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Samsung’s NotePro 12.2 and TabPro 8.4, 10.1, and 12.2 Tablets Launch February 13 in the U.S.

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Samsung showed a lot of new appliances and televisions at its CES press conference back in January, but it also unveiled a reworked line of Note and Tab-branded tablets the company said would retail this year. True to its word, Samsung announced today that the Galaxy NotePro 12.2 (our hands-on) and TabPro 8.4 (our hands-on), 10.1, and 12.2 will be available in the U.S. beginning February 13.

Both tablet lines are clearly aimed at power users. Both the NotePro and TabPro 12.2 sport an impressively high-resolution WQXGA (2560×1600) LCD display, and will be powered by either an Exynos 5 Octa (1.9Ghz quad-core + 1.3GHz quad-core) or Snapdragon 800 SoC with 3GB of RAM. An 8MP shooter and an S Pen included with the NotePro round things off.

On the software side, the devices are the first (and probably last) to ship with Samsung’s Magazine UX, a highly customized Android launcher designed to make shortcuts for most-used apps more easily accessible. Features and programs such as Remote PC, Hancom Office suite, gesture commands, and Multi Window on the larger tablets also come pre-installed.

The tablets ship with quite a few extras. By registering through Samsung’s Galaxy Perks, purchasers can receive a $25 Google Play credit, three-month trial Hulu Plus membership, a one-year Bloomberg Businessweek+ subscription, six months of Cisco WebEx Premium 8, and 50 GB of Dropbox space for 2 years.

Pricing starts at $399.99 for the 16 GB Tab Pro 8.4, and goes all the way up to $849.99 for the 64 GB model Note Pro 12.2. The tablets come in two colors, black and white.

Samsung Launches World’s First 12.2-inch Widescreen Tablets in U.S.: Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro Series Available Feb. 13

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – Feb. 4, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced that the Wi-Fi enabled Galaxy Note® Pro 12.2 and Tab® Pro 10.1 and 8.4 will be available in the U.S. beginning Feb. 13. Pre-orders will start at midnight ET, Feb. 4 from Samsung.com, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Tiger Direct, PC Richard and Sons, Fry’s, and Newegg. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 will be available in March 2014. Verizon Wireless will be the first to offer the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with 4G LTE connectivity later this quarter. For more information, visit www.samsung.com/us/protablets.

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro series includes four models – Note Pro 12.2 and Tab Pro 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4. The new tablet lineup features premium materials, a suite of applications and services, unparalleled displays, a unique interface designed to simplify access and discovery of content, and many new productivity tools.

“The Note Pro and Tab Pro create a more meaningful user experience at the intersection of work and play,” said Nanda Ramachandran, vice president of emerging business at Samsung Telecommunications America. “With four completely revamped models featuring unique software innovations and impressive displays, these tablets offer users a premium Galaxy experience.”

The Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro series tablets will be available in two color options, black and white.

“The Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro series deliver an unparalleled tablet experience,” said Travis Merrill, vice president of tablet marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “As mobile usage habits have evolved, so have our tablet offerings. This Pro series is designed to meet the distinctive needs of today’s mobile consumer, whether at home, on-the-go or at work.”

Vibrant, Large Displays
Samsung’s Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro 12.2 are the world’s first 12.2-inch tablets with high-resolution WQXGA (2560 x 1600) Super Clear LCDs and widescreen aspect ratios of 16:10, with more than 4 million pixels. Engineered with 3GB of RAM and a larger screen for optimal viewing, the Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro 12.2 give consumers the power and screen real estate to view full HD videos and perform various tasks on a dazzling and vibrant display.

Developed and designed specifically for the 12.2-inch Note Pro and Tab Pro, Multi Window lets users view up to four applications simultaneously, offering improved multitasking. The Multi Window feature enhances productivity with impressive quick controls, like drag and drop for easy cut and paste and one-touch presets, to quickly launch commonly used Multi Window app configurations.

The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 display is the most pixel dense tablet on the market. HD video, images and games take full advantage of the high pixel count, giving users a display quality not found on any other tablets in its class. With a Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz quad core processor, the Tab Pro 8.4 is built to handle high-powered games and video.

Pro Series Amps Up Productivity
All tablets in the Note Pro and Tab Pro series are outfitted with Magazine UX, Samsung’s innovative new user interface that’s built right into the home screen layout. This customizable layout brings users’ favorite and most-frequented content—games, notes, apps, e-mail and more—to the forefront, offering direct access to content with a single touch.

To enhance productivity and give users a more effective typing medium, Note Pro, Tab Pro 12.2 and Tab Pro 10.1 feature a virtual keyboard that mimics the size and appearance of a physical keyboard, leveraging haptic feedback and hotkeys to offer users a more accurate and familiar typing experience. It includes directional keys and copy/paste functionality built right into the keyboard which allows you to create and edit documents more efficiently.

