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Samsung's latest and greatest (read: largest) tablets are about to hit the streets, and the noted leaker @evleaks has gotten a peek at the Verizon-branded version of the NotePRO. Before you know it, you'll be taking out a second mortgage on your home to pick up this beaut.

With the exception of the gigantic LTE logo, this tablet looks more or less like the WiFi device which will be sold for $750-850. The LTE radio inside will no doubt boost the price somewhere higher, but there's no word on how much. Would you buy a $1000 Android tablet? Because it might be about to happen.

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Being an LTE variant, this device should pack a Snapdragon 800 instead of the Exynos from the WiFi version. All the other specs should be identical. We await an official announcement.

[@evleaks]

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.

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

    Is there no country where you can have all Google's goodies (like the full Google Now usefulness) and not having anything to worry about carriers?

    I guess it's either being stuck in a country where carriers rule just about anything but having Google on your side, or being lucky if you can grab a Nexus device without having to worry about carrier nonsense.

  • Donald A. Derham

    $1,000? Don't tell me. Locked bootloader for my protection. Why would anyone pay that kind of money and not have total access to it?

    • Mike Reid

      Because they don't know or don't care. IE, the majority of this consumer market.

      • donnyseri

        Another 12-inch tablet to launch in February is the Ramos i12 ($299) and offers one of Intel's newest processors with HyperThreading technology that outperforms many quad-core tablets in benchmark tests... the Ramos i-12 offers a high resolution 1920x1200 HD display, 2GB Ram / 32GB memory, a a 10,000 mAh battery, built-in GPS, and a sleek design with premium Crystal plate glass and ultra-light and durable aluminum frame--

        TabletMaxx-- is one of the first U.S.sources the Ramos i12 is available through--

        • Mandeep Singh

          You must be kidding me ???

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    • Frettfreak

      Same people that would pay almost that for a surface pro.... maybe its the word pro. lol I agree but the bootloader being locked will be on about 1% of the people that are looking at its minds.

      • Alex

        At least a surface pro can run full windows apps. I could actually do some coding for work on one of those.

        • Frettfreak

          very true. still way over priced though

          • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

            if they included the typecover or at least the touchcover I wouldn't consider it too over priced since I'm willing to pay for the premium on things like Macs

    • Memphis May [S]unjay

      Because it has a shiny Samsung logo.

    • Cherokee4life

      I understand your frustration, but I am beginning to hate comments like these. Why don't people understand the ones who read these "tech blogs" are not the majority and the carriers and oem's are not releasing devices just for this group of people.

      Now if a Nexus device has a locked bootloader or missing high end features that is a different story.

    • Kurt

      I dont like where samsung is going right now. It sort of started with the note 8. I was a little hesitant to buy the note 8 because of the $400 price tag. But I did get it because other than that I liked everything about it, but with the newer tablets theyve gotten really overpriced, not to mention theyve gotten farther and farther away from android to the point where now its just touchwiz

    • Tapewormlatvia

      About paying that kind of money...
      I live in a small European country called Latvia. Everything here is *at least* 5 times cheaper than in the US, and our salaries are accordingly lower (the average, I guess, is 800-1000$ a month). But when I said "everything is cheaper" I meant everything except tech. You can take the price that you pay for tech and just add 30-50% to it for various taxes, and the fact that everyone wants to earn.
      And if we talk Samsung, most of their high end devices cost here more than people earn in a month, but they are still buying them. I paid for my GS3 almost a thousand bucks, half a year after its release, which was twice as much as I earned at that time.
      In the end, what I wanted to say was that there are people who have no other choice as to pay a thousand bucks to get a high end device. And I don't even want to think about this Samsung tablet (look at the average salaries again).

    • terryhamptonnsw

      One other 12 inch Android tablet to launch in February is the Ramos i12 ($299) and offers one of Intel's newest processors with Hyper-Threading technology that outperforms many quad-core tablets in benchmark tests... the Ramos i-12 features a high resolution 1920x1200 HD display, 2GB Ram/32GB memory, a powerful 10,000 mAh battery, built-in GPS, and a sleek design with premium Crystal plate glass and ultra-light and durable aluminum frame...

