Samsung Galaxy TabPro (12.2-inch, lifestyle 002)

It’s day two of Consumer Electronics Show and we’re expecting a flurry of new Apple-related product announcements throughout the day. Our continually updated CES 2014 coverage does not include yesterday’s Samsung press event, but it’s not too late to rectify the omission and tell you about some new tablets Apple’s fierce competitor announced at the show: one new Galaxy NotePro and three new Galaxy TabPro devices (it pays to keep tabs on competition).

Available in up to 12.2-inch variants (here’s why), all four tablets sport a new Windows 8-style home screen called Magazine UI and some nice multitasking improvements such as the ability to run up to four apps concurrently and resize their “windows”.

And as an amusing ide-note, I’m also going to tell you about film director Michael Bay’s disaster at Samsung’s press event (bonus: video).

All that goodness is right after the jump…

So, Samsung’s new lineup includes one 12.2-inch Galaxy NotePro and the new TabPro available in three sizes: 8.4-inch, 10.1-inch and 12.2-inch. All four slates run the latest Android 4.4 KitKat.

First up, the flagship Galaxy TabPro (pictured top of post) with its massive 12.2-inch screen. This 296mm tall, 204mm wide and 7.95mm deep tablet weighs in at 732 grams (about a pound and a half), or 740 grams for the cellular version.

The Verge‘s hands-on video notes (see below) notes that the weight makes it a tad “cumbersome and unwieldy”, especially when you hold it with one hand, and the same goes for the 12.2-inch NotePro.

Speaking of the NotePro, seen below, its flagship 12.2-inch versions has exactly the same dimensions as the TabPro, though it’s a bit lighter at 750 grams (three grams more for the cellular variant).

Galaxy NotePro (12.2-inch, front 001)

Both 12.2-inch tablets have the same 2,560-by-1,600 pixel resolution ‘Super Clear LCD’ display at 247ppi and pack in either a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor (Wi-Fi and 3G models) or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chip (the LTE models), with your choice of 32 or 64 gigabytes of built-in storage.

Other goodies: a massive 9,500mAh battery, an eight-megapixel back camera, a two-megapixel front cam, dual-band WiFi 802.11 ac, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0 and IR support.

The only visible difference between the NotePro and the TabPro is support for Samsung’s S Pen stylus. Silicon-wise, both Qualcomm and Samsung chips have with 3GB of RAM which allows for nice new multitasking features.

Here’s a nice hands-on clip, courtesy of The Verge.

Speaking of multitasking, Samsung’s new Windows 8-style home screen called Magazine UI allows for some interesting multitasking capabilities.

Hopefully, Apple is paying close attention to how Samsung is advancing its tablet series and will act accordingly by improving iOS multitasking in iOS 8. As The Verge’s hands-on video attest, the new multitasking UI does resemble Windows 8’s tile system.

Check out the official promo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG2MCIEAJF8

Instead of getting whisked away to Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay upon pressing the Home button, the new Magazine UI gets invoked instead, sporting three customizable panels: one for your office/workspace, another for personal use and a third for social media.

The layout offers tiles of apps and information that users can customize and configure. Three preset pages are offered by default, though users can customize up to five pages with apps and news widgets.

The whole system feels very similar to the LiveTile system in Windows 8.1 and is a bit more approachable for new users than the typical home screen.

All four Pro tablets feature Android 4.4 KitKat and will be available later this quarter, but Samsung did not release pricing information.

SAMMobile.com tweeted out the alleged European price points:  the new NotePro 12.2 LTE should cost €849, or about $1,155. As for the TabPro 12.2 LTE, the device should retail for €749, which works out to about rather pricey $1,020.

Detailed information about the new tablets can be found in Samsung’s press release.

What else did Samsung announce?

Just briefly, there’s a new NX30 compact system camera powered by a DRIMeIV image processor and a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor capable of taking RAW 5,472-by-3,648 pixel shots and capturing full HD video.

It has a tiltable EVF with eye contact sensor, a three-inch Super AMOLED swivel and touch display and Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity with support for Samsung’s Photo Beam and Mobile Link features.

