By Stephen Schenck | February 3, 2014 3:35 PM
Samsung’s Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 is one beast of a tablet. From the giant, high-res screen, to the best-in-class SoC options, and even to the compelling new Magazine UX, there’s a lot to like here. But all these top-tier specs don’t come cheaply, and it was clear from the get-go that this would be an expensive device. What we’ve been trying to suss-out over the past few weeks, though, has been just how expensive it would ultimately be. We’ve seen some pricing figures for Europe already, and translating directly to dollars, they painted the picture of a tablet going for $1000 or more for its 32GB edition. Still, we had faith that the US release would be slightly more affordable, and were expecting a tablet in the $750-900 range. Today we see retailer Office Depot open pre-orders for the NotePRO 12.2, as well as the TabPRO 12.2.
Office Depot is taking orders for the 64 GB WiFi-only NotePRO 12.2 for just $850; while steep, that’s not comparatively quite so bad, especially considering how our estimated range there was talking about the 32GB version, instead of this 64GB one.
We also see the TabPRO 12.2 hit pre-orders, though this time we are talking about a 32GB tablet. It’s going for $650, meaning the addition of the S Pen and that extra 32GB storage tack $200 on to the price. With hardware otherwise lining up closely between Note and Tab models, we’re getting some of our first real looks at just what sort of premium pricing Samsung’s stylus solution itself actually demands.
Office Depot expects stocks of both the NotePRO and TabPRO 12.2 to become available on February 13.