy enough to even replace the conventional laptop. What’s your take?[poll id=”7″]