Samsung is returning to the Windows tablet space with what appears to be a Microsoft Surface inspired design. As the name suggests, the new Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is aimed at being a premium grade device. The only question is whether this will make its way to Malaysia.
The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is a 12-inch tablet sporting the South Korean company’s Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2160 x 1440. It is the first Windows 10 device to ship with this particular kind of display, which is a selling point for those who happen to like what Samsung does with its displays.
The chassis is composed of a magnesium alloy, and does away with the flimsier plastic construction of the rest of the Galaxy Tab S line. This makes it far sturdier, and should go a long way at selling the premium moniker of the Galaxy TabPro S. However, it is likely to also affect the price tag considering that metals are a lot more expensive to manufacture than plastic.
At the heart of the Galaxy TabPro S is a sixth generation Intel Core M processor clocked at 2.2GHz. We’re not entirely sure which of the new Core Ms this happens to be, but it should be able to produce a decent performance. Intel has made massive improvements to its Core M processors and it looks like Samsung is now comfortable enough to put them in higher end devices.
Rounding out the specifications of the tablet are 4GB RAM and a choice between a 128GB and a 256GB solid state drive. As is the norm for Samsung, the Galaxy TabPro S also sports a pair of 5MP cameras; one at the front and one at the back. Samsung has also adopted a USB Type-C connector for the charging port, and paired this with a massive 5,200 mAh battery.
Unlike the Microsoft Surface, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S doesn’t have a kickstand. Instead it relies on the magnetically attached keyboard cover to prop it up. Fortunately, there is plenty of room for adjusting the angle on the tablet.
The keyboard cover also contains an NFC tag, which allows users to unlock the tablet using a smartphone. The idea is that this is meant to make use of the fingerprint reader on a Samsung smartphone to provide an extra layer of security. We’re not entirely convinced that this is more convenient than just using a password, but we’re willing to give any extra layer of security a try.
Samsung has not revealed how much the Galaxy TabPro S will cost, but it is set for a February launch. We’re not entirely sure if the tablet will be making its way to Malaysia, as the company no longer sells laptops and computers in the country. Although the TabPro S is more of a tablet, so it would likely make its way here. Possibly.