At CES 2014, Samsung has revealed a series of new tablets that are designed for productivity.
There are four tablets in the range: the Galaxy Tab Pro which comes with either an 8.4, 10.1 or 12.2-inch screen; and the Note Pro which comes in the 12.2-inch screen size. All share the same 4-million pixel, WQXGA resolution screen (2560x1600).
The Note Pro is the tablet of interest here, primarily because it comes with the S Pen and a suite of features geared towards those who want to create and consume content with their tablet. Borrowing the same textured back panel as the Note 3, the Note Pro weighs 750g (Wi-Fi model) which gives it a sturdy feel. There is 3GB of RAM inside with storage available in either a 32GB or 64GB version.
Running Android 4.4 KitKat, the interface is a little different to a stock install, primarily because Samsung has equipped the tablet with a magazine-style UX. By default there are three pages in the magazine layout:
A personalised home screen with news, email, time, weather and calendar content
A workspace screen with productivity solutions, including S Planner
A social media screen with WatchOn, Samsung Hub, Google+ windows.
These screens are completely customisable with dynamic content. Pinching out from each screen lets you add or resize these widgets as desired. Up to 5 of these customised home screens can be created. A swipe from the right bezel brings up the multi-window tray that lets you run up to 4 apps simultaneously on the screen in a grid configuration.
The keyboard has had an overhaul too, with haptic feedback to simulate a real keyboard. Plus, all the regular Windows keyboard commands you are used to, such as Ctrl-C, Ctrl-S, Ctrl-X and Ctrl-V, are available to use. Remote PC support is provided which allows you to transfer files between tablet and PC or vice versa.
The Note Pro has USB 3.0 support, an 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera, plus support for voice and video calls with a 3G or LTE model. Australian pricing has yet to be announced, but all the tablets will be available globally in the first quarter of 2014.