By Stephen Schenck | January 29, 2014 11:44 AM
Samsung’s four latest Android tablets, the NotePRO and three TabPRO models introduced at CES, all have some enviable hardware, and represent a big step forward from the sort of selection we saw in the Galaxy Tab 3 lineup. While we’re anxious to see these models go up for sale, we’re also just a bit concerned about pricing, with fears that it’s all going to be prohibitively expensive. What we don’t have yet, though, is confirmation of any US retail pricing. That’s led us to speculate based on prices abroad, and today we get some new ammunition as Samsung starts taking pre-orders for the NotePRO 12.2 in the UK.
So, what’s the damage? The WiFi-only 32GB NotePRO 12.2 is going for 650 GBP, which works out to about $1075. That’s even higher than suggested by the 2999 Polish złoty figure (~$980) already offered by Samsung Poland.
Now granted, prices don’t directly translate from region to region. For instance, Samsung UK will sell you the Note 3 for 630 GBP, which is about $1040. By contrast, the same off-contract handset in the US would run you well under $800. In that light, we might expect the NotePRO 12.2 to be in the same range – maybe $750 to $900 – but it’s becoming increasingly clear that one way or another, this is still going to be quite the investment. Then again, with the 32GB Note 10.1 2014 already going for $600, that shouldn’t be too unexpected.