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Samsung is not letting us down with its CES announcements despite Mobile World Congress just over the horizon. The South Korean company has revealed the new larger 12.2-inch Galaxy NotePRO tablet and three sizes of the new Galaxy TabPRO – 12.2, 10.1, And 8.4-Inches. They all run the newest version of Android with Samsung's UX changes, and will come with a huge package of premium content and services too.

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The Galaxy NotePRO is essentially a larger version of the 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1. It has the S Pen stylus and Samsung's raft of UX features based around that tool. The software is Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung's TouchWiz and the new Magazine UX interface designed with tablets in mind. As far as hardware, it's going to be similar to the smaller Galaxy Note tablet. The 12.2, 10.1, And 8.4-Inch Galaxy TabPRO will have similar specs and software features, but no S Pen. Both families of tablets will come as WiFi-only or mobile data equipped.

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Here are the full specs from Samsung:

Galaxy NotePRO

  • Processor: WiFi and 3G: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore  + 1.3 GHz Quadcore); LTE : Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz Quad
  • Display: 12.2-inch WQXGA (2560 X 1600) Super clear LCD w/S Pen
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Camera: 8MP (rear) w/ LED, 2MP (front)
  • Storage: 32/64GB plus microSD
  • Dimension / Weight: 295.6 x 204 x 7.95mm, 750g (WiFi version), 753g (3G/LTE version)
  • Battery: 9500mAh
  • Network: LTE: 800/900/1800/2600+850/2100; 3G : HSPA+ 21 850/900/1900/2100
  • WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 and 5GHz

Galaxy TabPRO 12.2

  • Processor: WiFi and 3G: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore  + 1.3 GHz Quadcore); LTE : Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz Quad
  • Display: 12.2-inch WQXGA (2560 X 1600) Super clear LCD
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Camera: 8MP (rear) w/ LED, 2MP (front)
  • Storage: 32/64GB plus microSD
  • Dimension / Weight: 295.6 x 204 x 7.95mm; 732g (WiFi version), 740g (LTE version)
  • Battery: 9500mAh
  • Network: LTE: 800/900/1800/2600+850/2100; 3G : HSPA+ 21 850/900/1900/2100
  • WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 and 5GHz

Galaxy TabPRO 10.1

  • Processor: WiFi and 3G: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore  + 1.3 GHz Quadcore); LTE : Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz Quad
  • Display: 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560 X 1600) Super clear LCD
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 8MP (rear) w/ LED, 2MP (front)
  • Storage: 16/32GB plus microSD
  • Dimension / Weight: 243.1 x 171.4 x 7.3mm; 469g (WiFi version), 477g (LTE version)
  • Battery: 8220mAh
  • Network: LTE: 800/900/1800/2600+850/2100; 3G : HSPA+ 42.2 850/900/1900/2100
  • WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 and 5GHz

Galaxy TabPRO 8.4

  • Processor: WiFi and 3G: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore  + 1.3 GHz Quadcore); LTE : Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz Quad
  • Display: 8.4-inch WQXGA (2560 X 1600) Super clear LCD
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 8MP (rear) w/ LED, 2MP (front)
  • Storage: 16/32GB plus microSD
  • Dimension / Weight: 128.5 x 219 x 7.2mm; 331g (WiFi version), 336g (3G/LTE version)
  • Battery: 4800mAh
  • Network: LTE: CAT4 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600; HSPA+ 42Mbps 850/900/1900/2100, HSUPA 5.76Mbps; 3G: HSPA+ 42Mbps 850/900/1900/2100 , HSUPA 5.76Mbps
  • WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 and 5GHz

So clearly these are meant to be positioned at the top of Samsung's product offerings from a hardware perspective. The Tab 3 line was certainly a more budget-oriented offering by comparison. The screens are all 2560x1600, even the smaller 8.4-inch tab (that should look great). Samsung is also ditching the physical menu button, replacing it with a multitasking button. Still, the physical buttons on tablets aren't going away.

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All these tablets will come with Samsung's gift package (supposedly worth upwards of $700), which consists of the following stuff:

  • Bitcasa: 1TB storage for 3 months
  • Bloomberg Businessweek: Free Subscription: 12 Months
  • BlurbFree Coupon
  • Cisco WebEx Meetings: 6 month free subscription and unlimited meetings
  • Dropbox: Free 50 GB for 2 years (100GB for $99/year)
  • EasilyDo Pro: Free app purchase
  • Evernote: 3-12 month free subscription (dependent on country)
  • Hancom Office: Free Subscription
  • LinkedIn: 3 months of LinkedIn Premium Membership
  • LIVESPORT.TV: 6 month free subscription
  • NY Times: Free Subscription: 12 weeks
  • Oxford Advanced Learner’s A-Z: Free app purchase
  • Remote PC: 2 year free subscription
  • Sketchbook Pro: Free app purchase

The devices are expected to be available at retail soon, but there is no official pricing information available.