Samsung NX30 camera (image 001)

Next up, a new ATIV Book 9 2014 Edition Windows notebook was shown off with a 14-hour battery life, courtesy of an Intel Core i5 or i7 ultra low voltage chip with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 graphics.

It’s outfitted with a 15.6-inch full HD (1,920-by 1,080) screen and has 128/256GB SSD storage, 2x USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, HDMI, mini-VGA, Ethernet, a card reader, headphone/mic jacks and a security lock.

Samsung Ativ One 7 (image 001)

Finally, we have an interesting looking all-in-one desktop in white, the ATIV One 7 (pictured above). It runs Windows 8.1, has a 24-inch display with built-in webcam, packs in a fourth-generation Intel Core i3 or i5 chip and includes a hybrid 1TB hard drive/128GB SSD.

Samsung has not said when the new computers will be available or how much they will cost. In other Samsung news, @evleaks posted a trio of screenshots showing off an alleged new smartphone interface with light fonts and pastel gradients.

New Samsung smartphone UI

It’s a scaled down version of the Magazine UI found on the new Galaxy tablets, I think.

Finally, the South Korean company has invited famous Hollywood director Michael Bay to help promote its new HDTV sets, but he quit the press conference following a teleprompter malfunction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA4RCtYqD3s

Bay later explained in a post over at his website how he embarrassed himself at CES:

I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105-inch UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar.

I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.

By the way, Samsung’s new HDTVs range in size from 50 to 105 inches, with the flagship 105-inch one featuring 4K resolution and a curved display with a movie-theater aspect ratio of 21×9.

So, what do you think?

Has Samsung lost its mojo or what?

  • Anonymous

    Android tablets are just so garbage most of the apps are only made for phones

    • Sputnik09

      Android is garbage on ANY device. Every time I have the horror of handling a device that some relative or friend makes the mistake in buying, it baffles me how counter-intuitive that POS OS is.

      • Christian Mejía

        Right every time I help my sister out with her galaxy it makes me happy I have an iPhone because her phone is just so slow and it’s the new gs4

      • Dan

        Don’t know what she did to her GS4 but the ones I’ve used can hardly be called slow. May not be as fluid as IOS but very far from laggy.

      • Rowan09

        Android OS when not handled properly can become slow. People need to close apps running, etc. IOS is more user friendly.

      • Dan

        Yeah I find android similar to owning a PC, if you’re not careful, you get bogged down. IOS is closed off so there’s no risk of that happening. Both sides have their advantages, depends what the user is looking for.

      • Rowan09

        Yeah I agree that’s where jailbreaking comes in for IOS.

      • mehrab

        I think microsoft should give its user pre installed software/uttilies that speed up performance when it becomes slow

      • mehrab

        Note/s4 is pretty laggy atm
        Try going to idb (mobile version) on your note 2
        Scroll and release
        You”ll see dropped frames
        Now whats sad is the exact thing on an iphone 4 is smoother let alone the 4s with 9x the gpu of the iphone 4

      • Sputnik09

        So similar that you even have to install a antivirus! I wasn’t aware that there was such a thing. Imagine… antivirus to keep my iPhone “safe”!
        People who praise android I’ll never really understand. But… if you like eating pig’s guts.. by all means.. be my guest.

      • Dan

        I don’t praise either android or IOS. I’m just open minded enough to admit they both have their strengths. Android is open, so yeah it’s understandable you need to install an anti virus. I’m not going to take the time to enumerate all the advantages of android since it would be like talking to a wall. If you prefer IOS, good for you. I like both, that’s my call.

      • Sputnik09

        Good for you my friend… peace.

      • grumpyfuzz

        They need to close apps running, haha. Try using a high end android phone for a while. You don’t have to worry about memory management, I don’t know where you heard that.

      • Rowan09

        I have a note 2 so what do you mean by high end?

      • grumpyfuzz

        Note 2 is not high end right now. It was high end last year. If you want a high end android phone, try the Note 3, Nexus 5, LG G2, etc.

