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Samsung unveils new tablets at CES

Samsung has announced some new tablets at CES 2014 that fall into the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO line. The new lines of tablets have four models total with the NotePRO coming with a 12.2-inch screen. The TabPRO line has 12.2-inch, 10.1-inch, and 8.4-inch models.
The TabPRO 12.2-inch tablet has a native resolution 2560 x 1600 with over 4 million pixels. The 12.2-inch version of the NotePRO uses the same display. Both of the tablets come with support for Multi-window allowing them to be split into four different windows for working on multiple things at once. The NotePRO comes with the Samsung S Pen with support for Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, and S finder. Both of the tablets also come with Cisco WebEx Meetings platform installed.

Galaxy NotePRO
The NotePRO and TabPRO 12.2-inch tablets have an 8MP rear camera, 9500 mAh battery, Android 4.4 KitKat, and integrated Wi-Fi (LTE is optional). It has 3GB of RAM with 32GB or 64GB of storage. The processor is an Exynos 5 Octa-core uncut for the Wi-Fi and 3G model with the LTE version getting a Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quad core processor.

Galaxy TabPRO 10.1
The TabPro 10.1-inch has a native resolution of 2560 x 1600 with an Exynos 5 Octa core CPU for the Wi-Fi version and Snapdragon 800 for the LTE version. It has an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front with Android 4.4 for the OS. The TabPro 8.4-inch unit has a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 1600 x 2560 resolution display with LED flash.
Pricing and availability for the new tablets is unknown.

Source: Samsung

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build quality
By hughlle on 1/7/2014 12:27:26 PM , Rating: 2
So even with the pro line, for professionals, people with money, people who want quality, they still can't get around to building something solid?

Each time i was in the market for a tablet I have looked at the samsung offerings, and each time, i've said not a chance. Why can't they just build a tablet that actually feels like it will hold together if you look at it cross eyed. Heck, they managed to build a somewhat sturdy N10, yet why are they so against putting effort into their own more expensive lines. How can you claim you're going for top end when you use bottom end designs? sure people buy samsung products because they are often good so far as components, but a lot of people do not buy samsung products simply because they feel like crap. People want value for their money, especially in light of what the competition offers.

RE: build quality
By retrospooty on 1/7/2014 1:12:42 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno, they supposedly have hte textured backs like the Note3, so that is better.

I am just glad to see decent high end tablets from Samsung. Previous tabs and notes have all had poor specs and low res screens (up until the Note 10 v2014) This new round brings great specs to the whole range. I particularly like the 8.4 inch one with 2560x1600. The absolute highest PPI available on any tablet.

RE: build quality
By Samus on 1/7/2014 2:58:10 PM , Rating: 2
I honestly struggle to find parity between the Nexus\Kindle Fire HD and the iPad.

The Samsung is as expensive as an iPad, but has inferior build quality to the Nexus and Kindle.

Samsung makes ok stuff, but they aren't Apple and can't charge what Apple charges. The price of their phones is getting ridiculous, it's all marketing at this point. At least if you buy an Apple product it will hold some value. Even a 2+ year old iPhone 4s sells for over $200. I'm lucky to get that for my 6 month old Galaxy S4.

RE: build quality
By kathytorris1k on 1/7/2014 8:17:24 PM , Rating: 2
The Ramos i12 ($299) is one other 12 inch Android tablet to launch in January and offers one of Intel's latest processors with Hyper-Threading technology that runs four threads simultaneously and outperforms many quad-core tablets in benchmark tests...

The Ramos i12 also features a high resolution 1920x1200 HD display, 2GB Ram/16GB memory, a powerful 10,000 mAh battery, built-in GPS, and a sleek design with double-sided, Crystal plate glass and ultra-light aluminum frame...

A 3G HSPA+ edition is also expected in February and priced at $339 and will work with GSM Carriers worldwide, and easily added to wireless plans through ATT, T-Mobile and Straight Talk.

One of the first sources the Ramos i12 is available through is -- Tab l et Sp r i nt - which also currently offers a promotion with 4G Internet with 500MB of data every month at no cost (4G adapter included) that works with all tablets available through their site - with free service available nationwide.

RE: build quality
By mjv.theory on 1/7/2014 1:27:21 PM , Rating: 5
I read your entire spiel to mean "does not have a metal back" or "not precious enough".
for professionals, people with money, people who want quality

I wonder, do you feel that this describes you?. Do you really want a tablet?, would a mirror not better serve your purpose.

RE: build quality
By hughlle on 1/7/2014 1:43:28 PM , Rating: 2
I am perfectly happy with the plastic back of my N10. Made by samsung. So why do they have to go and make the rest of their products feel so cheap and awful. Being metal or "precious"(?) has nothing to do with it. Take a look at say the gs3/4. One of the major gripes people have with it, is not that it is plastic, but that the plastic feels so cheap, given that they are buying a top of the range model.

Samsungs build quality has always been a point of discussion, why are you acting as if i'm being unreasonable in mentioning this?

RE: build quality
By Spuke on 1/7/2014 1:50:07 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think you're being unreasonable but I will disagree with the build quality. I think that's fine but my problem has always been specs. Up until recently, that has been severely lacking. I will say these new tablets are impressive spec wise and it seems the feel will be improved like retro said. Guess we'll see how it goes. Personally, that new Transformer Duet is way more intriguing.

RE: build quality
By hughlle on 1/7/2014 2:30:02 PM , Rating: 2
Well it's always been a debate, some are fine with it, other do not like it in the slightest.

We will indeed have to wait and see, but i did a little of of googling and here was one hands on opinion of the quality.

"the NotePRO’s plastic build results in the tablet featuring an unwanted amount of flex, creaking under moderate amounts of pressure. It is, however, more robust than the extremely flimsy 12.2-inch Samsung Galaxy TabPRO."

will just have to wait for a broader set of opinions, and see for myself once they're in the shops.

RE: build quality
By funvirginian on 1/10/2014 6:15:57 PM , Rating: 2
Build of Samsung tablets have been almost better than Apple for the last two years, especially with the added software enhancements beyond that of Google which is blasé. This is the year it surpasses Apple easily watch the market does in terms of product & revenue and later then in terms of stock. Every tech spec balanced out against others to be fair and you have the tablet that will be the iPad market taker just as galaxy S4 is taking the iPhone market without a sweat since Jobs died. One man really did make a company. If I was a Apple shareholder I'd dump my stock when Jobs died. @funvirginian

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