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Today, famed leaker Evleaks has given the world a sneak-peek at four new Samsung tablets ahead of the company's proper CES announcement. The tablets in question are part of a new "Pro" line being launched as additions to the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab brands. There will be a Galaxy Note Pro 12.2" model along with three new Galaxy Tab Pro variants, available in 12.2", 10.1", and 8.4" form factors.

Upon close examination of the press renderings, it also appears that Samsung has finally ditched the menu key in favor of a multitasking button. This makes sense considering Google's change to KitKat which made the overflow button show up regardless of whether the device had a menu key. This will probably make a lot of people very happy. If you were hoping for a complete abandonment of capacitive buttons, though, you're out of luck for now. Another interesting visual point to note is that the tablets all appear to have the same plastic textured faux-leather backing that debuted on the Galaxy Note 3.

galaxy_note_pro_12.2

Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

  • Quad-core Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz processor for LTE variants
  • Octa-core Exynos 5 processor (1.9 GHz x 4 + 1.3 GHz x 4) for WiFi-only and 3G variants
  • S-pen functionality
  • Super Clear LCD display at WQXGA 2560x1600 resolution
  • 8 MP rear camera
  • 2 MP front camera
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • Android 4.4/KitKat
  • 9,500 mAh battery
  • 32GB and 64GB storage options.

galaxy_tab_pro_12.2

Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2

  • Quad-core Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz processor for LTE variants
  • Octa-core Exynos 5 processor (1.9 GHz x 4 + 1.3 GHz x 4) for WiFi-only and 3G variants.
  • Super Clear LCD display at WQXGA 2560x1600 resolution.
  • 8 MP rear camera
  • 2 MP front camera
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • Android 4.4/KitKat
  • 9,500 mAh battery
  • 32GB and 64GB storage options.

galaxy_tab_pro_10.1

Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1

  • Quad-core Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz processor for LTE variants
  • Octa-core Exynos 5 processor (1.9 GHz x 4 + 1.3 GHz x 4) for WiFi-only and 3G variants.
  • Super Clear LCD display at WQXGA 2560x1600 resolution.
  • 8 MP rear camera
  • 2 MP front camera
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • Android 4.4/KitKat
  • 8,220 mAh battery
  • 16GB and 32GB storage options.

galaxy_tab_pro_8.4

Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

  • Quad-core Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz processor
  • Super Clear LCD display at WQXGA 2560x1600 resolution.
  • 8 MP rear camera
  • 2 MP front camera
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • Android 4.4/KitKat
  • 4,800 mAh battery
  • 16GB and 32GB storage options.

To further prime us for the official announcement, Samsung also had the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 page live on its website briefly before taking it down. Pricing and availability may be provided during Samsung's official announcement at their CES press conference at 2pm PST today.

Source: Evleaks, GSMArena

Shawn De Cesari
Shawn is a web developer by day and XDA's resident archivist for Nexus and Google Play Edition device OTA updates by night. When not immersing himself in code or Android, he can be found hunting down antique signs, taking road trips, listening to music, or playing video games. His daily drivers are a Nexus 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus.
  • Mathias Kenting

    Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, my body is ready!

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      A solid contender for top tablet in the 8" category. I'd want one with more RAM, though, and no buttons.

  • Marcell Lévai

    Typo: 2 MP front camera ;)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      Yikes! Fixed. Thanks!

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Inb4theannoyingcomplaintsabouthardwarebuttons

    • MotoXYZ

      Well at least they're using the multitasking icon instead of the menu button.

      • Tuấn Ankh

        Probably because of the new UI from Samsung. If it kept the same old Touchwiz, Sammy would go with the menu button again. Now there are too many Menu on the Home Screen; one button can't cut it anymore.

      • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

        NOOOOO... Now it's like the HTC One. Manufactures if you are going to have hardware buttons have a menu button. If you don't want a menu button use the on-screen buttons.

        Why you may ask.... Now when you use any older apps on these devices you will be presented with a awkward bar on the bottom of your screen with a single button for menu. Not ideal.

        • Laurence

          Just uninstall those older apps and finder better ones.

          Seriously, if they haven't updated to the new Android UI more than two years after ICS was announced, they deserve it.

          Plus, Samsung is the biggest Android OEM, so if they switch to a hardware design that starts punishing badly-designed apps that still use the legacy menu button, it will give those developers a strong incentive to adopt the new UI.

          • Cj

            Agreed, they shouldn't be making decisions to facilitate outdated app UI's
            Developers need to update their apps as Android design principles change. It's understandable if it's a recent change but that's not the case here.

  • Stacey Liu

    Is that a new version of TouchWiz? It actually looks kind of decent.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      To me, it almost looks like WIndows. Or should I say Wizdows?

    • Jooyoung Hong

      they may have come up with a new UI for the 12 inch screen.
      looks like a bunch of widgets

    • Steven Code

      Or....a hybrid!!!

  • Youri

    looks like Samsung is transitioning touchwiz into a flipboard style launcher

    • Matthew Merrick

      oh just jay what we're all thinking: blinkfeed ripoff
      this is why i love android - nova launcher for everyone!

      • taz89

        Well blink feed is a flip board rip off so technically it's a flip board rip off.. But yh nova it is lol I need my icon packs.

  • MSmith79

    Thank god they're bringing in the recent apps button. Now if they'd only get rid of the physical home button...

  • Strax

    So they are basically the same tablet, except with different screen sizes.

