Samsung to take on Apple and Microsoft with Galaxy TabPro S

The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S.
The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S.PHOTO: SAMSUNG

SINGAPORE - Samsung has launched the Galaxy TabPro S, a premium 2-in-1 Windows tablet-laptop hybrid that runs Windows 10. It is Samsung's first Windows-powered device in Singapore since it stopped selling laptops here in 2014.

Like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, the Galaxy TabPro S is a 12-inch tablet that becomes a laptop when attached to its full-size keyboard accessory.

At just 6.3mm thick, theTabPro S is slimmer than the 8.4mm Surface Pro. Without the keyboard, the TabPro S weighs 696g, making it a bit more handy than the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro (713g) and the Surface Pro 4 (766g)

More importantly, like the iPad Pro, the TabPro S supports 4G LTE Advanced (up to 300Mbps). The Surface Pro comes in Wi-Fi models only.

The TabPro S is powered by an Intel Core m3 processor, which is fanless and consumes just 4.5W of power. Samsung claims that the TabPro S will last up to 10.5 hours on a single charge. The device also has 4GB of system memory and 128GB of flash storage.

Its 12-inch Super Amoled display offers a screen resolution of 2,160 x 1,440 pixels compared to the Surface Pro's 2,736 x 1,824 pixels. Both displays offer a square-like 3:2 aspect ratio that is optimised for browsing the Web and productivity tasks.

The Samsung Galaxy TabPro will be available from Apr 30 at $1,698. It comes bundled with the keyboard accessory. A similar Surface Pro 4 costs $1,399 (excluding the $199 Type Cover keyboard) while a 128GB iPad Pro costs $1,648 without a keyboard or a stylus.

Those looking to use the TabPro S as a sketch pad will have to fork out an extra $98 for the TabPro Pen stylus. Samsung also sells a multi-port adapter that adds HDMI and USB connectivity for $128.

vinchang@sph.com.sg