Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Windows tablet: the new laptop-killer?

By David Flynn, January 6 2016
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Windows tablet: the new laptop-killer?

Samsung is making a bold push into the Windows 2-in-1 market with the Galaxy TabPro S – a souped-up Windows 10 'super tablet' set to take on Apple's iPad Pro and the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 at the same time.

Unveiled at the Las Vegas CES techfest and due for release in February, the TabPro S is clearly built with the mobile professional in mind. Here's the drill:

  • a large lush 12 inch screen using bright AMOLED technology for amazingly sharp images and a wide viewing angle
  • punchy 6th Gen Intel Core M 2.2GHz processor with 128GB or 256GB of storage
  • thin, light and quite fanless design
  • claimed 10.5 hour battery life, with a fast 2.5 hour charge time for the battery
  • includes a full-size keyboard cover (although the digital stylus will still be a cost-extra accessory)
  • comes in WiFi and 4G editions, although Samsung is expected to push the aggressively-priced 4G model

There's an additional sweetener for owners of a Samsung Galaxy smartphone: special software will link the Windows 10 TabPro S to your Android Galaxy phone for tricks such as turning the phone into a 4G-to-WiFi hotspot.

One concession to the skinny 6.3mm profile of the TabPro S is that it has but a single USB Type-C port – if you want HDMI or a full-size USB jack you'll need to spring for Samsung's optional port hub.

Now we're just waiting for the price, but we're led to believe it will be very keen...

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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Looks interesting. Lack of HDMI disappointing but expect more and more devices to go USB C only.

Most Androids can do tethering out of the box.

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One only hopes the Core M chip is yards ahead of the previous incarnations used in the Yoga 2 Pro laptops...

We sadly have two of those things in our offce, and the cpu is no good to man nor beast.

Its why the Surface Pro with the Skylake i7 is still a device hard to beat in this market space.

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