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As you may well know by now, Samsung launched a whole bunch o' tablets at CES this week, and by a bunch, I mean 4. The new Tab Pro 8.5, 10.1, and 12.2, and the new Note Pro 12.2. Four tablets, three sizes, two processors (Exynos 5 Octa or Snapdragon 800), and one screen resolution (2560x1600).

These are the first high-end tablets Samsung has produced for a couple of years (aside from the Nexus 10, of course), and it seems like after two budget-minded generations of Galaxy Tabs, they're finally ready to give the more expensive end of the market a try again. Apple is directly in Samsung's crosshairs with the Tab Pro 8.5 and 10.1, which will compete with the iPad mini and iPad Air, respectively. By offering LTE as an option on all of these new devices, Samsung is also probably looking to step up its 4G tablet presence here in the US, an area Apple rather unabashedly dominates at the moment, small as it may be.

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But with an even more heavily-skinned stock UI, which Samsung is calling Magazine UX, Samsung is probably doing more to alienate the enthusiast crowd (read: people like us) than it is to win its affection. That said, the iPad is a decidedly mainstream device, and Samsung is a decidedly mainstream sort of company - it markets to as an audience as humanly possible.

So, I'm curious, have the new Tab Pros and the new Note Pro piqued your interest? Or are they just more faux leather stitching you'd rather not have in your life? Vote in the poll below and let your thoughts be heard in the comments section.

Are you interested in buying any of the new Tab Pro or Note Pro tablets?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • i lost

    Hmm I just hope they do not lag as much as the Note 10.1 2014 edition did - which seriously lagged a lot. Even swiping on the home screen it lagged.. all the time

    • Alan Radtke

      I have the note 10.1 2014 edition and mine doesn't lag at all. I use it heavily for researching, reading journals, and writing papers for my masters degree as well as for entertainment. I haven't experienced any of this lagging you're talking about (but I did turn off the s voice home screen button option).

      • i lost

        Hmm it could be I used defect one, and then again different people sees "laggyness" in different way.

      • Himmat Singh

        Nah, it's just that you have a different definition of "lag". Some see it more profusely than others. If you have been an iOS user (or even the Google Nexus line user) all this while, the lag will be evident. If you're coming from a previous, older Samsung or HTC product, you will actually feel there's no lag.

    • Stocklone

      The updates have helped quite a bit. Not perfect but it's not like launch anymore.

    • Matthew Merrick

      I saw ZERO lag on these when I was using them at CES

    • Wazzifer

      I feel you. I returned two of those due to the lab and loose speaker grill. Don't believe whoever tell you they do not lag.

    • Mister-H

      Rubbish Cpu is the S800

  • Stuart Pollock

    Is it not the tab 8.4?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

      I bet not even Samsung knows what they're called exactly.
      All those numbers are simply too confusing.

      • hot_spare

        If this looks confusing to you, I blame your education system.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

          It doesn't look confusing to me.
          It looks confusing to 90% of consumers who walk into a store looking for a tablet. They don't know 8.4 or 10.1 is about screen size. They don't even know 8" is a size that makes a tablet able to be held in one hand, whereas 10" doesn't. If these 90% of consumers were asked whether they would prefer the Tab 8.4, Tab 10.1 or Note 12.2 they wouldn't even know what those tablets are exactly.
          Wait, did I say Tab 8.4? I think I meant TabPro 8.4 but I'm not too sure either. Or did I mean the TabPro 8.5..?

          • TheUndertaker21

            well actually it does NOT confuse most users, and please don't speak by the name of other users. Samsung is making the best tablets, and these products are prove that Samsung is going into Tablet market in a very strong way starting from note 10.1 2014 edition.

  • Gabernasher

    I don't think I will ever buy an Android based Samsung product, they make excellent TVs and all, but they butcher Android too much for my tastes.

    • simp1istic

      I owned: Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, Google IO Tab 10.1, and the Nexus 10. I will not buy a single other samsung again (except maybe a nexus device.) 1. I'm so totally sick of touchwiz and their terrible S-Software. 2.) They are a company with TERRIBLE ethics.

