Samsung Galaxy TabPro S debuts in US to rival Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro
Samsung has launched its Galaxy TabPro S in the US to compete with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 and Apple’s iPad Pro. The new Windows 10 tablet will go on sale in the US market starting today with a price tag of $899.99 (approximately Rs. 60,000).
Originally showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is quite identical to the Surface Pro 4. It features a 12-inch AMOLED display and is powered by an Intel Core M processor. Also, it is claimed to deliver over ten hours of battery life for watching videos.
The Galaxy TabPro S comes bundled with a detachable keyboard that has a multi-touch supported touchpad. Running on Windows 10, the new Samsung’s offering has all Microsoft features that have initially arrived on the Surface Pro 4. There is Cortana integration as well as the Edge browser.
To make a distinction from the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro, the Galaxy TabPro S has a proprietary feature that lets you unlock the screen using the fingerprint scanner of the Galaxy S7. You can also receive notifications directly from the latest Galaxy flagship to the tablet. These two features are appeared to be a marketing gimmick by the Korean giant to promote its new smartphone with the tablet.
Microsoft considers that “security, productivity and manageability” are the reasons why Samsung opted Windows (not Android) for its new Galaxy series tablet.
“One of the reasons that Samsung decided to bring the Galaxy brand to Windows is the benefits like security, productivity and manageability that only Windows can deliver. This is also a big part of why there are over 200M devices already running Windows 10 globally today,” says Chris Cocks, VP OEM technical sales, Microsoft, in a blog post.
The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is one of the first 2-in-1 devices with Windows 10 out of the box. However, companies like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Huawei and Lenovo are also in the race to use the new operating system for their next-generation hybrids.
All this would make competition tougher for the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro. But, of course, you would get more choices to get an advanced computing experience.