Samsung gets into the Surface clone business with the Galaxy TabPro S

Samsung logoSamsung is the latest company to try putting its own spin on Microsoft's Surface idea: Today at its CES press conference the company announced the Galaxy TabPro S. Despite being a member of the Galaxy family, the tablet runs Windows 10 rather than Android, which makes it a bit more interesting than some of Samsung's other tablets have been.

The main thing the TabPro offers that the Surface doesn't is a 12-inch 2160×1440 AMOLED screen. This display technology has been in phones for a while and is creeping into TVs, but this is the first year where we've really seen it used in Windows PCs. AMOLED screens offer higher contrast than IPS screens and can save power since it can turn individual pixels completely off if the image being displayed doesn't need them.

Samsung gets into the Surface clone business with the Galaxy TabPro S

The tablet is also fairly thin and light: it's 0.25 inches (6.3mm) thick and weighs about 1.53 pounds (693g for the Wi-Fi version, 696g for the LTE version). The tablet's keyboard cover, which has a full-size keyboard and trackpad, appears to let the tablet recline at two angles, and it's included with the tablet instead of as an optional purchase.

Otherwise most of the tech inside the TabPro is what you'd expect from a Windows tablet: it has a 900MHz (2.2GHz Turbo) Core m3-6Y30 CPU with an Intel HD 515 GPU, 128GB or 256GB of solid-state storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1, optional LTE, an estimated 10.5 hours of battery life, and 5MP front and rear cameras. The one weak point appears to be its memory, which at 4GB is more paltry than we'd like in an otherwise high-end system.

The Galaxy TabPro S will be available in February. Pricing has not been announced.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Samsung, tablets, Windows 10

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