      • hot_spare

        A guy who hates Samsung, yet keeps buying their devices every year. Sounds very logical to me.
        Better try some other story next time..

        • squiddy20

          Maybe he just changed his mind recently. Guess you didn't think of that one, smart guy.

          • paxmos

            Maybe, just maybe Samsung looked so much like appole, he got confused and bought them thinking he was getting appole

          • hot_spare

            In that case, I haven't seen a bigger idiot in my life.

        • simp1istic

          Haven't bought one since the S4 (that I traded for). I like to try new technology and devices. I sell them when I'm done. At least I've used the stuff I complain about. I do so love to go lie on the internet though.

      • http://www.AndroidKurd.com/ Rawand Haider

        I bet you don't know how to use android

        • squiddy20

          And how, pray tell, does one "use Android"? The way I use it may be completely different from the way you use it, or the way millions of others use it.

      • Mister-H

        Software is fine, blame the rubbish outdated Cpu that they use, ,, Snapdragon. does not have the power to push Touchwiz. Try using an A15, or iNtel i3, it would blaze through anything u throw at it.

        What a illiterate guy, blames Touchwiz instead off blaming the weak Cpu Samsung is using.

        Weirdo. try using an i3, i5, and and i7 Laptop and see the diffrence. Having the same apps and opening 3more apps and multitasking and browsing on a i7 will be a breze, while the i3 will lagg and stutter..

        • squiddy20

          Did you really just suggest comparing the the processing power of a laptop with that of a smartphone?

        • Gabernasher

          Uhh, my Nexus 5 is blazing fast with it's SD800, as was my N4 with a S4Pro. I'm sure TW would run flawlessly with an i7 as well, but it'd eat the battery in no time at all.

          • Mister-H

            On top of your nexus try having all the touchwiz feautres on, it will laaaaag, no longer it will be smooth but stuttering.. nexus are plain vanilla Os.

          • Gabernasher

            "Software is fine, blame the rubbish outdated Cpu that they use"
            Your argument is the CPU is the problem, I say the problem is shitty software, let's agree to disagree as my Nexus 5 can push full HD games with no issue, yet your S4 can't manage a lag free homescreen with a widget or two.

        • Leonardo Farage Freitas

          I guess he should blame Samsung altogether.. it made the wrong decisions on CPU and Framework :P

    • Roger Siegenthaler

      All a matter of taste, I actually prefer the TouchWiz design ideas if it wasn't so bloated, slow and old-style graphics :P.

      • Mister-H

        Again talking nonsense and bogus.
        I have a S4 S800 Korean version and my brother has the S4 S600 version. Having turning all the feautres on on the toggle menu, the S800 still lags and finds it to hard to push and keep up to it. The S600 is even worser... I am using AOKP ASOP ROM and Kernels. I have Rooted and installed SetCpu to raise the Cpu to a max 2.6Ghz and changed the govenor: the Cpu to performance mode, normally manufacutres lock it "onDemand", and i also raised Cpu voltage and Cpu threshold and voltage settings. Though i have seen the battery die 25% earlier than standard, the device is know absolutely "Lag free" not a single sign of lag. Every feautres and livewallpapers, 2 Gmail acounts, viber, tango, 9 widgets, Facebook, and 15 more apps are running with no lags. So blame the fkn Oems not providing with the right feautres, but standard jnk crp settings... ™

  • Smiley Smith

    Depends on price, but I like the larger sizes and specs.

    • Matthew Kelly

      I have had the Samsung note 10.1 2014, but took it back prior to the announcement. I loved that tablet and I'm having withdrawals but it's worth it to me to wait for the note 12.2. plus the fact that Logitech will make a keyboard folio for it is AWESOME. My wife the same one for her ipad and I was always jealous that they make nothing for Sammy tablets. Looking forward to the release.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    I'm glad Samsung finally understands how to upgrade their tablets specs wise.
    For three generations the Tab lineup used to only really differ on the outside, the looks.

    Samsung's really making a step forward in the right direction, if you ask me. I haven't always liked Samsung much, but now I can see myself getting a Samsung phone or tablet again.