      • Rowan09

        Lol that must be a joke the Note 2 and everything besides the Note 3 are basically the same specs. The Note 2 is still a high end phone, just because the Note 3 is out doesn’t make the Note 2 now irrelevant.

      • grumpyfuzz

        Every other high end phone right now has better specs than the Note 2. Just because the Note 3 has 3GB of ram doesn’t mean it’s much better lol. And if it is still considered a high end phone, compare it to a flagship phone of Q3/4 and tell me the results.

      • Rowan09

        Are you serious? 1 year and now the Note 2 is no longer a high end phone? Damn I will never buy an Android phone since they are only high end for one year.

      • grumpyfuzz

        So you are saying the iPhone 5 is still a high end phone? Every other ‘high end phone’ that was made in 2013 is better than it. If you compare a note 2 to a current flagship it will obviously be worse in every aspect, but I’m your case it is still high end.

      • Rowan09

        Yes it is and by better what are you talking about? My old 5 was faster than the Note 2 and S4, I’ve done comparisons. The point is you said high end Androids doesn’t have the problem with closing apps or it slows down, so would you consider a Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 a high end tablet because it does the same thing?

      • grumpyfuzz

        So your iPhone 5 is faster? A phone being better than another isn’t just about speed. And with the galaxy tab, I don’t even know what that is. In my first comment I also gave examples of high end android phones that won’t slow down, not a tablet.

      • Rowan09

        What your saying is far from true. So what happens when the Note 4 comes out and the S5, does the note 3 and S4 now move slow? The Note 2 is a high end phone stop trying to convince yourself otherwise, I would understand if it was the S2 I was talking about. All phones slow down sometime and to say the Note 2 is not a high end Droid is just crazy.

      • grumpyfuzz

        I dont think you understood what I said. You’re thinking I said that when the phone becomes older, it becomes slower. My point was you don’t have to constantly be closing apps in order for the phone to not slow down.

      • Rowan09

        What I said was with Android if you don’t close apps, etc, your phone will move slower and that’s true. Does it mean your phone will be a snail not necessarily but it will affect the performance over time.

      • grumpyfuzz

        So you’re saying in order to keep your android phone lasting a while, you constantly have to close apps. If you don’t, the phone becomes slower after a while? I’m pretty sure it gets slower after a while because either the processor becomes outdated, the OS system requirements get higher in an update, etc, not that you keep a lot of apps running in the background.

      • Rowan09

        You can’t be serious. If you keep all apps running especially with how Android does multitasking, you will see a decrease in performance on any phone. What phone to you own with such great speed? I’ve used the Nexus 5, Note 2 and S4 which is actually a new phone top end Android and they all suffer from the same issue.

      • grumpyfuzz

        Yeah, you will see a decrease in performance at the time. But I’m pretty sure that won’t effect performance in a year, like you said.

      • Rowan09

        I never said anything about a phone not being high end, you said the Note 2 isn’t high end. All I said is the performance will decrease and you said get a high end phone.

      • grumpyfuzz

        It isn’t high end, then you said the performance will get worse over time if you have a lot of apps open… I disagreed and said it will only get worse at the time being, and that’s if you have like 25 apps open… Which I don’t know why you would.

      • Rowan09

        You do know some people don’t even know you can close apps running in the background.

      • grumpyfuzz

        Yea, but on android is a lot more simple than an iPhone. An iPhone requires a double tap, while an android phone the button is right in front of you. Still, performance would only get worse for the time being.

      • Rowan09

        You have to be the first person in history to say Android is simpler than IOS.

      • Dan

        Android is hardly garbage. I own both android and IOS devices. Granted the apps are way better on IOS, but android on new devices (ie Note 3, HTC One etc) is very fluid. No need to be a hater dude.

      • Rowan09

        I would have to agree with Dan (must be a new year), but Android isn’t garbage.

      • tskwierc

        Same here I own both, and that statement of Android being garbage is an old argument that does not apply so much anymore with a good phone and a person that does not get carried away installing all kinds of unneeded widgets and junk apps. Android is much more clean and refined then it used to be.

