Hands-on with Samsung’s NotePro and TabPro: New screen sizes and “Magazine UI”

We recently got to spend some time with Samsung’s newest line of tablets, the Galaxy NotePro and the Galaxy TabPro. The NotePro is an S-Pen-enabled 12.2 inch tablet, and the Galaxy TabPro comes in 12.2, 10.1, and 8.4-inch sizes.

The hardware is typical Samsung with almost no surprises. The materials and design for the new tablets are identical to those of the Note 3 or Note 10.1: a faux-stitched-leather back, faux-Chrome sides, and a glass front. Specs are what you would expect from a high end device, a Snapragon 800 with 2 or 3GB of RAM depending on the size of the device.

The software is the real star of the show here, with Samsung tossing the standard Android home screen in favor of a new interface called “Magazine UI” which the company says is better suited for larger displays. A 10-inch Android homescreen can fit somewhere around 50 app icons, which almost no one needs on their home screen, so Samsung may have a point that app icons on a tablet are a little too small.

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via Ars Technica http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/dVeIbg8IyNQ/

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