Samsung unveiled a slew of new tablets at CES 2014, but didn’t give us much in the way of pricing. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Galaxy Note Pro tablets are aimed at the business sector so we figured they would not be inexpensive. What we didn’t expect was that these new Pro series tablets would cost as much as a brand new MacBook Pro.
European retailer Cyberporthas these new tablets up on their website and the prices are pretty outrageous, even if you consider that they are not being targeted at the consumer market. The flagship Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is listed at €999 for the Wi-Fi model and €1099 for the LTE-enabled version. That converts to about $1360 and $1499 USD, respectively. You can grab the LTE variant on contract for €660, but that’s still $900 USD. The Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 is almost the same price. The W-Fi only model is €900, with the LTE version coming in at €1000. If we convert those to U.S. dollars, that’s about $1220 for the Wi-Fi version and $1360 for the LTE variant. The Tab Pro on contract is €560, which is about $760.
If we take a look at the smaller Tab Pro 10.1, the Wi-Fi version is €800/$1090 and the LTE model is €900/$1220. The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 Wi-Fi is €700/$955 and the LTE variant is €800/$1090. These prices are pretty crazy. We can’t imagine that anyone would actually purchase these tablets at these prices. It doesn’t matter whether you are a giant corporation or small, family-owned business. No one can be expected to spend this kind of money on a tablet. There are dozens of other options at half the price, or less.
What is probably happening is the prices listed are just place holders until Samsung releases the actual retail pricing for their new tablet line. SamMobile tweeted a couple of prices that were in the €850/$1160 price range for the LTE Note Pro 12.2, which is several hundred dollars less than what Cyberport has listed. I still can’t justify spending that type of cash on a tablet, but Samsung thinks that someone can.