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Meet the first Windows-powered Galaxy: Samsung Galaxy TabPro S with Windows 10 is now official

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Meet the first Windows-powered Galaxy: Samsung Galaxy TabPro S with Windows 10 is now official
Earlier today, we told you that Samsung may soon unveil a Windows 10-based tablet called Galaxy TabPro S. Well, the device has just been announced at CES 2016, and will be released around the world come February, in black and white (both Wi-Fi-only, and LTE variants will be available). Mind you, this is Samsung's very first Galaxy device to be powered by Windows (all previous Galaxies ran Android), and seems to be the company's response to Microsoft's Surface Pro line, and Apple's iPad Pro.

Measuring 290.3 x 198.8 x 6.3 mm, the Galaxy TabPro S is a pretty large 2-in1 tablet that sports a 12-inch Super AMOLED display with 2160 x 1440 pixels - that's not as high as the pixel resolutions of Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 (2736 x 1824), or Apple's iPad Pro (2732 x 2048), but still high enough to provide a nice viewing experience.

Powered by a 6th generation, dual-core Intel Core M processor clocked at 2.2GHz, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S can offer full PC functionality, thanks to Windows 10 and all its features - including Microsoft Office, OneDrive, Cortana, and the new Microsoft Edge browser.

The Galaxy TabPro S comes with 4 GB of RAM, and includes a 5,200 mAh battery that can last up to 10.5 hours, and can be fully charged in 2.5 hours. The tablet also has two 5 MP cameras: one on the rear, and one on the front.

Samsung didn't say how much the Galaxy TabPro S will cost. The good news is that the detachable keyboard that you can see in the images below comes includes with the device. A Bluetooth Pen, and a multi-port adapter (HDMI, USB Type A & C) will be available to buy separately.

So, what do you think? Is the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S a device that you'd want to buy?


source: Samsung

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posted on 05 Jan 2016, 16:53 30

1. DellDeep (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)


ROFLMAO......iPad Pro is officially useless. Oh wait, it already was.

Samsung killing the game!

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 18:33 2

16. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


It was that way when it launched ;-)

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 19:24 7

21. runzlord (Posts: 227; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)


Android on tablet is officially dead too.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 21:49

30. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Not really, they are different, different price range and capabilities. My Dell 7140 are a perfect Windows tablet on spec but still don't function as well as my tab S tablet.

The reason is Windows app are even less touch centric than Android apps. Plus the heat, imagine doing a medium Windows work load cause the CPU temp to raise to 80 degree Celsius. I use Intel CPU extreme tuner to undervolt my dell to 75 but still no where near an iPad or Android tablet in term of temperature comfort in hands.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 18:34 2

17. French_Toast (Posts: 85; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


If Apple wants to make a real tablet for real professional he will make one that will use windows 10 not IOS.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 20:31 1

26. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2183; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Why would they do that? There are a LOT more touch-centric tablet apps available for iOS. I suppose they could throw another gimped Windows tablet out there, but why would you when the iPad sells more in a quarter than the Surface does in a year and more developers develop for iOS?

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 21:14 2

27. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1545; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Re-read his comment, he said "real professional".
While iPad is better in some ways as a regular everyday tablet, it is nowhere near windows tablets in terms of productivity.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 21:47 1

29. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2183; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


It's a tablet, regardless of the use case. A Surface isn't the tablet an iPad is, and it isn't the productivity device a laptop or desktop is. It's "real," but hardly "professional."

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 22:55

35. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1545; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Doesn't change the fact that putting a "Pro" in it's name is inappropriate, and Tim Cook actually said that it will replace laptops.
It should be named iPad Plus.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 23:40 2

40. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2934; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Try doing this on an iPad or a Desktop:

bit.ly/1pgy6jn

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 12:14

51. French_Toast (Posts: 85; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


trying to say without laughing you can do real professional work with iPad

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 02:37

45. Crossblade (Posts: 210; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)


more like OS X

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 20:09 1

24. AkoSiKuting (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 09 Dec 2015)


Samsung is killing the Android, before killing iPad :)

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 16:54 16

2. Martineverest (Posts: 337; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


Rise of Windows. Slow and steady... Taking high end tablet space

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 22:01

31. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Windows is available since 1990... I even own the original Windows XP tablet edition. It's has a wacom stylus supported screen that I am able to draw on it.