[Samsung Tomorrow]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • Naga Sridhar

    This new UI is finally something nice from Samsung. Has adopted lot of features from somewhere else as usual but something clean than before.

    • mustbepbs

      Huh? It looks terrible!

      • Naga Sridhar

        I prefer this over the current touch wiz UI.

  • MC

    Is Samsung finally getting rid of the menu button? Note 3 still has it if I remember correctly.

    • epicmau5time

      Yes it does

    • Tuấn Ankh

      This is because the new UI cannot make use of one single menu button. There are more than one Menu buttons on the home screen now.
      I believe Samsung now adds the multitask button on the side because there needs to be 3 buttons to create a balance, and the multitasking button is the only option now.

      • evertjr

        I guess it's because kitkat forces the overflow menu no matter if there's a actual menu button, so would be pointless keeping it.

  • REP

    So after 1 yr, it stills sport the same processor and RAMS and screen resolution. So basically all they did is expand the screen size and called it a "PRO" lol. Ridiculous! Why can't they add more RAMs...i heard it's a bit sluggy when more apps are open.

    • Justin Swanson

      What do you mean? They all have upgraded 2013 processors. It's an upgrade Octa or the S800.

    • NeedsMoarRams

      Better?

    • Wazzifer

      October is not a year ago. Loser.

    • taz89

      Lol 1 year really.. It's been barely 3 months.

  • Justin Swanson

    Only difference between NotePro and TabPro is S-Pen? Wonder how that impacts price.

    • flastic

      And with the S-Pen comes the Wacom digitizer which certainly costs a dollar or two

  • yihtang

    I wonder when Samsung will eventually get rid of the physical buttons (I still owns the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and it looks so good with the physical buttons)

    • Tuấn Ankh

      Nope. Samsung found the physical buttons more attractive, I believe. The tab 1 and tab 2 both got on-screen buttons. Samsung went back to physical buttons on the Tab 3 family, and now on these.
      By the way, you mean the Tab 10.1 looks so good with the on-screen buttons?

      • yihtang

        I mean without. what a silly typo... original comment edited.

  • PuzzledObserver

    If any of you know well the Galaxy Note tablet, do you think that the S-Pen is a feature that you cannot live without? Thanks for any info.

    • Silverd77

      I had the original note 10.1 n sold it for the new model... I like the s-pen for certain things, but if it was gone I could definitely deal without it... Wouldn't even know most of the time... ;-)

  • Matthew Fry

    $700 my ass.

  • Phillip DeVore

    So the pictures of the Tab Pro 8.4 look like they have an earphone for telephone functionality much the same as the international Note 8.0 currently does. Can anyone confirm or disprove this?

  • Roh_Mish

    Tab 2 is so better than tab 3 due to the onscreen buttons

  • Mado

    The magazine UX sure looks a lot like that Chameleon Launcher.

  • flflflf

    I bought the first version of the note 10.1 less than a year ago. It is still on 4.1.2. No updates to a new android. Instead Samsung releases new hardware. If you want an update, go buy the newest tablet. Or you have to root it and install AOPK, CM or so.
    Now Samsung has Knox.... Do I need to say more?
    I am waiting for other manifactures to release a stylus tablet. Fed up with Sami no end

    • http://www.romke.info/ Roman

      I got CM on my N8000 for about year now.
      Waiting for next Tegra Note with LTE modem.

  • Funem

    MIcro SD storage is still a big plus for these type of device as the need for HQ media will make it a must have. Still hate it that its not included in some Android devices, cheap expandable storage is a big sales plus over Apple products that cant be ignored.

  • fonix232

    Finally a worthy successor of the decade-old tablet PCs. Over 12" (rests nicely on your lower arm), with a stylus, and good performing hardware, paired with a good battery. I remember when the 3500mAh battery of the Transformer TF101 was spectacularly good for a tablet, this baby has almost triple the juice. Not saying that I'm going to buy one (unless HTC, Asus or someone else with a slight sense of quality materials makes such a tablet), but it is definitely needed on some markets.

  • james kendall

    that new ui looks ugly as sin like they copied winblows metro. Touchwiz is not that bad i love it but this looks ugly.