      • RarestName

        I was surprise at how biased his comment was.

      • bring_it_on

        Kit kat is a major improvement..Its about personal preference and i do not see either OS comming out with something that straight ups trumps the other..The game would be decided in Ecosystems and hardware and hardware control..

      • Brandon Miranda

        The Nexus range is not to be messed with. The Nexus 7 is an iPad killer and don’t get me started on the Nexus 5.

      • Dan

        I’d agree with you if it weren’t for the apps. I had a Nexus 7 (2013) but really missed the iPad app quality. Ended up selling it and buying an iPad air.

        The Nexus 5 has excellent value price/quality, but the specs aren’t the best out there, wouldn’t be fair to compare it to 700$+ phones though.

      • grumpyfuzz

        The Nexus 5 actually has specs that are the best out there, except for the camera and battery. Though you couldn’t say an iPhone has the best battery. And another thing that is strange that tech reviewers some of them actually prefer using a Nexus 5 to a galaxy note 3, iPhone 5s, etc, and they definitely can afford the $700 phones.

      • Brandon Miranda

        Well I find that for $350 the Nexus 5 is a superb phone. I mean it’s amazing!

      • bring_it_on

        Fully agree..For its price point its an amazing phone !

      • Brandon Miranda

        The apps have been great on my Nexus. I have a torrent app which allows me to download any song movie app etc onto my device. Not to mention 4.4.2 KitKat looks fantabulous with the Google experience launcher installed. I truly believe its an iPad killer. My iPads are jealous of it. Only thing that keeps me to iOS is well, the “it” factor. There’s just something about iOS that I quite can’t out my finger on but it’s there and I love it. Could be jailbreak could be the UI but it’s something I can’t figure out and that makes it all the better!

      • Dan

        No need to sell android to me, I know it’s great 😉
        All I meant is that I felt I was missing out on some great apps not available to android. Ie: walking dead, infinity blade, xcom, ocean horn etc.

        I agree there’s something to iOS that makes it feel ‘just right’. I have an iPad but will most likely keep android as my phone os unless iPhone 6 brings some changes.

      • Rowan09

        Slow down now, the Nexus doesn’t sell well and it’s far from an iPad killer. It’s an Android tablet like the rest. Don’t mention the Nexus 5 either because I’ll put the 5s against it any day.

      • Brandon Miranda

        Hello neighbor! I hope you don’t mind if I change my shoes! I have had a superb experience with the Nexus 7, yes iOS will always have a spot in my heart, I love my Nexus 7. Also, again, for 350 buckaroos, the Nexus is an amazing phone.

      • coLin

        the iPhone is so…simple to use! lol

      • Exept the Nexus devices. That’s the true android experience.

  • Jonathan

    I think Apple should release a couple products sooner, rather than Q3/4 period.

  • felixtaf

    I wonder how Samsung makes money out of all these products. Out of 10 products released in market, Samsung has atleast 6 in them!

    • tskwierc

      Their price points are all over the place too and its hard to tell whats current gen or old because they take forever to retire an item.

  • Anthony Nguyen

    theyre just trying to be first at everything that they hear that apple is rumored making, thinking that will make them special or something

    • Dan

      trying to avoid getting sued?

      • NSA

        Samsung acts like monkey

      • Dan

        What is that even supposed to mean?

      • NSA

        I mean, Samsung is really annoying. They look at every company. Then they will make exactly the same product or a little bit different. They don’t try to come up with something new

      • NSA

        Example, when Apple released iPhone in gold, Samsung released one after a short time.

        Even in home appliances, Dyson has released a new vacuum cleaner, Samsung has copied the product. When you look at both, the only difference is the logo

      • NSA

        This is their strategy

      • Dan

        Yeah I guess that’s true. Can’t deny that sometimes they come up with something good though. Ie:the galaxy note series.

  • jlb1705

    I think Apple starts 3/4 of the rumors out there just to get Samsung to waste their time building a bunch of low-margin niche products that will never sell and dilute their brand, like those butt-ugly Galaxy watches.

