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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 review: Hands-on at CES 2014
What is the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1?The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is the new version of the 10.1-inch Tab-series tablet. Unlike the Tab 3, it doesn't have compromised or low-end specs, but its Pro parts are largely limited to software. You certainly don't need to be a pinstripe-wearing businessperson to get on with this tablet.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 – DesignLike other recent Galaxy phones and tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 has a leather-effect back that is made of plastic. It looks almost identical to the Note 10.1 2014 edition. It just misses out on the S Pen stylus that makes the Note devices so special.
The Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 is just 7.3mm thick and 469g in its Wi-Fi only edition. It's thin and light, but doesn't quite have the high-end feel of the iPad Air thanks to its plastic construction.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 – ScreenOne of the highlights of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is its screen. It's 10.1 inches across and 2,560 x 1,600 pixels in resolution, providing excellent sharpness. It is an LCD type screen rather than the OLED kind Samsung uses in some of its devices.
It's a good screen, but nothing groundbreaking. Samsung has used identical or near-identical panels before, including in the 2014 Note 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 – Software and Pro partsSo far this seems just like a Note 10.1 2014 without the stylus. However, Samsung has packed in a few software elements to give the 'Pro' title some weight.
The neatest is e-Meeting, which lets Pro tablets share messages and other content over Wi-Fi Direct, when in meetings, for example. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is also compatible with Cisco WebEx meetings, which probably won't mean a great deal to many of you but is widely used in business circles for web conferences and 'virtual' meetings.
What may be of more interest to actual business users are the Remote PC function, letting you access your PC from the tablet, and the included Hancom Office license.
If none of this pricks up your ears, it's easy enough to ignore. Underneath it, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 runs the latest Android 4.4 OS with Samsung's new Magazine UI.
This new interface merges the old widget-based style with some of the visual beats of HTC's BlinkFeed and Windows 8.1. Its aim seems to be to bung as much information on-screen as possible. As such it makes good use of the high-resolution of the screen, but takes a bit of getting used to as it can come across as quite busy.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 – SpecsThe core specs of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 will seem familiar if you've looked into Samsung's recent tablets. Its processor is either a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip or an Octo-core Exynos 5-series chip depending on whether you're looking at the 3G/4G edition or the Wi-Fi only one. We didn't notice any significant lag, but we'll be looking out for this at review as there was an alarming amount of jerkiness in the Note 10.1 2014.
16GB and 32GB are planned, but as with most Samsung tablets there's also a microSD memory card slot so you can easily add to the internal storage. Also in-line with other top-end Samsung tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 has two cameras – an 8-megapixel one (with LED flash) on the back and a 2-megapixel sensor on the front.
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