A first look at Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro S

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Samsung just announced their new Galaxy TabPro S at their newly reopened New York City flagship experience space. The Galaxy TabPro S sounds like the name of a Galaxy branded Android tablet, and it does look like a Samsung Android tablet from the outside, but once you turn it on, you’ll see that this is a full-blown Windows 10 tablet PC. It’s probably the thinnest Windows 10 tablet around at only 6.3mm thick. It’s also the first 12″ tablet with one of Samsung’s gorgeous Super AMOLED screens. Many of Samsung’s Android tablets still had LCD screens, so this is a new development not just for Windows tablets, but tablets in general.

Windows tablets aren’t really a new development for Samsung either. Remember the Samsung Series 7 Slate? That was one of the coolest Windows 7 tablets back around 2011. For the past few years it has seemed that Samsung has been all-in on Android though. What’s changed is that the 2-in-1 tablet PC laptop convertible market has seen a 40% yoy growth. Over 600 million PCs out there are over 5 years old, too. People who are going to upgrade are going to want something that handles everything their old PC can do, but also offer something new, and that’s what the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is meant for.

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Representatives from Samsung, Microsoft, and Intel were all involved with the launch of the Galaxy TabPro S. It was a big partnership between these 3 large companies to bring the TabPro S together.

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The 6th generation Core M Intel processor is 30% smaller than the previous version and that helps make the Galaxy TabPro S extremely thin yet powerful.

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The TabPro S handles healthcare and medical software no problem.

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The Bluetooth capacitive stylus with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity is sold separately (and not yet available).

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Palm rejection works if you set the whole palm down, but if you accidentally touch a finger tip to the screen even when the stylus is in proximity, then your finger will not be rejected.

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Samsung Flow is a special app that uses the fingerprint reader on your Galaxy S smartphone to log into Windows 10.

You have to launch the Samsung Flow app on your phone and then use the fingerprint scanner to unlock the Galaxy TabPro S.

You have to launch the Samsung Flow app on your phone and then use the fingerprint scanner to unlock the Galaxy TabPro S.

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Feel like using a larger display? Just plug one into the USB-C port (with an adapter).

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Unlike some other 2-in-1 tablet PCs, the Galaxy TabPro S comes with a folding keyboard cover.

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The included keyboard cover supports 2 display angles; an upright angle and this more-flattened angle.

As mentioned, this is the first Windows 10 tablet with Samsung’s colorful Super AMOLED display. That’s a 12 inch 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution display by the way. In terms of weight, it’s only 1.53lbs (693 grams) and the dimensions are 11.43″ x 7.83″ x 0.25″.  This current model is WiFi only (no LTE), and the only ports are a 3.5mm headphones jack and a USB-C port. There’s no MicroSD card slot and no USB-A port! You need an adapter if you want to connect anything that doesn’t work over Bluetooth or WiFi (or USB-C).  Have I mentioned lately how much I hate USB-C?  Anyway, you can buy a special Samsung USB-C hub that has ports for outputting the display to a second monitor, connecting regular USB-A peripherals, and still providing the “Fast Charge” capabilities.

The Galaxy TabPro S fits a bit below the more-expensive Surface Pro 4 tablet, and significantly above the less-expensive Intel Atom CPU based Windows 10 tablets. Still, so far it seems like it will easily handle all of your computing needs provided they’re within the limits of the 2.2Ghz Dual-Core Intel Core M3 6th generation processor, 4Gb of RAM, and the 128Gb SSD.

Stay tuned as we dig deeper into the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S and put together a full review.

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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002.Read more about Adam Lein!