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Unveiled: Samsung Covers the Galaxy with Tablets

         

Tablets may come and go—and they do—but some brand names stick around. While this past holiday season has shown us that you can buy a tablet from anywhere, and literally from any manufacturer, it’s also shown us that some manufacturers continue to pull out the stops when it comes to making quality tablets.

Samsung is one such manufacturer. They stand poised to release a slew of tablets today that should fit almost any need or any budget, with configurations that cover a wide gamut of techie goodness. Take, for instance, the new Samsung Galaxy Note PRO and Galaxy Tab PRO, with a 12.2” WQXGA display and resolution of 2560 x 1600, which is a leap ahead of the standard 1366 x 768 that most tablets ship with these days. The 12.2" Note PRO and Tab PRO includes the Exynos 5 Octa chipset with 3GB of RAM, the Android KitKat 4.4 operating system, and 32 or 64GB of onboard memory. Thankfully, Samsung has also included a microSD card slot so that you can expand your memory by an extra 64GB.



The powerful Exynos 5 Octa chipset used in the 12.2" Galaxy Note PRO and Tab PRO is composed of a quad-core A15 1.9GHz processor and a A7 1.3GHz processor, while the LTE versions of thes tablets will ship with a quad-core Krait 2.3GHz processor.

Along with a Li-Polymer 9500 mAh internal battery, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless and Bluetooth 4.0, these units also have a 2MP front camera and an 8MP rear camera. They include GPS with GLONASS (a Russian-based, three-dimensional navigating system supported by iOS devices as well), built-in stereo speakers, and an integrated antenna for more stable Wi-Fi connections.

Also available preloaded on these tablets are a number of useful productivity applications, including Google+, Twitter, Dropbox, and various email clients. A full list of apps are in the spec sheets at the end of this article. Note that only the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro will ship with an S-Pen and S-Pen functionality—the Tab PRO will not.

Probably most unique to new users will be the new Magazine UX system, which mimics some aspects of Windows 8.1, but adds personal customization of your home page and tabs. You can open up to four windows at a time to multitask with the new system, which has long since been a complaint of previous Android-based tablets. Unlike the Tab PRO, the Samsung Galaxy Note PRO will ship with an S- Pen for added functionality and versatility when inputting data.

Also announced today will be the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO in 8.4” and 10.1” versions. The Tab PRO 10.1” versions will feature Wi-Fi (with a 1.9GHz and 1.3GHz quad-core processor) and LTE versions (with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor), while the 8.4" version will feaure the same 2.3GHz quad-core processor in both its Wi-Fi and LTE variations. Both will have 2GB of onboard RAM and are expandable via their onboard microSD card slot. Battery capacity for Tab Pro 10.1" and 8.4" versions is 8220mAh and 4,800mAh respectively.

Samsung once again brings together form and functionality to the tablet marketplace. Are these the right tablets for you? Come by the SuperStore to check them out in person, and you’ll see why sometimes it’s better to buy a brand name than take your chances on a lesser-known company.

  Samsung Galaxy Note PRO (12.2") Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO (12.2") Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO (10.1") Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO (8.4")
Display 12.2” WQXGA (2560 x 1600) TFT LCD 12.2” WQXGA (2560 x 1600) TFT LCD 10.1” WQXGA (2560 x 1600) TFT LCD 8.4” WQXGA (2560 x 1600) TFT LCD
Memory 32/64GB (eMMC) + microSD up to 64GB 32/64GB (eMMC) + microSD up to 64GB 16GB + microSD up to 64GB 16 + microSD up to 64GB
Processor Quad A15 1.9GHz + Quad A7 1.3GHz 3G : Quad A15 1.9GHz + Quad A7 1.3GHz
LTE : Quad Krait 2.3GHz
WiFi : 1.9GHz Quad Core+ 1.3GHz Quad Core
LTE : Quad Krait 2.3GHz
2.3GHz Dual Core
Ram 3GB 3GB 2GB 2GB
OS Android 4.4 KitKat Android 4.4 KitKat Android 4.4 KitKat Android 4.4 KitKat
Network Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac LTE : Cat4 HSPA+ 42/5.76 Mbps
3G : HSPA+ 21/5.76 Mbps
LTE : Cat4 HSPA+ 42Mbps LTE : Cat4 HSPA+ 42Mbps
3G : HSPA+ 42Mbps
Battery 9,500mAh 9,500mAh 8,220mAh 4,800mAh
Camera 8MP with LED Flash + 2MP (FHD) 8MP with LED Flash + 2MP (FHD) 8MP with LED Flash + 2MP (FHD) 8MP with LED Flash + 2MP (FHD)
Connectivity Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, HT80)
Bluetooth 4.0
IrLED
GPS + GLONASS
Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, HT80)
Bluetooth 4.0
IrLED
GPS + GLONASS
Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, HT80)
Bluetooth 4.0
Micro USB 2.0
GPS + GLONASS
Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, HT80)
Bluetooth 4.0
IrLED
GPS + GLONASS
Audio Audio Codec : MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, FLAC, Vorbis (OGG), WAV Audio Codec : MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, FLAC, Vorbis (OGG), WAV Audio Codec : MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis (OGG), FLAC, AMR-NB/WB, WAV Audio Codec : MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, FLAC, Vorbis (OGG), WAV
Video Video Codec : H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7/8, VP8
Recording & Playback : Full HD (1080p)
Video Codec : H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7/8, VP8
Recording & Playback : Full HD (1080p)
Video Codec : H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7/8, VP8
Recording & Playback : Full HD (1080p)
Video Codec : H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7/8, VP8
Recording & Playback : Full HD (1080p)
Dimension Wifi : 295.5 x 203.9 x 7.95mm, 753 g 3G/ LTE: 295.5 x 203.9 x 7.95mm, 740 g WiFi : 243.1 x 171.4 x 7.3mm, 469 g
LTE : 243.1 x 171.4 x 7.3mm, 477 g
WiFi : 128.5 x 219 x 7.2mm, 331 g
3G/ LTE : 128.5 x 219 x 7.2mm, 336 g

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This explains why Samsung isn't making any accessories for the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. It makes me think Samsung is no longer in it for the long haul when they start popping out new tablet models instead of supporting their existing products with upgrades and accessories. I'd rather go with a company that supports me vs a company that I support.

I like Android tablets well enough.

But they come with too much bloatware.

Not sure B+H, or Samsung, should be calling attention to this bloatware. (Eg Dropbox, and yes I understand it has a real function, but one can get it from Google Play.)

Seems like there are too many security holes created by these extra programs. Samsung should sell these machines with an extra copy of Android (KitKat) and allow easy and complete rooting.

Now to root this machine, I’d have to wait for Cyanomodgen to realize a variation for this machine.

To: BH, not clear why this above is attaching itself as a reply to another’s comment.

Are there any tablets that I can buy from B&H that have HDMI inputs so I can teather them to my dslr? This would be useful for a photo booth.