Price (RRP): $1499 (starting price); $1499 for Windows 10 Home; $1649 for Windows 10 Pro;
Samsung is returning to computers, well, sort of. Fresh off the back of new and successful smartphones in the S7 range, the company responsible for the “Galaxy” range of devices is returning to Windows for a notebook on a diet.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Samsung computer, but the company is on the return to the category, focusing and refocusing its efforts into something else, with a device that is both a tablet and a computer, yet has some of the design sense in common with a Samsung Galaxy S phone.
That design is something we’ll get into in just a moment, but the specifics include a 12 inch Super AMOLED display running the resolution of 2160×1440 and providing a screen clarity of 216 pixels per inch.
Inside the computer, you’ll find an Intel Core M processor from the sixth-generation of Core chips, also known as “Skylake”, with this one a dual-core m3-6Y30 clocked at roughly 1.5GHz (each core sits at around 0.9GHz), with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 arrives on the Galaxy TabPro S out of the box, with either Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro depending on the version you buy, and there are even a few Samsung bits of software sitting on top.
Connections for the computer are a little subdued in comparison to what a modern laptop or tablet might have, with wireless catered for via Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, as well as GPS and Near-Field Communication, though wired merely offers one USB Type C port and a 3.5mm headset jack.
Cameras can be found here, too — it is a tablet, after all — and you’ll find a 5 megapixel camera on each side with no flash for either and Full HD video capture on both.
Buttons are found here, too, with a power button up top next to a volume rocker, and then a Windows home button for the Start menu on the left side corner.
Charging the tablet happens through a USB Type C port, and that will charge a 5200mAh battery inside the tablet.
Samsung is doing some serious work in the phone and tablet space lately, and design is a big part of what the company is paying attention to.
Here in the TabPro S, you get the feeling that the simplicity from the standard Galaxy S6 and S7 is what is being channeled, because there are no steep curves and there are no defined edges.