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Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 enters the S Pen arena with a new Magazine UX interface

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Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 enters the S Pen arena with a new Magazine UX interface
Samsung is getting really serious with its tablet efforts this year, said CEO JK Shin, and it shows with the announcement of the new Galaxy TabPRO series. The undisputed star here is the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, which is the largest member of the S Pen-wielding family, and the most advanced, too. 

Display and specs


The slate carries a 16:10 aspect Super Clear LCD display with 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution, ringing in the very respectable for the screen diagonal 247ppi pixel density - that's four million pixels for you. It is powered by a snappy "true octa-core" 1.9 GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor as far as the 3G versions are concerned, and 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset runs the show if you get an LTE-equipped NotePRO.

The stylus-laden tablet sports a generous 3 GB of RAM amount, and will come in your choice of 32/64 GB versions, which share an 8 MP camera on the back, and a 2 MP front shooter for video chats. A huge 9500 mAh battery will keep it ticking for up to 10 hours, and the slate comes in the faux leather back with stitching accents that debuted with Note 3. At 295.6 x 204 x 7.95 mm it won't be the smallest out there, but is still coming very compact for the screen diagonal and S Pen silo feature. Things get hairy, however, as far as weight is concerned, as the NotePRO is roughly 750g in its 3G/LTE versions, which can come hefty on the wrist for prolonged usage.

New Magazine UX interface


Android 4.4 KitKat is what makes the tablet do its thing, but Samsung has coated it with a brand new tablet-oriented user interface, which it calls Magazine UX. As you can see in the press shots, it is akin to a traditional magazine face, which the largish screen diagonal allows, and offers tiled layout called "dashboard" for categorizing your favorite content in terms of news feeds and most frequently used apps. Since we also get the S Pen, features like Pen Window will come very handy on the large screen real estate, which, along with the Multi Windows mode will enhance your multitasking productivity, as you can now split the screen in four. 

In addition, the Galaxy NotePRO will ship with a selection of pre-loaded apps, content and services worth up to $700 - Bitcasa, Bloomberg Businessweek+, Blurb, Cisco WebEx Meetings, Dropbox, Easilydo Pro for Tablet, Evernote, Hancom Office for Android, LinkedIn, LIVESPORT.TV, NY Times, Oxford Advanced Learner’s A-Z, and Sketchbook Pro. The largest Note is expected to ship this quarter clad in black and white.

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posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:13 7

1. ara.armagedon (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 May 2013)


Now they're copying Microsoft

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:21 17

4. igorb81 (Posts: 29; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


It doesn't resemble Microsoft to me at all. I am not sure what you are seeing.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:36 9

10. Commentator (Posts: 2290; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Yeah. If anything, they're copying Flipboard.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:56 7

13. hurrycanger (Posts: 753; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


You didn't know Microsoft invented the square and regtangle? Tile floor was designed by microsoft!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:29 9

7. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Get a life.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 18:23 1

16. rawbow (Posts: 406; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Burrrn Copysungs haha!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:19 1

2. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


The UI s a bit windows don't you think? Still looks a fantastic tab

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:21 3

3. fouadqr (Posts: 280; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


What windows this tablet use ? RT or Pro ?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:24 5

5. Phontron (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Dec 2012)


I think I like the new UI,,,amazing and totally new

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:26 13

6. MrKoles (Posts: 291; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


HAHA, so now a Ui with tiles can be just the copy of Windows? You are pathetic guys...this is a lot more usable...

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:30 11

8. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


^ a person with sense

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:19 2

20. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 616; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Well its Mr Albert Einstein.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:30 6

9. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


New UI looks awesome hoping for something like this on the phones, something cleaner than the horrible touchwiz ui atm!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:45

12. livyatan (Posts: 641; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


This is a first glimpse on how the 4.4 TW will look like.
My Note 3 is getting anxious!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:43 7

11. livyatan (Posts: 641; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Oh, time for Android to show Windows how to make windows.
This is sweet

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 17:44 3

14. Carlitos (Posts: 290; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I'm a kind of impressed with this UI. It actually seems a lot more functional that the tiles on Windows.( and not say saying they copied windows. Idk where some of you are getting that from.
I can see this UI teaching Microsoft what real tile like widgets should be like.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 00:13 2

17. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Right, since you can directly interact with the apps within their respective widgets, unlike tiles, which are basically enlarged icons that can display notif..

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 18:01

15. Ikechukwu (Posts: 133; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


Windows what? 8.1 PRO OR RT? :)

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 09:11 1

19. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 239; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


You can all bashing SS for making TW more like W8/8.1, but I think that W8 had to look more like this in the first place..
Personal opinion !! :)

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