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January 09, 2014

Two New Tablets Unveiled by Samsung, the Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro

It seems that last week Samsung’s line of Pro tablets was more of a rumor than anything else. Well, CES 2014 is where you get the year’s first unveiling of new products and Samsung did not disappoint. The Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro were unveiled this Monday.

Both of these tablets introduce the world to a 12.2 inch display. We know that Samsung likes bigger. We have seen phablets from Samsung, sort of a midway point between a smartphone and tablet. Will a 12.2 inch tablet be the missing link between a tablet and laptop? What would you call it, a tabtop? Doesn’t roll off the tongue!

There seems to be more of a business focus to this larger than normal tablet. It is designed for the professional rather than the everyday consumer. Both devices run Android’s latest version. Both tablets are the first Samsung products to run Android 4.4, which is also known as KitKat natively. The tablets also feature Samsung TouchWiz and the new, tablet-specific Magazine UX.

Let’s take a closer look at each of the tablets that Samsung unveiled this week at CES 2014. First up we have the Galaxy Note Pro. As I mentioned it has a 12.2 inch Super clear LCD display, and the resolution comes in at 2560 x 1600. The display also has S-Pen functionality.

Some of the other features include a 1.9GHz Exynos 5 Octa chipset to power the 3G version. On the memory side, you have 3GB RAM, in addition to 32GB or 64GB of internal storage through a microSD expansion port. The back of the tablet features an eight megapixel rear camera with the front camera being a two megapixel version.

The overall size of this 12.2 inch display tablet is 11.64 by 8.03 x 0.31 inches. This frame houses a 9500mAh battery. As for connectivity options, its networking capabilities include Wi-Fi, HSPA+ and LTE options.

As a compliment for the S-Pen, the Galaxy Note Pro has software options that include the Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write and S Finder. These apps were originally introduced with the Galaxy Note 3. You will also be able to split the screen and use Multi Window to divide the display into as many as four windows.

You will also have some productivity tools such as Hancom Office for Android. This is a word processing app that also includes spreadsheets and presentations. In addition, you can use Remote PC to remotely connect to a PC.

The Galaxy Tab Pro includes a lot of the same features mentioned above. The display is the same WQXGA Super clear LCD. Both models come with 3G and LTE versions and are powered the same way. The LTE version runs a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset.

The cameras, frame and connectivity options are all the same. One thing that you will not be able to do on the Galaxy Tab Pro is use an S-Pen. Software options are also the same and both include Samsung’s “Ultimate User Content Gift Package.”

This gift package includes approximately $700 worth of premium pre-paid, long-term subscription offers such as 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.

On the more normal side of tablets, Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 models. Samsung is not skimping on these smaller models, both feature the Super clear LCD display with the resolution at 2560 x 1600.

Except for size, most of the other features and options are the same as the larger models. As you should expect, one of the main differences is that each model has a smaller battery that is geared towards size and functionality.

All four Samsung Galaxy tablets mentioned above are expected to be available sometime within the first quarter of 2014. We could be looking at availability around March at the latest. Price details are currently not available for any of the models.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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