Samsung took the wraps off a new series of four tablets last month at CES — the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro, and the Tab Pro which comes in three sizes of 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4 inches. Today the company announced that three of these devices will be available in the US starting February 13. The exception is the 12.2-inch Tab Pro, which will arrive in March.
Customers can place their pre-orders for the three devices from February 4 midnight ET on Samsung’s website, or via Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Tiger Direct, PC Richard and Sons, Fry’s, and Newegg. Prices for devices range from $399.99 for the Tab Pro 8.4 to $849.99 for the 64GB version of the Note Pro 12.2.
Meanwhile, Verizon will be the first US carrier to offer the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with 4G LTE connectivity, due some time later this quarter.
Samsung touts its Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro 12.2 as the “world’s first 12.2-inch tablets with high-resolution WQXGA (2560 x 1600) Super Clear LCDs and widescreen aspect ratios of 16:10, with more than 4 million pixels.” Essentially, this means a larger viewing area for full HD video play, which the company hopes will make it more appealing for consuming content. Both devices come with 3GB of RAM, run on Android 4.4 KitKat, and are powered by a Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quad-core processor for the LTE versions.
They also come with a range of productivity tools, including what is known as ‘Multi Window’ which lets users view up to four applications at the same time, thus improving multitasking. The Note Pro, however, comes with an additional Samsung S Pen.
For those seeking a smaller tablet, Samsung says its Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is “the most pixel dense tablet on the market” — which leads to better viewing of HD videos, images and games. The tablet is powered by a a Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz quad core processor, comes with 2GB of RAM and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat.
All four tablets in the Note Pro and Tab Pro series come with Samsung’s new user interface, Magazine UX, which is built into the home screen layout. It brings your favorite or most-frequented content to the forefront, which means you can access content with a single touch — but also results in several Google services being hidden.