Samsung Goes Big with 12.2-Inch Galaxy NotePRO, Galaxy TabPRO

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The wraps have come off the largest and most powerful tablets in Samsung’s Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab lines. These will be the company’s first Android models wit 12.2-inch screens.

Samsung Galaxy NotePROThe Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO will be nearly identical except for a crucial difference: the NotePRO will sport Wacom stylus and digitizer, as well as software that can take advantage of this.

Be sure to read our Samsung Galaxy NotePRO (12.2) Hands-On Preview as well as our Samsung Galaxy TabPRO (12.2) Hands-On Preview.

With these devices, Samsung continues to distance itself from the typical Android experience, as it has introduced Magazine UX, a user interface that looks little like the one Google developed. This allows user to display information from various sources (like RSS feeds) onto their homescreen.

The UI on the NotePRO and TabPRO borrows elements from Microsoft Windows, like the charm bar — the user flicks their finger in from the right side of the screen and a tray with frequently-used app icons appears.

In addition, Samsung has included the ability to display multiple apps in resizable windows, a feature not part of standard Android.

Hardware Details

The 12.2-inch displays on these high-end tablets will have a 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA) resolution.

The NotePRO and TabPRO will debut running Android 4.4 (KitKat) on a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor (1.9 GHz QuadCore + 1.3 GHz Quadcore). They will have 3GB of RAM, either 32GB or 64GB of internal memory, and a microSD slot that supports up to 64GB cards.

Samsung Magazine UX The WiFi-only versions will support 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, plus there will be versions with 3G and 4G LTE. The LTE-enabled models will have to use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quad-core processor, as the Exynos chips don;t support LTE yet.

These tablets will have an 8 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, as well as a 2 MP front camera.

Samsung says the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO will launch before the end of Q1.

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