  • TY

    Personally I don't find tablets useful...so no.
    iOS and Android tablets are not that different from smartphones with a very large screen. Yes, the UI is slightly different, but their functions overlap too much.
    Many people will find that useful but I don't need such a large screen. A smartphone with 4.5" display is already big enough for me.

    On the other hand, even if I like tablets, I believe I would prefer Nexus 7/Tegra Note 7/Surface Pro 2/Transformer Book Duet over these, mostly due to software support, function, and price.

  • jamaall

    I'm finding the nexus 7 to be a bit small considering that I now have a 5" phone, and phones are getting bigger. So I would consider the tab 8.4 or 10.1, but we'll see how they price it. I'm probably going to end up waiting for a new nexus whenever that comes out.

  • jak_341

    I voted 12.2. However, I bought the 10.1 2014 Edition not too long ago. I love it. It is fast, good form factor, and I use the S-Pen for input for most things.

    • jacob

      any idea when we'll be getting the new ui on the 10.1 2014 edition?

      • jak_341

        Random Internet rumors say March-April time frame.

  • Ray Sunghwa Woo

    Did LG announce any new tablets?

    I know they announced a Windows laptop with small bezel on the screen. LG Ultra Gram. I'm more interested in the Asus Duet or that LG Gram style tablet.

  • hurazi

    No, no, knoxed out

  • Peanut

    I would really love a Google Play Edition of the 8.4.

    • Gabernasher

      Why not the G Pad, at least it uses soft keys the way Android is meant to, though I guess the resolution is pretty excellent.

      • Peanut

        I actually tried the G Pad GPE for a week. The battery was terrible compared to Nexus 7 2013. Speakers were pretty much useless and the screen brightness was lacking a bit (I had to keep it around 75-80% minimum at all times). I really wanted to like the tablet, trust me. There were just so many trade-offs just for the great screen size and microSD slot (didn't care for it THAT much).

        • Gabernasher

          Can't say I've played with any of the recent tablets but good reasoning. Not sure why you're getting them downvotes.

          • Peanut

            I couldn't care less about the votes as this is just a guest account. Maybe I wasn't detailed enough on the reasoning. But anyway, compared to the same setup and usage on my Nexus 7 2013, I would have to recharge the GPad GPE within 4hrs screen time just browsing feedly, reddit sync, instagram, and Chromecasting Youtube and Netflix. On the Nexus 7, I'm going on the 5th hour of screen time at 35% after 3days with an hour of that being games. It's nearly double or more of the GPad. I've tried factory resets, not installing any apps, but it was consistently below par (and people on XDA agree that the battery life of the GPad, both GPE and stock LG, isn't great. For a tablet to get worse battery life than my phone (Nexus 5 on stock ROM) was really disappointing, especially as a WiFi-only device. The screen size (not quality) and build quality was pretty much all the GPad offered me after my test; but there were so many compromises that it wasn't practical with the $130 premium.

          • EH101

            tl;dr The (stock, non-GPE) GPad 8.3 is better than the 2013 N7 in every way, except for battery life.

            He's probably getting down votes because he's being sensational. The only thing factual there is the battery life thing. Having had 3 N7 2013s and 2 regular Gpads, I can tell you the battery life leaves some to be desired, but I only find myself recharging it once every two days or so. I find this adequate but I can see how a heavy user would have issues.

            As for the speakers. They work just fine. Easily as good as the ones on my N7s but perhaps slightly more on the tinny side of things. However, I will note that when I try AOSP ROMs the volume drops to maybe 70% or so of stock across the board. So far our ROM devs haven't quite figured it out and I wonder if the same applies to the GPE Gpad, though that is unlikely.

            As for the screen brightness, I leave mine set to 50% and then with auto brightness turned on. Auto brightness on the tablet works similar to how it works on CM. You can set its base value and it adjusts up or down from there. Obviously it wouldn't work that way on the GPE version, but even without auto brightness checked 75-80 brightness is simply absurd. That is much too bright for indoor settings and more than enough to strain/hurt my eyes when it's dark.