    • Anonymous

      So ture Apple mostly build stuff that can kill off their other products
      iPhone > iPod , iPad > Macs

  • Vijay Panjwani

    Lockscreen = ios7, video and samsung link icons = MIUI and some cues taken from Flipboard and WP8 and those colour scheme= ios7 (With a poor implication)! Ohh samsung!

    • grumpyfuzz

      iOS 7 lockscreen = android ICS+

    • bring_it_on

      Stole from LG? Why doesn’t LG sue Apple?

  • OpenSource280

    The Android product I bought recently was Nexus 7, and that’s it. Anything else with Samsung on it will drive me away. Samsung, could change it name to KKopirean. I saved every single dollar to waist on Apple’s happily.

  • NSA

    Samsung Strategy

    1) Try and see what Apple and other companies have in the pipeline and get it out before they do

    2) Introduce different sizes and prices, see which one works

    3) steal from other companies, then make an ad says “The Next big Thing is already here”..

    Samsung == piece of junk

    • Kash Gummaraju

      Stop
      please
      I agree with the first 2
      but the 3rd….. come on!
      It’s not 2011 anymore

      • NSA

        in regards the third point, well this is their strategy. they will do it again soon or later

      • NSA

        they will see which company will come up with something really good. Then they will steal it. Same thing when they have stolen the iPhone and the iPad technology

      • Kash Gummaraju

        Yeah 2011 maybe, what about now? Is Apple going to continue it’s “original” and “innovative” approach to technology? Is it going to “not” copy the smart gear? Or is it not guilty of any certain agreed UI elements?

      • NSA

        smart gear….well Samsung is not the first company in the world to introduce smart watch….

        Even the product is not complete..

        there many companies have had smart watch before
        Samsung

      • Kash Gummaraju

        Oh so Apple is going to steal from Pebble and Onate?

      • NSA

        hehehe, don’t worry Apple will come up with a smart watch better than Galaxy gear, Then Samsung will copy it….Don’t worry this is Samsung Strategy

      • Kash Gummaraju

        uh-uh totally, keep telling yourself that. You know with Galaxy Gear 2 coming out in a couple months to provide fixes for the issues. Samsung is totally going to take cues from a company that’s going to take an ipod touch and put it on your wrist and call it a smartwatch.

      • NSA

        First of all, you don’t know about the product..let see the watch and I am pretty sure your favourite company will COPY it

      • bring_it_on

        SO suckers that bought the original gear just a few months ago!

      • bring_it_on

        How do you know apple’s smart watch coppies the smart gear? Do you know its features?

      • NSA

        He will say that after Samsung copies iWatch…

      • NSA

        why do I have to stop, or because I wrote facts

      • Kash Gummaraju

        Facts up to the 2nd point, the 3rd is outdated garbage

      • NSA

        outdated garbage could be just for you

      • NSA

        If Samsung has not stolen the iPhone and iPad technology..Samsung was not able to introduce Galaxy smartphone and their tablet..don’t be hater

      • Kash Gummaraju

        What do you mean stolen? If anything Apple stole from LG and its LG Prada phone. Enough with the badmouthing. It’s old, annoying, and straight up stereotypical of a fanboy.

      • NSA

        fanboy, then you will say iSheep…what about you?

        This is the typical way, for Samsung fans, try to change the conversion or start to say fan boy iSheep….

      • NSA

        instead of doing that answer this question, Can you tell what Samsung has brought to the market?

      • NSA

        Even they cheat in benchmark test scores., gives a phone as they have said 1080P. in fact, it is not 1080P, gives a phone has higher specks than iPhone. not surprisingly the iPhone beats it in performance, responsiveness and reliability

        what a cheap company Samsung is

  • Kash Gummaraju

    What is up with this Author and posting articles such as this? It seems all too intentional and way too biased. If you’re going to post these kind of articles about Apple’s competitors, make it neutral and informative. These kind of articles on an Apple site have become kindling for rude and outdated conceptions rising up again.
    I don’t know how many of you have used an Android device, but from the way you describe them, you’ve never used one before. At least that’s my assumption. I own an iphone 5S and HTC One, let me tell you, both devices are amazing. I like the iphone’s camera and apps, and I love the android os’s openness, security, customisability, functionality, and the HTC’s hardware. Both are good.

