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Samsung unveils NotePRO and TabPRO Android tablet series

by Mark Tyson on 7 January 2014, 12:42

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS), PC, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)

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Samsung has unveiled a range of new tablets at the CES in Las Vegas. Four devices in all were shown off for the first time; a Samsung Galaxy NotePRO with a 12.2-inch display and three TabPRO models with screens of 12.2, 10.1, 8.4-inches. Samsung says these new introductions extend its range with "best-in-class media consumption and productivity capabilities". The devices will come with a variety of connectivity options including Wi-Fi Only, Wi-Fi and 3G, or Wi-Fi and LTE. Buyers of the large 12.2-inch tablets will also receive a software gift package said to be worth $700.

Galaxy NotePRO 12.2-inch

Anyone with any knowledge of Samsung products will probably guess that the NotePRO is an Android tablet with a Samsung S Pen stylus. As such it makes use of the stylus centric suite of apps on other Samsung Galaxy Note devices and multi-window multi-tasking capabilities. This tablet has Google's latest Android 4.4 KitKat installed as the OS.

The NotePRO has a large 12.2-inch screen with 2560 x 1600 pixels (16:10 aspect ratio). Wi-Fi and 3G models utilise the Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz Quad-core + 1.3 GHz Quad-core) processor but the LTE version uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz Quad-core. 3GB of RAM is present and storage capacities of 32/64GB built-in and microSD (Up to 64GB) are available.

The tablet has an 8MP front camera with LED flash and "zero shutter lag", a front facing camera offers 2MP. The NotePRO weighs around 750g and is under 8mm thick. A 9,500mAh battery is installed.

Galaxy TabPRO tablets

The 12.2-inch TabPRO is almost identical in specification to the NotePRO detailed above except for being 10g or so lighter and no S Pen functionality.

The 10.1 inch TabPRO model also offers a very similar specification of components within its smaller frame. Even its reduced screen size offers the same resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. Notable differences are of course the reduced size and weight. Samsung has also packed a smaller battery (8,220mAh) and 2GB of RAM rather than 3GB. Internal storage options are 16/32GB rather than 32/64GB. You still get a microSD card slot.

Samsung's Galaxy TabPRO 8.4-inch tablet maintains the screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels packing its 8.4-inch screen. Only one processor option is listed as the Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz Quad-core but this apparently will vary by market. Camera, RAM, storage and other specs are the same as the 10.1-incher but of course it is smaller and lighter (just over 330g). The battery deemed acceptable by Samsung for this tablet is 4,800mAh.

Logitech have you covered

Logitech has already revealed a Pro keyboard case for the new 12.2-inch tablets detailed above. Thanks to its more spacious layout, due to the bigger screen it is accompanying, the keyboard is described as a full-sized laptop one, with a dedicated row of app shortcut keys also present. This large keyboard/case/cover has a recommended price of US$130.

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Samsung's Galaxy TabPRO 8.4-inch tablet maintains the screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels

Give me this on an x86 Win 8.1 tablet and you can take my money :D Impressive pixel density leaching into the lower end there… :O_o1:
This means the current notes are no longer the high end tablets from Samsung. So now Samsung have the Note Pro, Tab Pro, Note and Tab….

This is Samsung milking consumers and justifying price increases by lunching a new PRO line instead of just updating the the current line of products…..

Starting to feel my next tablet will be the Nokia one with Windows.
Haven't had the chance to really delve into Android tablets, maybe now's my chance.
This means the current notes are no longer the high end tablets from Samsung. So now Samsung have the Note Pro, Tab Pro, Note and Tab….
Spare a thought for the poor schmuck who dived out to buy the “best” Note, the “10.1 2014 Edition” model at Christmas and now finds that they've got “obsolete” gear because it's been replaced at the top of the heap by the 12.2. :p

And no, I didn't, I'm still “slumming it” with a 2012 model which is working fine for me. Although I did buy a Note 8 for one of the kids and now that's probably obsoleted. :(

Now if the Note 12.2 had a competitively priced keyboard dock (a la Asus Transformer) available then I'd be very interested. Occurs to me that the dual window nature of Samsung's variant of Android on the Note would really be able to make good use of the extra screen “real estate”.

Not fussed for the increased resolution - strikes me as merely being specmanship v's the iPad rather than genuinely a “must have”.
Still not the size of an A4 piece of paper.