Its not touch enabled since its only recognize the stylus.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 16:54 8

3. Martineverest (Posts: 337; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


Surface phone and its clones next... Microsoft is back up the game

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 16:57 1

4. LittleGaGaKiller (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


macbook 12 inches WANNABE lol at the copycats

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 17:00 23

6. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Or they are copying the ultrabook concept thats been around... and also the surface pro.. but apple faboi needs a laugh.. typical.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 18:33 5

15. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Yeah windows copied the touchscreen macbook oh wait.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 19:13 1

20. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1545; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


(intercontinental facepalm)

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 17:02 10

7. Carbo (Posts: 26; Member since: 07 Aug 2015)


A 12" OLED screen will be impressive, and it runs a real OS.
If it's cheaper than the Surface Pro, it will be a fun Photoshop tool.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 00:28

43. almostdone (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


I can't wait for OLED screens. I currently have the Surface Pro 4 and no matter how good LCD screens are black looks gray and light bleeds are more pronounced with large screens.

LCD's are OK for phones but not for larger screens. They look awful.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 17:04

8. ShadowHammer (Posts: 98; Member since: 13 Mar 2015)


I wonder what kind of bloat Samsung will put on their Windows devices?

It looks decent, but it's no Surface Pro. Perhaps it will be priced accordingly?

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 17:05 2

9. fay99 (Posts: 103; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Are you kidding PA? 4GB of ram == lots of rams for a device running Windows pro?

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 17:14 1

10. kozza3 (Posts: 697; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


My thoughts exactly

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 18:08 1

13. ibend (Posts: 4577; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


still enough to open (not so huge) project on photoshop + dozens tab on chrome..
but hardly enough to open premiere, any CAD program, or gaming, but if u need that, just get proper ultrabook, lol

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 18:34 1

18. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


You should youtube the core M surface pro more than adequate. I am actually surprised at how well windows 8.1 and now 10 runs with only 2 gb on a transformer book.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 23:05

37. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


That's all u need for Windows on a laptop. Most laptops of have 4GB of ram. What's your poomt?

Unless u need a multimedia workhorse, you don't need more than 4GB of ram.

It's a laptop basically, not a gaming laptop.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 01:55

44. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


4GB Ram for 64 bit OS is just enough not much breathing space. Not just media would be better off with 8GB, people that do coding are also better off with 8GB of Ram.

Visual Studio 2015 took 9.8GB memory food print at time.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 06:58

48. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I use Visual Studio on my 4GB machine. I also play WoW, WoT, Skyrim, etc. I also do 3d modeling rendering with millions of poly's in a scene. I also convert videos using avidemux or other tools (like blender).

Not to mention I do it on ddr2.

While not ideal...it works, I have just been super lazy in upgrading my workhorse from my old amd 940 and ati 4950hd

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 17:48

53. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Windows virtual memory ensure that it will run. However, it you want them to run only on your RAM to reduce disk activity, than the more RAM you have the better. In fact, i would not buy another new Windows System without 16GB ram.

When the system become unresponsive, I have the habit of checking Windows taskman. That's when i disccover my Disk Activity is at 100% and the RAM usage is 9.8GB.

Fan like to sugar coat things, i just say it like i see it.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 17:46 9

11. Lycan155 (Posts: 254; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


I thought the galaxy name was reserved for samsung devices with android

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 17:49 2

12. twens (Posts: 978; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


This is what tablets have to be not running some mobile OS.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 18:19 1

14. mixedfish (Posts: 1177; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


As soon as I saw "Intel Core M" my interest sank to zero.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 18:35

19. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Why? It is more than powerful enough to run a lot of software and please don't compare benchmark scores unless you know what fp16 and fp32 is.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 20:28

25. mixedfish (Posts: 1177; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


I don't need benchmarks, only practical experience. Core M stinks, it's one giant marketing gimmick to force 'prettier' laptops that are slower than last year but yet marked up at premium prices. I think ULV chips in ultrabooks were already borderline par, this has gone too far.

Anything casual and 'everyday' enough, why go Intel based chip and full blown OS when you can do it all on mobile like Android/iOS.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 22:09

32. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Still Core M offer reasonable performance for their heat and power consumption profile. Much better than an Intel Atom CPU.

