Samsung Australia will this week launch a new tablet offensive in an effort to grow their share of the booming Android tablet market, the hero will be a brand new 12.2" Galaxy Note Pro which the Company is banking on to replace lost PC sales.
Last month we exclusively revealed that Samsung is currently exiting the PC market now the Company is looking to make up lost PC sales with an increase in tablet sales. The new Galaxy Tab Pro is tipped to retail for around $950.
Under the bonnet the Galaxy Note Pro tablet which is the size of an A4 sheet of paper and comes with a full sized on screen keyboard has a lot of grunt. I was able to use one for a day at CES 2014 The octa-core CPU and Android 4.4 Kit Kat broke a lot of tablet benchmarks delivering lightning-fast app downloads even on a Wi Fi network.
It comes with a 4.4 million-pixel WQXGA display which delivers a whopping 247 pixels per inch. Aimed at power users the tablet delivers up to four windows on the screen at once. Another big feature is the S pen which delivers smudge-free navigation, an Air Command is automatically activated when you remove the stylus from its corner slider.
The big question is whether consumers will ditch their notebook for a 12.2" tablet which while having a great display, lots of power and some really neat applications is still a device that you have to look down to to type as opposed to the raised display screen of a notebook.
Then there is the issue of weight with this device weighing in at 750-gram which over time feels really heavy on the lap.
Other features include the ability to pinch and zoom to read, you also get full HD and remote PC functionality and a USB 3.0 It's also got 32GB of storage and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The new Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, skinned with Samsung's TouchWiz user interface.
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According to Todd Lynton Director of IT at Samsung Australia the Company has high expectations for the new device, talking to ChannelNews he said "This tablet has a lot of power and on-board applications. We believe that the power user will like it. When asked about the keyboard and the lack of a stand he said" "This tablet is the first tablet with a full blown full sized keyboard similar to a notebook and we believe that users will get use to using it. We have also built in a lot of productivity applications"
Very shortly we will publish a review of the new device.