Samsung has announced that its 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro will arrive in the U.S. on February 13. The Korean firm will also release the 10.1-inch and 8.4-inch models in its Galaxy Tab Pro series — which was unveiled alongside the Note Pro at CES last month — on the same day. Pre-orders for the three devices are open as of today. Samsung says the 12.2-inch Tab Pro will arrive sometime next month.
As hinted by an earlier UK listing, the supersized Note Pro isn’t going to come cheap. Samsung says that the productivity-oriented slate will start at $750 for a 32GB model, and $850 for a 64GB one. The 10- and 8-inch Tab Pros, meanwhile, will come with 16GB of storage space, and will set you back $500 and $400, respectively. When the 12.2-inch Tab Pro arrives, it’ll cost $650 and have 32GB of space.
Those prices will make each of these devices relatively expensive, but Samsung is trying to sweeten the pot by throwing in a variety of “premium bundled content” with every purchase. The company says that the slates will come with $25 of Google Play credit, a three-month Hulu Plus subscription, 50GB of Dropbox space for two years, a year-long subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek, and six months of Cisco WebEx Premium 8.
All of these tablets will be WiFi-only to start, but Samsung says that a 4G-enabled Note Pro will arrive later this quarter. Verizon will be the exclusive provider of that specific tablet at first, but other carriers will join in at a later date.
It’s also worth noting that each of the Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro devices will continue to use Samsung’s new, Flipboard-esque ‘Magazine UX’ interface. Last week, various reports claimed that Samsung and Google had come to an agreement that would see the former tone down the customizations it would make in its future Android skins. That deal may still be in play, but if it is, it hasn’t gone into immediate effect.
We went hands-on with all four devices in the Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro family at CES last month, and came away with mixed impressions. Whether or not the general public will take to a mammoth tablet like the Note Pro remains to be seen, but it appears that we’ll get some idea over the next couple of weeks.
Source: Samsung (via Business Wire)