Which other Intel CPU offer Core i5 performance that could also support a fanless design which is a must for any reasonable tablet use case?

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 07:16

49. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Why spend same amount of money on a lesser experience?

I have bought tablets from 70bucks with the Stream7 all the way to the more expensive side in the 600 range. If I need a mobile os I can emulate it without issues

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 17:56

54. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Emulation is never the same as the real things. I don't think you are giving a fair comment.

I know because i use Intel Atom x86 AVD (super laggy) and genymotion.(still laggy)

Maybe, you could recommend a good lag free Android emulator for me to check out.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 23:06

38. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Why? It's as powerful than the Core i3.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 19:33

22. rsiders (Posts: 913; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I just know I want one.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 19:57 2

23. rishav20193 (Posts: 206; Member since: 18 Jul 2015)


I wish samsung launches...windows phones too (flagships & midrangers)

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 02:56

46. holydemon6 (Posts: 19; Member since: 30 Jun 2015)


Same here

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 21:44 2

28. Gorilla (Posts: 39; Member since: 25 Jul 2015)


This tablet looks like a serious beast, and obviously be excellent for productivity-based stuff. I think Apple and Microsoft got a serious competitor coming their way lol

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 22:15 1

33. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Samsung devices are not cheap in terms of retail pricing but a good thing is they have an aggressive price drop policy.

Wait for 6 to 8 months should be able to buy it for a 30% discount.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 22:23 2

34. Gorilla (Posts: 39; Member since: 25 Jul 2015)


That's true.
Its a shame Really, Samsung has been churning out some amazing devices last year, and the fact that the price drops so fast is kinda saddening.
All the same, its a decent discount for the consumer
+1

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 00:14

42. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Every brands has its pro and con. I don't see price drop as a disadvantage because i always buy Samsung device much later than i would other brand.

Even apple give discount on older hardware, just visit their refurbish pages. I find it to be better than getting from private seller, as Apple gives a full 12 months warranty for their refurbished device.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 23:03 1

36. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Wow. Being able to charge a 5200mah battery in 2.5 hours is an absolute beast of a charger.

A battery roughly 3 test the size of mist smartphones and still charges in less time than most if them is just beast.

Samsung is in beast mode
That is innovation all by itself.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 05:58

56. Shocky (unregistered)


That's awful, the Pixel C is 9200mah and charges in the same time.

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 23:34

39. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2934; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Nice for them to jump on board, but lacking built-in USB port, storage expansion, and dedicated video-out port make it not worth more than even the Surface 3 non-pro.

Almost feels like a Windows version of the 2015 MacBook with it's meh single port trying to force you to buy a bunch of adapters...

posted on 05 Jan 2016, 23:48

41. Blackrod5000 (Posts: 18; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)


Okay everything was very nice.from Samsung but where was the S7 am I missing something

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 03:26

47. hado86 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Damn! It's this, pro 4 and the new razor stealth I can't choose!

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 11:55

50. zunaidahmed (Posts: 804; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


This is an epic fail with core-m processor, it's gonna lag and throttle as hell just like the dumb new MacBook. People are gonna bash me and say you can run full Windows and use photoshop with this. Yes, you can even play crysis3 on integrated graphics with everything on low and 480p. But no one does, the experience would just be horrible, same goes to photoshop, photoshop lags a lot on my last core-m yoga, it was just ok for making documents, watching movies, listening to music etc. People seems to forget even with full Windows, you still need the processing power to do a lot of things, IMO, core-m tablets should be considered LITE version, while low voltage i5 and i7 should be considered PRO

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 14:51

52. Shocky (unregistered)


I wouldn't buy one for the same reason I wouldn't buy the iPad Pro and Surface Pro 4.

The size and weight are an issue, it's no longer comfortable to use as a tablet and will spend most it's life plugged into a keyboard dock.

It's a hybrid device and not a tablet.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 21:22

55. Metropolis75 (Posts: 106; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Seems like a small battery. My Note 12.2 has a 9500mah battery.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 05:39

57. pegasso (Posts: 274; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


a Galaxy device powered by Windows?
why Galaxy? why not Ativ / Omnia?

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