            Even so, I'd take these tradeoffs over the N7's trade offs any day. For instance, the multi-touch bug on the N7 was(still is?) terrible. All 3 of my N7s experienced it and the last 2 were updated to JSS15Q (or something like that), which was supposed to fix the bug, and the update didn't improve things at all. I only know one person these days who still has one, so admittedly I don't have much information to go off of, but he claims the multi-touch bug is still therethere with 4.4. The bug itself essentially rendered any multi touch app useless. Mostly this applied to games but it also applied to pinch to zoom applications.

            Furthermore, each N7 also experience extreme backlight bleed to the point where the black notification bar came across as a dark gray. That's pretty bad. Build quality left some to be desired across all the N7s. They each had loose buttons, which I could live with, but my first one had a terribly recessed power button. I had to dig my fingernail into the tablet to get it to register a click.

            For me, the size of the N7 is just below par. This is probably because I both own and use a Galaxy Note 2 as my primary device, and went from a TF101 to the N7. I liked the device overall, but it was simply too small. That plus the aforementioned bugbug and build quality issues made me more than willing to return them and wait for something better. Size-wise, 8.3 inches is perfect for me. (preemptive that's what she said) Still portable, but enough of a difference from my 5.5 inch phone to make it worthwhile.

    • Mister-H

      I would love the Exynos5420 Quadcore clocked at 2.5Ghz and with 4Gb RAM. Snapdragon is to slow S800. It will struggle to push all off it's feautres

      Fk sake 2014 not 2012,, A9 is outdated. Why would anyone use iNtel i3, when the i5 preforms much better.

      Samsung you are a joke, relying on S800, when your Cpus are much better. Yes Lte chip will cost Samsung another $20 so instead went for the C®apdragon...

      Exynos™ Ftw

    • TheUndertaker21

      man! that wouuld be super awesome if they can make it

  • ins0mn1a

    so many shortcomings: the fake leather, the stiching, the UX, the physical buttons, absence of a docking port, lack of t-mobile bands... but there is no one else making large tablets with a pen, not to mention lte. in other words, i can see the future: lots of time spent at xda-developers trying to hack away the touchwiz junk from my new note 12.2 (though disabling those physical buttons might be an even more urgent endeavor). sometimes i think i am too old for this, but i really want a large tablet with a pen, and i really don't like windows.

    • Stocklone

      What? You mean like how I had to hack the crap out of the Note 10.1 2014 so I could make it usable? Root, a couple third party apps and Wanam Xposed and you should have pure awesomeness.

      • ins0mn1a

        that's what i am hoping for, more or less ;).

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

      You really don't like Windows, but it sounds like you don't seem to enjoy Samsung's skin on Android either. What do you use the stylus for, actually?

      If I had to choose between a Note 12.2 and a Surface Pro (which I assume you meant when mentioning Windows), I'd much rather pick the Surface tablet. Simply because it's much more than just a Note taking device, which I consider the Note lineup to be. I'm not saying the Tab 12.2 isn't a good device, it just seems much less capable overall than a device like the Surface Pro. Then again, if you're looking for an entertainment device or rather simply a cheap device, I do prefer Android.

      • ins0mn1a

        the stylus is for note taking, and i mean serious notes in the course of scientific research, but i don't need sophisticated drawing tools. i agree that the surface pro is in principle more powerful, but it doesn't serve my needs (for serious work i need linux, the rest can be done on android), and it's worse in terms of weight and battery life.

    • Matthew Merrick

      Actually the fake leather doesn’t feel like leather at all, it just feels like a nice texture on matte polycarbonate, which is a massive improvement over Samsung's standard glossy plastic. And you really can't even feel the "stitching"

    • Barrett Jasper

      As stated its actually got a nice feel. Its rugged and grip oy and a HUGE improvement over the cheap plastic they used to use.

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    Nope, my experience with Galaxy S2 taught me that only Nexus line is for me.

    • Rick Perez

      Nexus FTW. /)

      ... Something about these tablets look... Familiar. *cough* Windows *cough*

      • hot_spare

        I am wondering which is more popular:

        1] Year of Linux desktop
        or
        2] Nexus hype.

        • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

          How is that hype, I'm not bashing Samsung products, I'm just saying personally I like Nexus more. And also I prefer Windows over Linux. Dunno what are you talking about.

        • Rick Perez

          .... FYI I'm no fanboy. I Love the HTC One and its sense UX and even the galaxy note 3 with its somewhat colorful Software. LG makes and awesome G Pad tablet and regardless of Samsung's new software direction I'm still considering the Tab Pro 8.4 as one of my future purchases.

    • Mister-H

      And enjoy having no feautres... Plain and simple.

      Funny how and a exzample. A Bmw 750 which is fully loadef with a V12 engine and a 5.0 litre engine finds no absolute jerkyness nor finds it hard to pusg thst extra heavy car, and there you have a S2 with a crap Cpu that Samsung relies on A9 cortex, which is a very weak Cpu. The chip industrie is way behind by not providing powerfull Cpus. And there you have the car company and Pcs, Laptop with powerfull Cpu and Gpus.. ironic™

  • wekebu

    I've been waiting since last July for the Nexus 10.2. I can't put if off any longer...so, yes, I'm interested in one of these. I have the Note 2 and have come to respect Samsung's build. These new tablets look very interesting.

    • Nick

      Agreed. Google hasn't shown any interest in refreshing the N10. With Samsung putting LTE in all of these it makes for a very interesting market.

    • Matthew Fry

      The original is finally actually stable. I might get a new Nexus 10 if one ever surfaces but I will be waiting and watching the product forums for the kind of shit Google pulled on us the first time. Fool me once...

  • mauric

    Well, the high-end Android tablets have finally arrived, which is a good thing in my opinion. If i wanted to buy a tablet at this moment I woud probably get one of these ( since there are no android alternatives)

  • mehim

    I am holding out for Sony. But if their new tablet doesn't have a stylus it's the note pro for me :-

  • Geovani

    I really hope the galaxy note 3 gets the same software update as these tablets.

  • hot_spare

    No. Not point spending more money on Android tabs. Already suffering from paying for a N7. No further android tablets for me atleast in next 2 years. Will take time to get over the shock.

  • justafew

    Have the Note 8 LTE since last May and still stuck on the original version of 4.1.2. Samsung has forgotten to update their previous top tablet, so why would I buy another? I went with the LG G Pad Google Edition. Not as great in specs, but at least I know I get timely updates, not to mention getting any update at all.

    • Matthew Merrick

      You must have the AT&T version then, because all the other versions got 4.2 a while ago

      • TylerChappell

        Well there's still no excuse as to why the original GalaxyTab 10.1 never at least got Jelly Bean 4.1. Total abandonment. The only way Samsung can sell its craptastic, bastardized, abandoned products is because they've got the money to flood the market with a million variations of them.

        • Matthew Merrick

          Agreed, it should have gotten 4.1, but almost none of the tegra 2 honeycomb tablets got it, so it's not exactly surprising

        • JayEvans

          Tega 2 doesn't support the NEON instruction set. No NEON, no Google approved 4.1. Blame Nvidia for that.

          Sure there was a CM 4.1 but as most CM secondary devices it's a cobbled together Frankenstein that would never pass Google requirements.

          • TylerChappell

            Thanks for that info, makes me happy I'm an AMD fanboy anyway. XD

  • JPB

    Kinda sick of Samsung bloat. These look pretty but I don't like all this one-off stuff. I prefer that my devices work together. I'm finding that's easier to do if I stick pretty closely to Google apps and pretty pure Android / ChromeOS.

    • Matthew Merrick

      If you dislike Samsung bloat you'll hate these - furthest removed from Android version of touchwiz yet. It took me a good 10 minutes to figure out the basic functions - more than enough time for your average tech-illererate consumer to just ragequit. I have a feeling they would be a lot better with Nova installed, but even stuff like the notification bar (that auto hides itself way too much) is very different from how Android or touchwiz normally work.

      Not to say that's a bad thing for everyone, but these are not built with the average consumer in mind.

