Samsung has finally come clean about its next generation Android tablets, the Galaxy NotePro and TabPro. The Note Pro is a 12.2-inch tablet sporting the usual Note-series stylus, and like the rumors said, the TabPro comes in a whole range of sizes: 12.2, 10.1, and 8.4 inches.
The Galaxy NotePro 12.2
Despite running Android, the devices come with a Windows 8-style tile interface called “Magazine UX,” which Samsung says is better optimized for large screens. The usual Samsung accoutrements like split-screen apps and floating windows are present, which should be even more useful on such a huge screen. It looks like the “Pro” moniker here is all about the bundled software (and marketing), as Samsung is pre-loading a remote desktop app, Cisco WebEx Meetings (a video conferencing app), Samsung e-Meeting (a content sharing service), and “approximately $700 worth of the premium pre-paid, long-term subscription offers from best-selling news, social media, and cloud storage providers,” like a subscription to The New York Times and Dropbox storage. Samsung’s Knox security software will also no doubt be a selling point, as Samsung looks to push into the enterprise and fill the hole left by the cratering BlackBerry.
The Galaxy TabPro 10.1
The 12.2 and 10.1 inch devices are meant to be used horizontally, with Samsung’s hardware buttons located on the horizontal edge. The 8.4-inch version has the buttons and branding in a vertical orientation. It looks like Samsung is sticking to its traditional motto of “bigger is better” as, for now, a new 7-inch tablet is out of the question.
The Galaxy TabPro 8.4
The Wi-Fi versions of the devices use the Samsung 1.9GHz Exynos 5 Octa CPU (four 1.9 Ghz cores and four low-power 1.3Ghz cores), and the LTE versions use a 2.3Ghz Snapdragon 800. Everything runs Android 4.4 KitKat on a 2560×1600 LCD (even the 8.4-inch model) and has 16 or 32 GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and a microSD Slot. The big internal differences between devices are the battery and RAM. The 12.2-inch device has 3GB of RAM and a 9500 mAh battery. The 10.1-inch TabPro has 2GB of RAM and an 8220 mAh battery, and the 8.4-inch version has 2GB of RAM and a 4800 mAh battery.
The software is the real star of the show here, which unfortunately doesn’t come across in a press release very well. We will do our best to play with this at some point tomorrow and grab some video when the CES show floor opens.
Source : Arstechnica.com