Samsung's competitors, as anxious as they are to kick the incumbent king down a peg, won't be having a very good day once they catch a word of this: Sammy just took the drapes off four
new tablets, each packing some seriously mouth-watering hardware. Three of those are the first recruits into Samsung's newly-formed army, dubbed TabPRO, an army that was created with one simple aim in mind: show the tablet industry who is boss:
That's quite a statement, yet even we can't offer much in the way of disagreement – these new slates pack some pretty awesome specs and are truly diverse in their appeal, as they offer just about every form factor. As you've probably guessed, these come in three sizes: 8.4-inches, 10.1-inches and the downright giant 12.2-inches, and yet here's the best part: practically everything about the internals is identical, with the exception of the amount of memory on board, the battery's capacity, weight and dimensions. That's great, seeing as all 4G LTE variations of the trio are packing Qualcomm's 2.3GHz bin of its mighty quad-core Snapdragon 800, while the Wi-Fi+3G models pack Samsung's promising Exynos 5420 chipset. That latter one runs ARM's big.LITTLE config,
meaning that four powerful 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 cores are working alongside a cluster of four, more frugal 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 ones that take care of the mundane, background tasks, all the while conserving power. Best of all, Samsung has long promised that a future software update will make it possible for the octa-core chipset to utilize all of its cores at once, should those ever be required. Moreover, a healthy 2GB of RAM is being made available for the smaller, TabPRO 8.4 and TabPRO 10.1 slates, while the TabPRO 12.2 packs the still rare 3GB of RAM.
Of course, all this power isn't likely to go to waste, as the South Korean manufacturer has outfitted the three new tablets with crisp 1600x2560 LCD displays. Internal memory sits at 16GB or 32GB, in the case of the 8.4- and 10.1-inchers, while the giant 12.2-inch TabPRO has 32GB and 64GB options. Sammy has seen fit to install the same duo of camera units on each of the new TabPROs – an 8-megapixel rear snapper with AutoFocus capabilities and an LED flash, and a 2-megapixel shooter at the front. Battery capacity, as can be expected, varies depending on the size of the slate: the 12.2-incher packs the most potent, 9500mAh cell, with a 8220mAh battery for the 10.1-inch TabPRO and a much smaller, 4800mAh one for the TabPRO 8.4.
And, yet, there's more. Samsung must really want to make 2014 all about tablets, for it's extending the bygone holiday festivites into this year as well, with a massive package of freebies. Depending on the region of the buyer, pre-paid subscriptions to a number of services, such as DropBox, Businessweek+, NY Times, Oxford Advanced Learner's A-Z and Sketbook Pro, are all being made available for free to those who invest into Sammy's new offerings. The electronics giant estimates the package at approximately $700, which is funny, seeing as no pricing information has been relayed whatsoever. Thankfully, we're at least told to expect to see these bad boys in action as early as Q1, 2014.
The new Samsung Galaxy TabPRO tablets
1. Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1
2. Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1
3. Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1
4. Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1
5. Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
6. Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
7. Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
8. Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
9. Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
10. Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
11. Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
12. Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO series set a New Rule for the Tablet Experience at CES 2014
Extending the company’s innovation legacy with best-in-class media consumption and productivity capabilities
Las Vegas, NV – January 6, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today unveiled the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO line of tablets, setting a new standard of mobile excellence, equipped with innovative and meaningful technology. Sporting four powerful devices in the lineup – the Galaxy NotePRO (12.2-inch), TabPRO (12.2, 10.1, 8.4-inch), Samsung’s Galaxy tablet portfolio redefines what a tablet can do.
“We created the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO series to kick-off a year in which Samsung truly establishes its leadership in the tablet market,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “This new line offers the best-in-class content consumption and productivity, combining a stunning viewing experience with Samsung’s design legacy. The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO truly demonstrate our commitment to providing our customers with extraordinarily versatile product offerings, tailored to tablet users of every description.”
Providing users with an extraordinary display and a matching feature set, the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO series bring premium style and powerful performance in a single device. Created to satisfy every possible type of user case scenario, the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO combine a crystal-clear, WQXGA display for a world-class viewing experience, powerful productivity tools, and unique features with preloaded and free downloadable content, producing a superior mobile solution.
Introducing Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO (12.2) – the Definitive Tablet Viewing Experience
The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO present the world’s first 12.2-inch WQXGA Widescreen (16:10) display, offering crystal clear resolution (2560x1600) with more than 4 million pixels, making it an ideal platform for every type of content creation and consumption. With a larger viewing area, the defined screen allows users to enjoy stunning Full HD video play and view even more information at a glance. In addition to the industry-leading display, the devices have been designed with a sleek, light, slim frame that is both premium and highly portable.
A personalized Magazine UX, specifically optimized for a large screen, allows users to further tailor their Galaxy tablet experience for their own needs. The UX enables them to organize their favorite content in an easy-to-use dashboard with automatic feed or news updates and then quickly access the most frequently used apps for a more comfortable reading experience. By utilizing a screen size that is more comparable to traditional magazine-sized material, content is easier to view in its original format when reading digital magazines or e-books.
Powerful Partner for Productivity
The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO (12.2) come equipped with a variety of productivity tools to help users to manage both their personal and professional lives.
Multi Window enables users to split the screen up into four different windows and an innovative, Virtual Keyboard provides them with enough space to type comfortably, leveraging haptic feedback to produce a more realistic typing experience.
The Samsung S Pen included with the Galaxy NotePRO delivers a more responsive, productive and overall efficient tablet experience with access to features such as Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write and S Finder. In addition, Pen Window enables users to simply draw a window of any size on the screen, and instantly access unique in-application features such as YouTube or a calculator.
Users can easily access and control their home or office PC directly through their Galaxy NotePRO or TabPRO with Remote PC in order to seamlessly edit and save files remotely.
The Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO also come pre-loaded with Cisco WebEx Meetings platform, the industry’s leading web conferencing solution that provides users with an easy way to meet with anyone, anywhere. And now for the first time on Android tablets, users can share anything on their screen as well as starting a WebEx meeting from contact list. Samsung e-Meeting provides collaboration capabilities by giving users the ability to share content during a meeting without having to access a central server or network.
Ultimate User Content Gift Package*
For additional value and productivity right out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO (12.2) will feature up to approximately $700 worth of the premium pre-paid, long-term subscription offers from best-selling news, social media and cloud storage providers, including: 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 (content packages may vary by region).
The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO line will come in various connectivity options: WiFi Only, WiFi and 3G, or WiFi and LTE. Users can choose between the 12.2-inch Galaxy NotePRO that comes with an included S Pen, and the 12.2-inch Galaxy TabPRO, Galaxy TabPRO 10.1-inch and 8.4-inch without the S Pen.
Designed to extend productivity even further, the following optional accessories are also available for purchase with the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO: Various Book Covers, USB LAN HUB, Universal BT Keyboard and S Action Mouse (accessories may vary by product model).
The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO tablet line will be offered globally and will be available starting from Q1, 2014.
For more product information, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com / m.samsungmobilepress.com
The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO will be on display at the Samsung booth #12004 at CES 2014, January 7th through 10th, 2014.