  • TopXKiller

    Gonna get flamed for this but I am looking at Win8 tablets like the T100

    • Chandan Gupta

      Me too.. Waiting for a decently priced haswell win 8.1 pro tab or hybrid in India.. T100 is nice.

    • Forward Thinking

      You're not alone, I'll take full Windows 8 tablet any day, preferably one with wacom digitizer, like recent Asus Note 8. Full Windows tablet is more productive than any ARM-based tablet out there.

      Don't forget with Win8 tablet you can run Eclipse and create Android apps :)
      I'm sure none of Android tablet out there can run Android SDK..

  • Godspoken

    Probably not, but I'm very happy they're pushing larger Android tablets like the Pro 12.2.

  • jeddo45

    Too bad all of these tablets will only be updated once..... Really late... Nope doesn't interest me!

    • Mkvarner

      What is your source for that? Samsung is one of the best manufacturers when it comes to updates on phones and these new tablets are most likely a sign of that they are improving.

      Sent from my Nexus 5.

      • IDidNtSeeThisComin

        What the source is? Experience probably. I am afraid my Note 10.1 will never see any Android higher than the original 4.1.2. Instead of updating it they develop new tablets. This is extremely dissapointing. I am not inclined to continue buying Samsung.

  • Humberto Hernandez

    No, because EXYNOS (flashers will know why)
    And, because the really high price the Note 12 will sure have...

    • Matthew Merrick

      Well, the cellular versions will have snapdragon 800,if you're interested in those.

      • Wazzifer

        Yeah but those are not as available in the US as the Wifi versions.

      • Humberto Hernandez

        I dont see the need of having a 3G o whatever on a tablet, i use the hotspot of the phone. I dont see smart paying more (of the already high price) for a feature i wont use just for the snapdragon...

        This tablet is not for me, i'd like it were.

    • Himmat Singh

      What's wrong with Exynos? I might get this...(and might flash too)

      • Humberto Hernandez

        Im not developer, but it's about the source codes, and drivers from exynos that samsung won't release, so, the custom roms may have bugs that wont be solved, the overall system speed wont be that good, updates will take more time...
        Trust me, i have a Galaxy S II i9100 (it uses Exynos) and the lastest CM rom it has is a RC, not even stable 10.1. The i9100g (the SII variant with NO exynos) has stable 10.2 and already has CM 11 nightlies.

        If you like flashing roms, dont buy Exynos.

  • ianranson

    I'm interested in the Note Pro 12.2 as the large screen would be great for reading A4 size PDFs and taking notes in lectures. I'll have to wait to see how Samsung prices it as the Note 10.1 2014 is priced slightly above the iPad Air (£50 more) so the Note pro won't come cheap.

    • mustbepbs

      Oh you know that thing is gonna start at $699 at least.

  • Matthew Merrick

    Tab pro 8" LTE for me - a high-end 8" phone? Yes please.

  • mustbepbs

    My wife is interested in a Note Pro 8.4".

    Get on that, Samsung.

  • Barrett Jasper

    With a note 3 you don't need it pretty much but I REALLY wish Sammy would update their Touch whiz. I use Apex anyway but touch whiz is so poop dated.

  • Ricardo Kummel

    I still think that ASUS have the right tablet for me even with the slow nand and laggy OS. If they can pull out a keyboard than I might think on buying one.

  • Sorian

    I'm leaning more to the Asus Transformer Duel, sounds like a nice replacement for the laptop and the N7 2012 for a good price.

  • TexasToasted

    No AMOLED, no sale. I really need a larger tablet; my first gen Mexus 7 is just too small, but I'm not spending money on an LCD screen.

    • Himmat Singh

      Is this a regular non-LED LCD screen? Or still an LED LCD one?

    • hot_spare

      Cost factor. Won't happen for atleast next 3-4 yrs.

    • hot_spare

      Tab 7.7 is a prefect example. Remember the cost of that device?

