Samsung Electronics seem to always have been on a quest to deliver their customers a larger screen and their launch of a few big screen tablets at the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas this week proved no different. The company is now bringing the big screen to their tablets.
Samsung believes that the larger screen 12.2-inch tablets are the next “sweet spot” in tablet size. They are very confident in their Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO products that combine their high-resolution big screens with a good variety of tools for productivity and top-notch optimization for all apps and services.
Samsung Electronics announced at the International CES that they have a total of four new big screen tablets in their launch line-up under their Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO models.
The NotePRO tablet comes in a 12.2-inch screen and includes an S-Pen stylus similar to what Samsung offers in their Galaxy Note 3 product. The NotePRO will only be available in one large size.
The TabPRO tablet will come in three sizes or variations: an 8.4-inch screen, a 10.1-inch screen, and a 12.2-inch screen.
All four of Samsung Electronics’ big screen tablet models use a 4 Quad Extended Graphics Array called WQXGA that offers a clear and respectable 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution. The tablets also share a camera that delivers an 8-megapixel resolution and all run on Google’s Android KitKat 4.4 OS. Other options are available for 3G or LTE.
Some other specifications for Samsung’s new tablets are either Snapdragon’s 800 2.3GHz processor or Exynos 5’s Octa 1.3 or 1.9 GHz quad-core processors. Both 12.2-inch tablets have a storage capacity of 32GB/64GB and the 8.4 and 10.1-inch models include 16GB/32GB of storage space. All tablets include a microSD card slot for allowing the extra storage. USB 3.0 is included in both 12.2-inch tablet models and USB 2.0 is included for the two slightly smaller screen models.
Some attendees at the International CES show found that both the 12.2-inch TabPRO and the Galaxy NotePRO tablets were a bit heavy to hold for long periods of time. However, they did think that the device was sleek and well-designed with many liking the faux-leather rear cover of the tablets. The high-resolution big screens on the tablets were very impressive, but some experts don’t believe that Samsung is correct in saying that big screen tablets are the way of the future. Those experts think that people will be more attracted to a small screen tablet that offers more portability.
Attendees at the International CES were witness to Samsung Electronics’ newly implemented Magazine UX interface that is used in their larger screen tablets. This allows a user to organize their content on a variety of dashboards which delivers an ease of access to data and apps for the end-user.
The tablets offer a nice convenient choice of productivity tools like Multi Window which allows the user to split the tablet’s screen into four sections. Samsung has also offered a full-size Virtual Keyboard with haptic feedback and remote access to PC’s for file transfer and collaborative editing. To also offer the next level of online collaboration, the tablets are capable of using Cisco’s WebEx Meetings.
The larger TabPRO and NotePRO will be shipped with around $700 worth of prepaid services and long-term subscriptions to service and content providers like: LinkedIn, Hancom Office for Android, Evernote and Blurb.
At this week’s International CES, Samsung Electronics say they plan to have their newly launched big screen tablets available at retailers in Asia starting in the first quarter of 2014.
By Brent Matsalla