Samsung announces full range of Android tablets with Windows 8-style home screen

Samsung has finally come clean about their next generation Android tablets, the Galaxy NotePro and TabPro. The Note Pro is a 12.2-inch tablet sporting the usual Note-series stylus, and like the rumors said, the TabPro comes in a whole range of sizes: 12.2, 10.1, and 8.4-inches.

Despite running Android, the devices come with a Windows 8-style tile interface called “Magazine UX,” which Samsung says is better optimized for large screens. The usual Samsung accouterments like split screen apps and floating windows are present, which should be even more useful on such a huge screen. It looks like the “Pro” moniker here is all about the bundled software (and marketing), as Samsung is pre-loading a remote desktop app, Cisco WebEx Meetings (a video conferencing app), Samsung e-Meeting (a content sharing service), and “approximately $700 worth of the premium pre-paid, long-term subscription offers from best-selling news, social media, and cloud storage providers,” like a subscription to The New York Times and Dropbox storage. Samsung’s Knox security software will also no doubt be a selling point, as Samsung looks to push into the enterprise and fill the hole left by the cratering BlackBerry.

The 12.2 and 10.1-inch devices are meant to be used horizontally, with Samsung’s hardware buttons located on the horizontal edge. The 8.4-inch version has the buttons and branding in a vertical orientation. It looks like Samsung is sticking to its traditional motto of “Bigger is better” as, for now, a new 7-inch tablet is out of the question.

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via Ars Technica


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