Samsung said to launch four tablets in Q1 2014, including cheap Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

If you think Samsung is going to sit back and let Apple take a larger lead on the tablet market next year, you're mistaken. According to a report from SamMobile, the South Korea-based company has plans to launch four tablets in the first quarter of 2014, alone.

Only one of the tablets was named specifically in the report. The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite will reportedly launch as the cheapest Samsung tablet, with a price tag of "around 100 euros". Presumably, the cheaper tablet is Samsung's way of going aggressively against the Asus Nexus 7 and the iPad mini from Apple.

Looking at past leaks, it looks like Samsung may be going for the high-end consumer in the first quarter, as well. Samsung is believed to be unveiling the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note at some point.

The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean tablet will allegedly boast a speedy quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 8-megapixel rear-camera, 2-megapixel front-camera, and 32GB of storage, according to rumours. As for the 12.2-inch display, it will have a pixel density of 2,560-by-1,600 pixel display, making for a incredibly sharp experience.

The larger tablet would kick-off a new product category for customers seeking a richer media experience. Furthermore, a 13.3-inch tablet with Android and Windows dual-boot support could be in the pipeline from Samsung. 

Samsung sat at 20.4 per cent tablet marketshare worldwide, behind Apple's 29.6 per cent, in third quarter of 2013 according to numbers from IDC. Like Samsung, Apple is rumoured to launch a larger iPad in 2014.

A fourth tablet from Samsung has not been rumoured in recent months, despite SamMobile claiming it's coming.

Remember, these are unverified reports, so make sure to take them with a healthy dose of salt. We'll be tracking the latest in our Samsung hub.