      TabletMaxx -- is one of the first U.S. sources the Ramos i12 is available through.

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      Samsung devices typically are easy to unlock. The note 10.1 (2014) which is pretty much the same tab sans the size is already unlocked and has customized ROMS (although stock based because of the S-Pen) I don't doubt the Pro will be any different.

  • Kylecore

    What is going on with the button placement being pretty much attached to the edge instead of centred in the bezel like the samsung logo in the top bezel? Looks... just bad.

    • Crispin Swickard

      Well they don't need to exist at all, so I think they are just adding insult to injury, and make sure they look bad also.

    • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

      I think the picture just got cut off...

  • Kenny O

    Their new spokesman.....

  • Matthew Fry

    No.

  • supremekizzle

    I love Android and have been evangelic about it since it's fruition, but I just can't imagine paying close to $1000 for a tablet that runs it. Don't get me wrong, android is capable of many things, but android tablets feel like, and are used for, entertainment. It is missing major productivity apps that are available on Windows and Linux. I'd like to see this change. Plus it's a Samsung, so it feels cheap and cartooney. I just bought the 2014 Note 10.1 and the $400 I paid for it seems fair. Not $600 more for 2 extra inches. At that price you're reaching powerful laptop territory...Hell, even the Asus Transformer Book Duet is Cheaper than this thing and is way more conducive to productivity. Don't even get me started on Knox, if I'm paying this much for a tablet I should have a choice...which Samsung won't give.

  • blanco112

    If the Nexus 10 is dead, the large tablet market looks pretty bleak. It's either overpriced Samsung devices or an Ipad.

  • Garrett

    I love Android, but for that kind of money I'm buying a Surface Pro.

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      Try the new Note. Once you get it setup right it's actually a dream device. you have multitasking like the surface and you have the apps of Android. although I guess if you prefer office over Drive that would be a good reason to go with the surface over the Note. I believe either way you'd have to get an external keyboard but Note has better virtual keyboard support (I've play with the surface and weird things can happen with the virtual keyboard)

  • Frank Lopez

    I really hope it falls flat on its face so samsung come back to reality.

    Android tablet experience is seriously not worth more than 300 bucks. I absolutely love my nexus 5 - but at 1000 a surface pro 2 clocks in at being able to accomplish 10x more than what this tablet is going to be capable of.

  • bmc196

    With all of the Galaxy devices, Samsung is just trying to fill every niche possible. This is a big reason why they have dominated the market as much as they have. There will be a group of people that have been waiting for that obnoxiously-large tablet and already have Verizon. Whether or not that group of people is large enough for for the NotePRO 12.2 2015 edition to happen or not remains to be seen.

    I, for one, will not be buying this. Price is, of course, towards the top of my list of cons for this device.

  • Himmat Singh

    WTF!? Capacitive/physical buttons on a 12.2-inch tablet, and smack in the middle of it at that? Come on....tablets are meant to be operated by thumbs for the most part, otherwise they just get too clunky to use.

    • W Lam

      You don't speak for all of us. I like real buttons! If the tablet was locket out, at least the real button might respond.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I'd rather get an iPad and save myself a few hundred bucks a rather than paying for this tablet

  • slongsung

    This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen marketed to the audience that will buy and support it...

    • flosserelli

      The "Verizon 4G LTE" badge is worth $200 alone.
      /s

  • mLogician

    I bought the first generation Galaxy Tab 10.1 in 2011 for almost 800$ (in middle east).

  • W Lam

    It is very expensive. I am not sure how Samsung can justify their pricing. It is one of those things, you look in the shop window, nice product and then just move on because it is too expensive.

    I like the s-pen, s-note and s-calender but at £650 (US$ 1050) for the UK price it is very expensive.

    I have been waiting for the price of the Samsung Note 10.1 (2014) to come down. If Samsung upgraded the (s-note) software on the older Samsung Note 10.1, then I would go for the older version of this tablet, which is still been sold.....

    I like the Tegra Note 7, it is tempting as it comes with stylus, but it is a shame they don't make one in 10" in white....