Samsung has announced 4 new Android tablets from its famous Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab series. All these tablets are dubbed as ‘Pro’ versions of their predecessors as they are equipped with ultra-high resolution displays (2560 x 1600), powerful Exynos Octa processors and 4K video recording capabilities. Samsung has announced these tablets in 3 different screen sizes. All these tablets come with premium subscriptions to NYTimes, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Evernote, Bitcasa, Cisco WebEx, Remote PC and other such services. These tablets come with Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed with Samsung’s new flatter Magazine style TouchWiz Nature UX on top of it.
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
This huge tablet has a 12.2″ Super Clear LCD screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels bringing its pixel density to staggering 247 PPI. This tablet weighs 750 g and has a waistline of 7.95mm which is a bit thicker compared to 7.5mm waistline of the Apple iPad Air. Samsung has used two different chipset as it always does due to the lack of LTE radio in their Exynos chipset. Globally, the tablet will ship with Exynos 5420 Octa processor while it will be powered by 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 in the LTE markets. It also has 3GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
Tablet PCs are generally equipped with sub-par camera units but the Note Pro comes with an 8MP rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, 4K recording and slow motion recording at 60 FPS with 2K resolution. There is a 2MP front-facing camera capable of Full HD 1080p video recording. The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro comes with Android 4.4 out of the box. As the name suggests the Note Pro comes with an S-Pen with all the necessary S functions like S Note, Scrapbook and Air Commands.
Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 also has all the latest connectivity features such as Wi-Fi ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and NFC. It is also one of those rare devices that are equipped with a microUSB 3.0 port. This tablet ships with a huge 9,500 mAh battery which is aplenty to power even the large UHD screen and the powerful hardware.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 & Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
The Galaxy Tab Pro series of tablets come in 3 different screen size variants; 12.2 inches, 10.1 inches and 8.4 inches. They have the same resolution that of the Note Pro but are equipped with a normal LCD capacitive touchscreen instead of a Super Clear LCD which is used in the Note Pro. Under the hood, these tablets have either a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 for LTE demanding markets or a 1.7GHz octa-core Exynos 5410 Octa processors for other countries. The Exynos 5410 processor is slightly less powerful compared to the Exynos 5420 processor used in the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (Exynos 5410 octa uses the PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU while the Exynos 5420 Octa uses a more powerful Mali-T628 GPU ).
These tablets comes with an 8MP primary camera with autofocus, LED flash and Full HD recording at 60 FPS. They also has a 2MP secondary camera which is also capable of Full HD 1080p video recording. The Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 lack 4K recording which seems like a software restriction from Samsung as the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 can record videos in 4K 2160p resolution. On the connectivity front, these tablets have Wi-Fi ac, A-GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 12.2 comes in 2 variants of internal storage; 32GB and 64GB while the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 come with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage space, in addition to expandable through microSD card slot. A 9500 mAh battery provides juice to the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 while the Tab Pro 10.1 comes with an 8,200 mAh battery and Tab Pro 8.4 comes with a smaller 4,800 mAh battery.
The 12.2″ Note Pro and the Tab Pro are rare kind of devices which have such huge screens. Tablets with such huge screens are mostly dual-boot tablets with Windows 8 and Android or multifunctional devices which can be used either as tablet or notebooks. One such device is the recently announced ASUS Transformer Book Duet. Samsung will find it tough to sell such devices due to competition from hybrid multifunctional tablets and notebooks.
The Tab Pro 10.1, on the other hand, will compete with the popular Apple iPad Air which already has strong market and huge fan following. But the Tab Pro will win in the areas where people desire calling functionality in their tablets. Coming to the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, it will compete with LG G Pad 8.3 which also has a Google Play Edition variant. The company mentioned that these four new tablets will be available in the markets by Q1 of 2014 although there is no official word from the Samsung about pricing of these tablets. According to a recent report, we should expect exorbitant price tags, at least for the LTE variants which will be priced upwards of €900. The cheapest tablet will be the Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 with a price tag of €700 for the 16GB version. Will Samsung find any buyers who are ready to pay such sky-high prices? It’s hard to say but at least we don’t recommend these tablets with these rumoured prices.