Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is the Latest Surface Clone

Posted on March 17, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 0 Comments

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is the Latest Surface Clone

Samsung announced today that its Galaxy TabPro S—the latest in a long line of Surface clones—will ship tomorrow in the United States and cost $900. It will be sold through the Microsoft Store and Best Buy, and directly from Samsung.

“The Galaxy TabPro S is a beautiful, ultra thin, detachable 2-in-1 that is optimized for entertainment and offers productivity without compromise,” Microsoft vice president Chris Cocks. It’s “the perfect device for both consumers and the enterprise.”

The Galaxy TabPro S was announced at CES 2016 back in January. It doesn’t really appear to advance the 2-in-1 state of the art per se, though of course it’s always of note when Samsung—the largest maker of smart phones in the world and the number one seller of Android devices—releases any Windows-based product.

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This Core M3-based device is very light—1.53 pounds—and quite thin, even with its keyboard cover attached: Microsoft says it is the thinnest Windows 10 2-in-1 on the market today. But like most 2-in-1s it offers a smallish 12-inch screen, in this case a high-quality AMOLED unit.

And while it’s not available now, Samsung promises that a pen of some kind is coming soon.

Availability is mixed. The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S will ship tomorrow, Friday, March 18 at Best Buy and will then be made available from the Microsoft Store (U.S. and Canada) starting on Monday, April 4.

 

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