By Lisa Johnston
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Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung announced pricing and availability of a quartet of new tablets, making three models available at retail on Feb. 13 and a fourth available in March.
The Android 4.4 tablets include a pair of 12.2-inch tablets that are billed as the world’s first 12.2-inch tablets with a widescreen 16:10 aspect ratio and first 12.2-inch tablets with 2,560 by 1,600 WQXGA display. Both models also feature octa-core CPUs, joining the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 edition shipping in the U.S. since October.
The four new tablets, unveiled at International CES, include the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. The Wi-Fi-equipped tablets will be in stores Feb. 13 at retails of $749 for the 32GB version of the Note Pro 12.2, $849 for the 64GB version of the Note Pro 12.2, $499 for the 16GB Tab Pro 10.1, and $399 for the 16GB Tab Pro 8.4. Prices are UPP (unilateral pricing policy).
Verizon Wireless will be the first carrier to offer a 4G-equipped Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 sometime later in the quarter.
Samsung’s second new 12.2-inch tablet, the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 with 32GB storage, will be available in March at $649 with Wi-Fi.
All models will be available in black or white with high-definition 2560x1600-pixel WQXGA display. All were designed for personal and enterprise use.
The 12.2-inch tablets feature Samsung Exynos 5octa-core CPU (1.9GHz quad-core plus 1.3GHz quad-core), also appearing in the currently available Note 10.1- 2014 edition. The 12.2-inch tablets also feature 3GB RAM, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi Direct, HDMI output, MicroUSB enabled with Mobile High-definition Link (MHL), and 9,500mAh battery delivering up to 13 hours of Wi-Fi Internet use. Both also feature a Multi Window feature to view up to four applications simultaneously for improved multitasking. The feature enables drag and drop for cutting and pasting between apps.
The 12.2-inch models also has 64GB MicroSD card slot, 8-megapixel main camera with flash and 4x digital zoom, and 2-megapixel front camera with flash. The cameras deliver zero shutter lag, the company said.
Like other Samsung Note tablets, the Note Pro 12.2 adds Samsung’s S Pen stylus and other Note features such as handwriting-to-text conversion.
Like the 12.2-inch tablets, the 16GB Tab Pro 10.1 features Exynos 5 octa-core CPU and 2,560 by 1,600 WQXGA display but drops RAM to 2GB. It 8,220 mAh battery delivers 10 hours of Wi-Fi Internet use. Other hardware specs are the same as those of the 12.2-inch models.
For its part, the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is said to offer the most pixel-dense display of any tablet on the market with 359 ppi. It features 2GB RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3GHz quad-core processor. Other hardware specs are the same as those of the other tablets with the exception of HDMI, which is unavailable on the 8.4, and a smaller 4,800 mAh battery. The battery, however, delivers 10 hours of Wi-Fi Internet use like the Tab Pro 10.1.
All of the tablets come with Magazine UX, a customizable Samsung user interface built into the home screen. The UI can be laid out to bring most-used apps and content to the home screen for direct single-touch access, the company said.
Note Pro 12.2, Tab Pro 12.2 and Tab Pro 10.1 also feature a virtual keyboard that delivers the size and appearance of a physical keyboard and uses haptic feedback and hotkeys to provide a typing experience similar to that of a physical keyboard. The keyboard includes directional keys and copy/paste function to create and edit documents more efficiently.
All models come with the Remote PC app to control a home or office computer. A touch-optimized version of Hancom Office gives users the ability to create, edit and save documents, spreadsheets and presentations with what Samsung called the same functionality as a PC. Samsung e-Meeting lets users share content during a meeting without accessing a central server.
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