Being a proud owner and heavy user of a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 for more than a year, I needed to see something more than the Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition, before I would even consider jumping ship. That thing goes everywhere with me as I use it for work, play at work, or to remote into servers at work when I forget to finish up due to too much playing at work. Finally at CES 2014, Samsung forced my head to turn with their new PRO devices: the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO and Samsung Galaxy TabPRO tablets. Furthermore, while the majority of the tablet market continues to move towards 8 or 7 inch variants, these tablets will change the game by also coming in 12.2 inch models. So what will be stuffed into the new Samsung Galaxy PRO series of tablets?
The Samsung Galaxy PRO tablets will come out in Wifi, 3G and 4G LTE versions, which impacts the processors that will be used. The Wifi and 3G models will house Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processor (1.9 GHz Quadcore + 1.3 GHz Quadcore) while the LTE versions will use the new powerhouse Snapdragon 800 (2.3GHz Quadcore) processor. The displays have been improved considerably as they now sport a 2560 by 1600 resolution capable of 1080p HD video playback at 60 frames per second – almost expected now on a tablet available at 12.2 inches. The sound presentation is still the same on these tablets: stereo speakers and a 3.5 mm ear jack. And the cameras come pretty standard with a 2 megapixel front-facing camera and an 8 megapixel main rear camera (auto focus / flash) promising zero shutter lag.
Going deeper into the internals, these 750 to 753 gram tablets will hold 3 GB’s of RAM, 32 to 64 GB’s of internal storage (expandable to 64 GB’s via microSD), and a 9,500 mAh battery, promising up to 10 hours of continuous activity. In the connectivity department, the tablets will use a Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO (2.4 and 5 Ghz) radio, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and USB 3.0. At launch, the tablets will be running Android 4.4 KitKat.
Still speaking internally, these tablets show how they put the PRO in professional with pre-loaded apps such as WebEx , Samsung KNOX, Remote PC, e-Meeting and Samsung’s own office suite solution for doc and spreadsheet finagling. I was impressed with the many peripherals they showed on display for the Samsung Galaxy PRO tablets: a USB to Ethernet dongle, a mini to multi-USB hub, a large selection of designer book covers, and different variations of Bluetooth keyboard cases made specifically for the new tab series.
In case you want to see a little more in the functionality department, here you can see some of the live presentation shown on the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Well, the PRO series definitely has my attention. Rest assured that I will be making every effort to review the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2!