Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

12-inch 2-in-1 Tablet Design That Is Really Thin And Affordable

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S 12-inch 2-in-1 Tablet PC
Samsung

The Bottom Line

Mar 28 2016 - Tablets being used as productivity tools has not really caught on too well with consumers. Much of this has to do with the high cost or the lack of support for traditional software. Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S does a great job at making a 2-in-1 tablet design that is not incredibly expensive but still remains portable and functional. It still has some annoying quirks with it such as peripheral support and lack of upgrade storage options.

Pros

  • Excellent Display
  • Thinner and Light Than Other Windows Tablets
  • USB 3.1 Port For Charging

Cons

  • Keyboard Still Cannot Compare to Traditional Laptop Options
  • USB Port Difficult to Use With Peripherals
  • No MicroSD Card For Storage Expansion

Description

  • Intel Core m3-6Y30 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB DDR3 Memory
  • 128GB Solid State Drive
  • 12" 2160x1440 IPS Multitouch Display
  • 5 Megapixel Front and Rear Cameras
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 802.11ac Wireless, Bluetooth
  • USB 3.1 (Type C), 3.5mm Audio
  • 11.43" X 7.83" X 0.25" @ 1.53 lbs.
  • Windows 10 Home OS

Review - Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

Mar 28 2016 - Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S tries very hard at the 2-in-1 design. As a stand alone tablet, the system is incredibly thin at just a quarter of an inch thick. This is significantly thinner than the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 which is a third of an inch thick. It is also extremely like at just 1.53 pounds. Of course, it is not quite as small as the newly announced iPad Pro 9.7-inch but this runs the full Windows software and not a mobile only software platform.

Of course being a 2-in-1, it also features a keyboard cover as well. The layout of the design is alright other than the spacing between the keys is tight which can make accidental presses more common. Key travel is obviously very short. The experience is decent for being a cover but I would not say it is as good as the Surface Pro's keyboard.

It certainly is no where near as good as dedicated laptops like the Surface Book. Tt will add to the thickness and weight of the tablet but it is still extremely portable.

Powering the Galaxy TabPro S is the Intel Core m3-6Y30 dual core mobile processor. This is designed for low power consumption and low heat generation making it perfect for tablet use. The downside here is that it is not as powerful as Intel's traditional Core i series that you find in the Microsoft Surface Pro products. It should be fast enough when using productivity applications, browsing the web or even watching media. Users hoping to do more demanding tasks like photo or video work would be better servers by the more powerful processors. The processor is matched up with 4GB of DDR3 memory which provides it with a smooth overall experience with Windows 10 but once again be an issue with more demanding tasks.

In terms of storage for the device, there is only a single 128GB version available in the US right now. It uses solid state drive technology so it is quick and responsive. The issue most people will probably have it trying to expand it as this is an issue for many tablets. There is only a single USB 3.1 Type C connector on the device which is used for power or peripherals.

This limits what peripherals you can use without getting an adapter cable and you can't use them if you also need to charge. It would be nice to see a MicroSD card slot but that is an issue most tablets have. Of course, it does have the advantage of making options for powering it much easier with a powerful enough USB charger.

The screen is one of the best parts about the Galaxy TabPro S. The 12-inch display panel uses AMOLED technology which is typically only found in smaller smartphone screens. This gives it some great color and contrast The resolution of 2160x1440 is less than the or full-size iPad Pro 12.9" model but still higher that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Unlike the Surface Pro or the iPad Pro, the screen does not have a built-in digitizer which means you can't use pressure sensitive pens with it for things like drawing on the display.

>Samsung does not provide the capacity for the internal battery on the Galaxy TabPro S but instead says that it will last up to ten and a half hours. In digital video playback tests, it was able to run for just under ten hours at the shipping brightness. This could likely be increased by reducing the brightness levels. Overall, it should last most people a full days worth of work unless you are really pushing the processor hard.

>Pricing for the Galaxy TabPro S is at $899. This makes is less expensive than the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 even with the Core m3/128GB because it includes the keyboard cover which is extra. It is roughly the same price as the iPad Pro 9.7-inch with the Smart Keyboard accessory. Overall, this make the Galaxy TabPro S more attractive for those looking at a tablet to also double as a laptop.​

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