Samsung isn’t taking Apple’s rumored multitasking, stylus-touting iPad lying down. The company recently filed a trademark application in South Korea for a mysterious “Samsung Galaxy Tab S Pro,” likely a new addition to the company’s aging Galaxy Tab S line of Android tablets.
As far as progress markers for rumbled-about products go, trademarks aren’t necessarily the most reliable. But a changelist referring to Samsung’s Milk Music leaked the Galaxy Tab S Pro name earlier this year, and the timing makes sense: it’s been nearly a year since Samsung refreshed its tablet series. Given that the company’s all-metal, ultrathin Galaxy Tab S2 devices failed to materialize in June as rumors suggested, new Samsung tablets are due any day.
Details on the Galaxy Tab S Pro are predictably slim. If rumors of the Samsung’s new tablet lineup are to be believed, though, it’ll likely slot in just above the expected 8-inch and 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S2 models, perhaps even sharing the same rumored resolution (2,048 x 1,536), processor (64-bit Exynos), RAM (3GB), and internal memory (32GB).
Historically, Samsung tablets with the “Pro” label have come with an S Pen stylus and a wealth of productivity services. TabPro buyers got a free subscription to Hancom Office, a three-month LinkedIn premium membership, a subscription to Evernote, and 1TB of free storage on Bitcasa. If the Tab S Pro is indeed Samsung’s answer to Apple’s iPad Pro, you can bet the company will sweeten the pot with a similar bundle.
Assuming Samsung still plans to unveil the Tab S Pro this year, the Korea-based device maker’s got an aggressive schedule ahead of it. It’s expected to reveal the latest entry in its Note line, the Galaxy Note 5, in September, potentially along with the lower-specced Galaxy A8.
Previous rumors pegged the Galaxy Tab S2 for initial sale in the U.S., Canada, Europe, China, Korea, and India. Barring supply constraints, we’d expect to see those territories included as part of the Tab S Pro 2’s initial launch.