By Stephen Schenck | January 24, 2014 7:01 PM
It’s been nearly three weeks now since Samsung went official at CES 2014 with its new Galaxy TabPRO and NotePRO tablets: 8.4, 10.1, and 12.2-inch TabPROs, and the one 12.2-inch NotePRO. After seeing our fair share of lackluster Galaxy Tab models in years past, the positively top-shelf specs on all four of these models were a breath of fresh air, and really allayed our fears about Samsung’s tablet strategy. At the time, Samsung revealed its intent to get these four models up for sale sometime this quarter, but that’s as far as our information went. With January getting ready to wrap up in another week, when might these guys launch? A couple discoveries sure are suggesting that we’re looking at a retail launch right around Valentine’s Day.
For one, there’s a leaked internal Samsung memo – reportedly targeted at field reps and certain retail workers – telling them that they can’t take time off over the weekend beginning February 14 due to an “exciting launch announcement.” Then we also have a spotting in Europe of a retailer accepting pre-orders for some of this gear, with ETAs right around the same period: February 11.
While it’s far from a certainty, that all sounds a lot like at least some of these tablets going up for sale during that second week of February. Of course, the bigger question may not be when these guys are arriving, but what Samsung intends to charge; we’ve heard some speculation, but with the nature of pricing differences between regions and all, we’re holding off until something a little more reliable turns up.