    The Note pro 12" and the tab pro 12" are the same except the note has the pen and will probably cost $100 more, i can't see that going very well for samsung

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      Yeah, the only real difference I could find between the Note Pro 12.2 and the Tab Pro 12.2 was the S-Pen. According to the leaked specs, they're exactly the same otherwise.

      • Himmat Singh

        I don't see what the issue is though? Those who want the pen will get the Note Pro (which will have enhanced software just for that).

      • Dominique

        The s-pen has some really useful functionality then just a stylus, and I really like it on my Note 3. It's unlikely I'll get the tablet. If I didn't have the phone, the 8" would be really tempting though.

    • guest

      wacom digitizer on any G Note devices from Note 2 are pretty expensive. They are almost a professional grade wacom digitizers. i'm not kidding.

  • yodatom10

    I want my nexus 10 :D

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      You'll probably be waiting a while. Don't be shocked if we don't see a refreshed Nexus 10 until summer.

      • yodatom10

        I know :)

        • Quinton

          I'd be kind of tempted to buy one of these as a Google Play Edition device though . . . the G-Pad is tempting, but I was really hoping for a 10 inch device.

      • Quinton

        The new baseless rumors suggest that the Pro 10.1 is also going to be utilized for the Nexus 10, and that Samsung will announce it at CES.

        Personally, I think that's a load of crap, but hey, I'd be real happy if it happened.

  • Nick

    I hope that the Galaxy Note 3 12.2 gets notifications from your phone or uses a bluetooth headset.

  • AOSPrevails

    The Tab Pro 8.4 looks really appealing.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      As long as the price is right.

  • Lirodon

    *jaw drops*

    FINALLY.

  • Nathan

    More plastic leather.

    • Dominique

      I prefer it to real leather which requires pretty decent upkeep. Can you imagine real leather on a phone or tablet, constantly absorbing the oils from your fingers? I don't care for the fake stitching though, and in the end I'm putting a case on it anyhow so it doesn't really matter.

      • Nathan

        I'd rather have no leather. Real or not.

        • EH101

          I'd go for the plastic leather over the slippery non-textured plastic in my Note 2 (don't care for the stitching, though). But if it had that soft-touch plastic from the Nexus lines, I'd be all over it.

          • Roh_Mish

            Nexus 5 back is crap. I prefer nexus 4 design (with back glass replaced with plastic)

          • EH101

            Haven't felt the N5 back, honestly, but the soft touch on the N7s is awesome.

  • Jooyoung Hong

    Hey Shawn,

    wasn't there a Kitkat & up requirement of making status bar icons white?
    That battery icon is still green

    Or am i making things up?

  • Himmat Singh

    GT Pro 12.2 looks interesting. Really good specs. If it's $500 for the base version...might be good!

    • EH101

      That's a mighty big "if" for a Samsung tablet, especially for something that seems top-of-the-line.

  • miri

    I'd really like to see a stylus enabled tablet with a Nav bar. Before Kitkat, one could argue that it would waste space, but with Immersive mode you get the whole screen, the controls rotate with the device and they're secured from accidental presses.

  • RootzAndroid

    So where's the speakers located? I don't see them on any of these pictures

    • Matthew Merrick

      Probably on the edge of the device, like the 2014 note 10

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Whhooaa, wait, so Samsung will be the first company to roll out a 12" tablet and open a whole new market?
    BEFORE Apple does?

    This is a historic day, people

    • miri

      And they used the "Pro" branding ahead of Apple's rumored iPad Pro. Game on :P

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Checkmate, Cupertino!

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Are my eyes deceiving me, or is that Galaxy Tab does not have specs that suck as usual?

    • Matthew Merrick

      it is NOT the traditional Tab line, it is the new Tab Pro line, which will be maintained separate from the Tab/Tab Lite lines

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  • Narciso

    They look really beautifull and powerfull

  • Narciso

    This is the "new touchwiz for KitKat"? that looks like Windows, but it's even prettier!

    • Himmat Singh

      It does. W8/WP8, while unique, is pretty bland.

      • EH101

        The number 1 reason I won't even try WP8. Much too boring. I use Windows 8.1 and I like it, but I rarely use the start screen. Having a wall of tiles is just as boring as having a wall of icons to me.

    • taz89

      I would say it looks more like flip board than windows.

  • Matthew Merrick

    The physical buttons SUCK but at least they got rid of the menu button. I'd consider one of these, but I did not buy a note 2014 specifically because of that awful button.

  • duse

    They HAD to ditch the menu key to make multi-window/side-by-side apps tenable. I couldn't believe they ever introduced multi-window while still having a hardware Menu key, when you press it you have no idea which app it's going to open the menu for and have to swap apps or tap the app you want before pressing it. What awful design, not to mention the bad design it is even in normal circumstances. I'm happy to see they swapped it for multi-tasking, but the problem with having hardware buttons at all is illustrated with the image of the Tab 8.4....if you want to use it in landscape mode, tough, you have to press buttons on the side. This is why Google moved to software keys in Honeycomb, and OEMs still haven't figured it out. If Samsung refuses to use the navigation bar, then they need to implement edge gestures a la webOS, which would work fine...the hardware buttons don't belong on a tablet.

  • whispy_snippet

    Why have the back button on the right just for the sake of it? It offers no improvement to user experience but simply perpetuates inconsistency and fragmentation in the Android ecosystem.

    At least Samsung has finally seen the light and introduced the multitask button.

  • horse cum

    nexus 8 tablet :) Google show them who boss

  • Marcis Buhholcs

    Is it HTC Se.. erm Samsung Sense or Windows Phone? I can't tell from OS design. But it is not an Android.

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