  • Miloking101

    I am very happy with my s3 and my nexus 7. Don't see the purpose of these 11inch. Touch wiz has started to grow on me more

  • Tuấn Ankh

    If I find a tablet useful, I'll get one of these. I got an Ass Transformer Tab 300T, and I haven't used it for a very long time. It's pretty crappy now comparing to the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (of my sister's) even though it has better specs. So yeah, if I need a tablet later on, I will choose Samsung and I'll get either a Pro 8.4 or a Pro 10.1
    But then again, I don't really do much on a tablet. I just use it for youtube and sometimes browsing the web. I do everything else on my phone. My vote: I'm note interested in any of them. xD

  • Llane Rost

    Really liking the specs on their new Windows 8 tablets. I recently bought a Surface Pro 2, and up until then I hated Windows 8. Was the biggest garbage OS ever. This tablet has changed my mind completely. The battery life is amazing, the screen is great, the sound quality is fantastic, I can play a lot of games that I never expected to be able to play. There is a few things that I dislike, like no opacity settings on the software keyboard, and touch sensitivity seems to be slightly off in the corners in about a 1/4 inch area. I really wish devs would start working on some software. I got money in my pocket and willing to spend it for quality applications. After owning this tablet, I will never buy another android tablet. Just android phones.

  • HolyFreakingCrap

    4 months with a S2 and I vowed never again.

  • Robert Hart

    I was very interested in a Samsung ATIV Q dual boot device but that device never happened.

    Now the Asus dual boot TD300 has been announced at CES.

    This is where I'm looking now.

    Samsung is so sllloooooooooow to get updates out the door if you don't have their latest and greatest.

  • Jeff

    Im a big fan of samsung product (S3,S4,Note 3) but this year, the Asus TD300 got my attention.

    Android + Win 8.1, hell yeah!

    http://jeffsandroidtop5.blogspot.ca/

  • Himmat Singh

    "These are the first high-end tablets Samsung has produced for a couple of years"....yes, because the Galaxy Note 10.1 (and its successor) so weren't high-end tablets. The GN10.1 was the premier tablet line from Samsung, while the GT10/7/8 etc all became their low-end tablet line.

  • Himmat Singh

    I would honestly get the Tab Pro 10.1, but the only thing holding me back is the 2GB of RAM. Samsung features a heavily skinned custom UI that when idle eats up 500MB more RAM than stock Android. When I had my GT10.1, when all apps were turned off, RAM usage was still 650MB. Now on my almost stock Acer tab, RAM usage in the same circumstances is 350MB. Considering the 12 inch devices already have 3GB of RAM, I suspect Samsung knows well enough that soon enough, 2GB RAM on their line of devices won't be enough.

  • supremekizzle

    Unfortunately I have a first gen note 10.1. I really wish a company like moto would make a wacom digitized tablet. Really dislike touchwiz and my note hasn't received any updates in forever. Too bad the Asus duet wasn't digitized... Would've replaced my Zenbook and Note 10.1. Damn you Asus for not having the foresight...

  • DeadSOL

    The only tablet I'd consider this year would be a new Nexus 7 with the Snapdragon 805 processor inside!

  • gladgura

    As a graphic artist the Note Pro 12.2 seems like a good option for those looking for a cheaper alternative to Wacom's

  • dennisvjames

    I have a Lenovo x220 with Windows, Nexus 7, Windows Nokia phone, and Samsung Note 10.1. Each is good for how I use it. I can work on the same document on each of the four devices and love all four. There is always a gotcha as no device is perfect.

  • USMD

    NEXUS tablets all the way!

  • razor32308

    I voted for both the Tab 12.2 Pro and also the Note Pro, but just got the Tab 3 7" for xmas so currently won't need to get a new model for a good long while

  • squidlox

    1 got the 10.1 note 2014 pro for my wife and I'm getting the 12.2 for for myself I am loveing 10.1.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Now, Samsung, please listen and do 2 things:
    1. Get rid of the damn physical buttons, it's 2014 already!
    And 2. Make Google Play Editions of each one of these

    Then we'll talk

  • Roger Siegenthaler

    Why the hardware buttons samsung, whyyyyyyyyy :(

  • Paul Tobeck

    I voted none of them, because you didn't have an option for "Waiting to see the pricing". If Samsung is serious about competing with Apple, then these need to be priced LESS than a competing iPad. Sadly, I know that won't happen. I'd love to have a Note 8 or 10, but if I believe the current iterations are overpriced, I shudder to think what these will drop at.