The Note Pro also includes Samsung’s S Pen, offering the precision and responsiveness that customers love, as well as features such as handwriting-to-text, Air Command, and Pen Window.

Both the Note Pro and Tab Pro come equipped with applications designed for optimal professional performance and mobile productivity. Remote PC allows easy access and control of a home or office computer directly through a Pro tablet, while a downloadable and touch optimized version of Hancom Office gives users the ability to create, edit and save documents, spreadsheets and presentations with the same functionality you would find on a PC. Samsung e-Meeting provides collaboration capabilities by giving users the ability to share content during a meeting without having to access a central server or network.

These devices come with a powerful and productive Samsung accessory ecosystem that includes keyboard covers, the S Action Mouse and USB LAN Hub adapters along with a variety of third party accessories including Bluetooth keyboards from ZAGG, Belkin and Logitech.

Extensive and Immersive Content and Services
Samsung continues to partner with leading entertainment, productivity and news sources to provide over $800 in premium bundled content for the Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro tablets through Galaxy Perks. With Galaxy Perks, consumers have access to popular and best-selling news, social media, and cloud storage applications including: $25 Google Play credit, three-month trial Hulu Plus membership, one-year Bloomberg Businessweek+ subscription, six months of Cisco WebEx Premium 8 package, and 50 GB of Dropbox space for two years. In the future, customers will have access to one year of Gogo inflight internet access (up to 36 flights). For more information on Galaxy Perks, please visit www.samsung.com/us/galaxyperks.

Pricing for the tablets are as follows:

Note Pro 12.2: $749.99 (32 GB), $849.99 (64 GB)
Tab Pro 12.2: $649.99 (32 GB)
Tab Pro 10.1: $499.99 (16 GB)
Tab Pro 8.4: $399.99 (16 GB)

  • Stan_LS

    I would have gotten the 8.4 if it had 32 gigs. But 16? eh.

  • sk

    The 32gb note pro is $749.00 which is not bad at all for that screen size and all the great software. Why are you guys only mentioning $850? Dont forget that there are 2 different gbs. I will be buying the 32gb one. I love the big screen.

  • Kyle Miller

    SamsungGalaxyNoteProTabPro10.112.28.47.5NexusS5 with SPen :)

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    $850 for the top of the line model… at least it comes with a $25 Google Play credit.

  • David Thomas

    Please, Please… where is the NEXUS 10 (2014)?????? Take my money again already, Google!!!

    • Mike

      I was waiting of a new Nexus 10 as well but decided to go with the Note 10.1 2014 edition. Android updates over the past year haven’t been monumental so the software update aspect of the 10 was that big of a deal. Only con to the Note 10.1 is the physical buttons which are kinda awkward in portrait mode. However this is offset by having a microSD slot and S-Pen

  • John Legere

    So the Note Pro adds a stylus for $100?

    • crazed_z06

      12.2″ screen too

      • John Legere

        The Tab Pro is 12.2 as well . Same specs. I guess Samsung thinks they can cheat consumers.

    • Kyle Wiggers

      I guess the S Pen is worth $100 to some people.

      • Chris

        It does add function via software but its not worth $100

        • Victor Who

          LOL…then get the Tab Pro.

      • 213ninja

        S-pen software too i imagine… Having had a few Notes, I would pay $100 for the whole S-pen experience. it’s the one thing I think they are doing right in touchwhiz.

        • Victor Who

          Exactly!

          I think people are confusing the S-Pen for a Stylus. It’s not the same. Like I told the T-Mobile guy…go and buy a tablet stylus at Staples and experience the difference. It’s not even close.

    • Mark

      For the 12″ yes, but for the 10″ its only $50. The 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is $550, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in $500.

    • Victor Who

      It’s not a “Stylus.” It’s a Wacom digitizer. Go to Staples and buy an Android or iPad stylus and experience the difference.

  • chris kilps

    I wonder if they get rid of that microsoft like homescreen, now they have that deal with google.

    • Maxim∑

      no thats just the beginning of the future touchwiz

  • IanKellogg

    i just can’t force myself to buy another samsung tablet after they abadoned the original note 10.1

    • PoisonApple31

      I had an original iPad, and I bought a Nexus 7 after Apple abandoned it. :)

  • Philip J. Fry

    Can’t help but lol at 849.99 for a tablet

    • droidify

      I agree. I was thinking $699 would be acceptable. I wouldn’t buy it either way. But $849 is just silly. When Sammy loses the physical buttons I’ll start looking at their product line again.

      • 213ninja

        699/749 would have had me at least thinking about it……….

    • crazed_z06

      While $850 is steep in number, the price is fair when compared to their main competitor, Apple. For $150 more than the iPad Air, the Note Pro is giving you a bigger/better screen and S-Pen capability. Whether or not those features are “worth it” can be debated.

