Samsung may have held back its big smartphone flagship announcement for MWC this year, but CES in January still gave us occasion to check out some new Galaxy hardware. Take, for instance, the Galaxy TabPro S, a 2-in-1 tablet bringing the Galaxy brand to Microsoft’s Windows 10 ecosystem. To hear the latest market reports, such convertible slates with their detachable keyboards are the hottest segment of the tablet family, and the one likely to be responsible for a good chunk of sales going forward. So when can you get your hands on this how new model and give it a try for yourself? Today Microsoft fills us in on the details, with the Galaxy TabPro S coming to the US as of tomorrow.
Best Buy is going to help get the ball rolling on Galaxy TabPro S sales, as tomorrow it begins offering the 2-in-1 for just about $900.
Microsoft itself will get in on that sales action a little later, with both retail and online Galaxy TabPro S availability coming April 4. Samsung will also be selling the Galaxy TabPro S directly.
With an Intel Core M3 chip, the Galaxy TabPro S won’t directly compete with the higher-end Surface Pro models in terms of sheer processing power, and instead Microsoft is drawing attention to the Samsung tablet’s “quality and ultra-refined design.” Those aspect come through in terms of things like the tablet’s slender build – measuring a good 25 percent slimmer than the Surface Pro 4. Of course, there’s no integrated kickstand here, either, making Samsung’s job that much easier.
Will the big, bright 12-inch OLED screen on the Galaxy TabPro S make you a convert to Samsung’s tablets, or are Microsoft’s own designs still the ones to beat? We’ll let the shoppers decide, and see if Samsung’s got what it takes to make a dent in the growing Windows 10 2-in-1 market.