  • GraveUypo

    nope

  • skeeterfood

    Nope, Nexus 7 first gen and Nexus 5 are enough for me for now.

  • Randa Hafza

    the s4 is hopfully my last samsung smart phone

  • simpleasker

    I'd love the 12 incher. Samsung makes the best phones and tablets. Loving my note 2 as well. Still so darn fast smooth and lag free.

  • Deeco

    What is the difference between the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 vs Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 12.2?

    • steven

      S pen

  • Robert Boluyt

    I would be very interested in a GPe TabPro 8.4, the Magazine UX looks awful. And its a Samsung software product, so its sure to run like a dog. I'm also still a little miffed that support for the Note 8 effectively ended after a single OS update(4.1->4.2).

    I've been mulling the GPe GPad as a replacement for my Note 8. Leaning towards it as there's been little to indicate a GPe TabPro.

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

    Looking at a Tab Pro 8.5 to replace my Tab 2 7.0. I wish it were a little smaller because one of the things I love about my Tab 2 is that most of the time it fits in my pants pocket (unless I'm wearing jeans) and I don't think the 8.5 will be nearly as pocketable.

  • 萨夫 侯赛因

    I was hoping for a Nexus Note.. Desperately need to get a replacement tablet but not liking anything I've seen at CES.

  • Mekelly00

    I have had the Samsung note 10.1 2014, but took it back prior to the announcement. I loved that tablet and I'm having withdrawals but it's worth it to me to wait for the note 12.2. plus the fact that Logitech will make a keyboard folio for it is AWESOME. My wife the same one for her ipad and I was always jealous that they make nothing for Sammy tablets. Looking forward to the release.

  • Mark Nemeth

    New Nexus 10 plz!

  • เกรียนเทพ ดี อันลิมิเตด

    No, until they change/remove those ridiculous physical buttons layout.

  • Matthew Fry

    I'm interested in trying and, if I like it, buying a 12" tablet, but no I'm not seriously considering these Galaxy Tabs.

  • ThomasMoneyhon

    I can never buy a samsung tablet again. I admit it makes sense to match the design language of their phones, but they FAIL because they have physical buttons and tablet android DEMANDS onscreen buttons. This is a fail and because of this failure i can not recommend a Samsung tablet till they go back to onscreen nav bar.

  • Robert Hart

    For anyone that was thinking about getting one of these new Samsung tablets take a look at the prices.

    http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/33632-samsung-galaxy-notepro-and-tabpro-pricing-revealed

  • mmo

    does anyone truly have any idea when Samsung is planning on releasing the tab pro 8.5? I dislike when they make these big announcements at shows and then seem to clam up about dates and prices. I guess I sound irritated because I am still waiting to buy my first tablet! the tab pro 8 inch sounded very interesting a decent compromise , for me, in size.

  • mmo

    does anyone truly have any idea when Samsung is planning on releasing the tab pro 8.5? I dislike when they make these big announcements at shows and then seem to clam up about dates and prices. I guess I sound irritated because I am still waiting to buy my first tablet! the tab pro 8 inch sounded very interesting a decent compromise , for me, in size.

  • Jadephyre

    They're Samsung-made, so no.
    Not after the recent stink they made.

  • Dan

    I feel like such a heretic, but I think I'm over Android tablets. I think I really just want/need a Chrometab with a dockable keyboard.

    • Dan

      Forgot to mention I have T-Mobile and live in Charleston, SC so my tethering is free and my LTE is screamin' fast. All I need in my tablet is wifi.

  • Louis

    I like the fact that you can load your personal stuff on to the device through the micro USB slot, as well as the S pen that comes with the new tablet, including the addition of the micro SD card slot for memory expansion
    However I am not sure I would like the feel of the faux leather backing, I have not seen the tablet, but looking forward to checking one out soon

  • rkm1

    I have an S3 and I can say is tons of Bloatware. I do have respect for the Samsung calendar, as it can attach a photo and a note file.