      Samsung thinks they can compete price for price with Apple, hence the Tab Pro 8.4 costing as much as an iPad mini.. Personally I dont think it’s a bad thing to have “high end” Android products that compete with Apple.

      • John Legere

        There is nobody in the world that can justify that price. Absolutely not.

      • Philip J. Fry

        No thanks. Not an Apple fan, but if I had to choose between this or the iPad, the iPad wins hands down.

        • Richard Jackson

          Does anybody have a idea when that going to refresh the Nexus 10?

          • dougmeser100

            Another new 12″ Android tablet to launch in February is the Ramos i-12 and is available through — TabletMaxx

            The Ramos i12 is powered by one of Intel’s latest processors and features an H D 1920×1200 display, along with a 10,000 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS — and is competitively priced at $300.

            TabletMaxx– also offers two new 10″ Windows & Hybrid tablets which premiered at CES 2014 that feature Intel’s Baytrail processor, a 1920×1200 HD display and 64GB. The Ramos i10 Pro is a premium 10″ Hybrid Android/Windows tablet available for $399 and will be released next month; also new is the Pipo Q1 10″ Windows tablet available for $429, and that price includes a premium case-keyboard — and retails for about $200 less that the Dell 11 Pro and Surface Pro 2 with the price of the MS keyboard added in.,,

          • Nexus 2008-2015 RIP

            DOA probably. If one does come out, it won’t be till their Next Nexus event, if their will even be another.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        “For $150 more than the iPad Air” – conversation ends right there. Can’t justify that since the average person uses these products the exact same way.

        • asdf

          But then again who is to say this is for the average consumer? For the average consumer you can get the TabPro instead. Better yet sacrifice 2 inches of the screen and just get the Note 10.1. Not saying i agree with this price but i understand why samsung priced it the way it is priced. They are giving you many options at many price points.

          • 213ninja

            I agree, and my opinion is that only a niche customer base would see that additional value. Hell I love my Notes but I won’t pay $850 for a tablet…..so I guess I’m not in that niche either…

        • Victor Who

          The Note Pro and the iPad Air are not in the same class. However the Tab Pro is and that $650, I believe.

          FYI, the iPad Air has no pen writing capabilities.

          What makes the Galaxy Note line awesome is that S-Pen. I have the 10.4 (2014 edition) and it’s my “go to” tablet for business and personal use.

      • 213ninja

        long time note lover here. i see what you’re saying there with comparing/competing high-end models from both Apple and Samsung Android, and i think that’s fair to do, and generally good for us and them……but….it would be a little more fair if their prices where closer….by pricing $150 (22%) over the best ipad air, Sammy is clearly saying our product is in a class above the best ipad air. maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, but good luck selling people that do not frequent Droid-Life on that statement…especially businesses.

      • Chris

        But for the price you better get a lot. Otherwise why buy an $850 tablet that does just the basics when a $299-$399 tablet would do just as much?

    • jacobrileyf

      The new Ramos i12 12″ Android tablet also launches in February and available through — TabletMaxx

      The Ramos i12 is powered by one of Intel’s newest processors and features an HD 1920×1200 display, along with a powerful 10,000 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS – and is much more competitively priced at $300.

      TabletMaxx — also offers two new 10″ Windows & Hybrid tablets which premiered at CES 2014 that feature Intel’s Baytrail processor, a 1920×1200 HD display and 64GB. The Ramos i10 Pro is a premium 10″ Hybrid Android/Windows tablet available for $399 and will be released next month; also new is the Pipo Q1 10″ Windows tablet available for $429, and that price includes a premium case-keyboard — and retails for about $200 less that the Dell 11 Pro and Surface Pro 2 with the price of the MS keyboard added in.

  • Aooga

    Actually, $400 for the 8.4 isn’t that bad.

    • crazed_z06

      Interested in that one. I have an original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and it has been a flaming piece of crap. I recently used a Note 8.0 and really liked it though. Might try and and hope on the 8.4

      • droidify

        I have a G Tab 8.3 and the size is perfect. I imagine the 8.4 will feel just as good. After owning a 10.1 and a 7, the 8″ form factor is the perfect compromise.

    • John Legere

      The Kindle 8.9 HDX is only 379.

      • Aooga

        I guess I was wrong. The 8.4 doesn’t include the S pen. That sucks.

        • John Legere

          Still wouldn’t be worth $400 + tax

          • 213ninja

            i would consider an 8.4 “Note” Pro for 399. of course, 349 would be sweeter….

          • Gideon Waxfarb

            You can get a Note 8.0 for $350, sans the Snapdragon 800 processor.

      • Tojen1981

        No play store access though.

      • Stan_LS

        Kindle has its own eco system.