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CES 2014: Samsung launches Galaxy Tab Pro series along with a 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro

Samsung has added four tablets to its tablet portfolio today, with all devices featuring a Quad-HD screen.

Note 12.2

Samsung isn’t waiting until Mobile World Congress to launch its next-gen tablets. It has unveiled a total of four tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show today, with a notable feature being that all tablets that were launched feature an identical screen resolution.

First off, the new Galaxy Tab Pro series: three tablets have been launched in this series, with varying screen sizes. The smallest is an 8.4-inch version. Then there is the 10.1-inch variant and rounding things off is a massive 12.2-inch tablet. All three tablets come with a Quad-HD screen with a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440, which makes the 8.4-inch tablet the highest resolution tablet in its category.

Tab 12.2

In terms of design, all tablets share design cues from earlier iterations of Galaxy Tabs. There is the familiar plastic finish, and the tablets feature a similar faux-leather stitched back that was seen on the Galaxy Note 10.1. Although it is made of plastic, it does allow users to hold the devices more comfortably. At the front, Samsung is still sticking to hardware navigation buttons, with a physical home button and touch menu and back buttons.

The Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2-inch version comes with 3 GB RAM, with the other two tablets featuring 2 gigs. That is still more than enough for most use cases. Samsung is ensuring that all variants launch with Android 4.4 KitKat, which is a good sign. Samsung has finally ditched TouchWiz UI in favor of something it calls the Magazine UX. It looks similar to TouchWiz, but feels modern and something that was designed this century.

All tablets will mostly run Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, with a few international models set to feature Samsung’s Exynos octa-core version. They will feature LTE where available and 3G connectivity in markets which do not have LTE yet. It is most likely that the models offered with 3G connectivity will come with the Exynos SoC. Other hardware features include an 8 MO camera at the back and a 2 MP shooter at the front. These three tablets will be available in either 32 or 64 GB internal memory configurations, and true to tradition, will feature micro-SD card slots.

Samsung also launch a massive 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro today. The tablet looks like an oversized version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition, and features identical hardware. It does come with Android 4.4 and stylus functionality, so there is that going for it. Otherwise, the tablet is too big and too heavy (753 gms) to use for any considerable duration.

Samsung has thrown in an obscene amount of goodies to incentivise the purchase of a Galaxy Note Pro or 12.2-inch Galaxy Tab Pro. Users buying these tablets would get 1 TB Bitcasa storage for 3 months, Bloomberg Businessweek+ for one year, free unlimited Cisco WebEx for 6 months, 50 gigs of Dropbox, Hancom Office and a lot of other offerings, the total value of which is at $700.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda is an avid reader of science-fiction novels. A long-time Arsenal fan, his other interests include gaming, basketball and making music. He also likes tinkering with hardware in his free time.

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