    • NSA

      Android “Security”..Android is not really secure

      • Kash Gummaraju

        Really? Have you owned one and used it to its fullest and pushed it to its limits? Didn’t think so, I haven’t been infected at all, and I don’t use antivirus. That’s right, just so stereotypical, quick to bash competition with preconceived/outdated notions without any experience whatsoever. Reply when you’ve owned an Android device for about a year and used it to its fullest. I can speak for both sides, I’ve owned an iphone 4, 4S, and 5S. Now I own an HTC One as well. Even more so my cousin owns a lumia 1020, so I’ve experienced windows phone quite thoroughly as well. What about you? Coming here trying to bash a company that hasn’t copied after 2011 and has become extremely successful in many industries.

      • NSA

        “a company that hasn’t copied after 2011 and has become extremely successful in many industries.”

        Did Samsung tell you that they have not copied after 2011?

        They have become successful by cheating and lying to its customers

        They will never ever, stop this..Because this is their Strategy..Can you tell what Samsung has brought to the market?

      • bring_it_on

        Love the last sentence…Are they taking a COPPYING break of sorts? LOL..Sorry couldnt resist 🙂

  • Rowan09

    So why would anyone want to buy this now? It’s a Pro version that’s just a bigger size Note or Galaxy Tab with the same Android Interface. If this is what Apple decides on doing for the rumored Pro iPad that’s just stupid. It would make sense if the Pro version was an actually laptop replacement like the Surface Pro is trying to establish.

  • Imitation is the BEST form of flattery!

  • Kash Gummaraju

    You’re really “smart” you know that? Bringing up articles from sites and blogs that worship Apple, using outdated notions, lack of experience with both sides, making assumptions about other people(I think I stated I don’t own a Samsung device and don’t aim to), using illogical arguments to support your stance( Samsung will somehow end up copying another company that has been copying a lot longer and a lot more than Samsung and is now going to pull features from Samsung’s galaxy gear, onate, pebble, and other major smartwatch players), disregarding facts that Apple has stolen the design for the iphone from the lg prada by trying to deem it irrelevant when the dispute is about copying, fails to realize that Samsung’s designs and features are nothing like that of Apple’s, and uses a controversial and disgraceful government branch’s name as a username.You must really know a lot about this stuff don’t ya?

    • NSA

      “Samsung’s designs and features are nothing like that of Apple’s”.

      1) Samsung design is ugly & build quality == junk

      2) Samsung is the first company to introduce useless features

      What about when Samsung has copied the MacBook Air design. Can you tell what are you going to say about that?

      “using illogical arguments to support your stance( Samsung will somehow end up copying another company that has been copying a lot longer and a lot more than Samsung”

      Well, how did you know that Apple has copied more than Samsung?

      How did you come up with this conclusion?

      Samsung not only copies Apple, as I said before they copy everyone. Even in home appliances

      We are talking about Apple & Samsung. Don’t try to talk about other companies..

      Because you have nothing to say then you started to change the conversation..

      I showed you a picture for first Galaxy S & iPhone 3Gs. Why you have not written any comment about it?

      I asked a question twice, I going to repeat the question Can you tell what Samsung has brought to the market?

      Don’t ignore what I wrote before, as I said

      “everyone copies from each , but Samsung fanbooys think Samsung does not copy other companies..Then their fans say “Innovation””

      I did not mean to give to articles from the verge because they like Apple. If you don’t believe then it is up to you.,

    • NSA

      Samsung acts like monkey, they look at every company. Then copy it. This is the truth.

      For example, a company introduced a product then Samsung makes the same product or little bit different

    • NSA

      Samsung copy & steals from companies then make an ad “The Next big think already here”

    • NSA

      How did you know the verge likes Apple?

      You are trying just to find a ridiculous excuses. As I said you have nothing to say.

      • Kash Gummaraju

        There’s no verge link in the comment

      • N&LH

        I put links, you can Google it