The ultimate tablet computer . This is how we see the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S , a convertible that lives on the border between a tablet and a work laptop . With a fineness of only 6.3 millimeters and weighing under 700 grams , the TabPro is designed to take anywhere travel and long journeys. In its guts we find the Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro operating system , along with the option of including a 4G module to enjoy the Internet outside the office. A functionality that is completed by its built-in keyboard coverand one of the latest Intel Core M chips , focused on efficiency. In fact, thanks to its low consumption, a usage time of more than 10 hours is achieved . The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S has already been released in Spain with a price ranging between 1,000 and 1,200 euros depending on the chosen configuration. We have had the opportunity to test this equipment, we will tell you what our impressions are.
A team designed for work and travel
Despite the fact that we have the body of a conventional tablet on the outside, it is clear that the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S has been designed to function as a laptop most of the time. In a similar way to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 . To achieve this effect, the Galaxy TabPro S incorporates a very thin keyboard cover. In fact, it is surprising that in such a fine design the company has achieved such good stability when working. Its mechanism through the magnetic sleeve is very ingenious and easy to use. Simply place the base of the tablet on the corresponding strip (just above the keys) and then tilt the model. The fold of the case itself makes the equipment stand upright.
This system is very comfortable. In addition, we have the option to place the panel of the Galaxy TabPro S in two different positions while using it in laptop mode. The first position has the screen slightly inclined and the second is ideal for use more inclined with the equipment on the knees. As for the keyboard itself, quite large keys have been achieved (despite the reduced format). Although they barely protrude from the keyboard itself, the experience is good. Of course, users who are used to larger laptop keyboards will have to go through a period of adaptation.
Like the case, the tablet also shares a very thin and light body. In fact, it is even thinner than the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge . Its body is barely 6.3 millimeters thick , a groundbreaking figure for a 12- inch model . In its construction Samsung uses aluminum on the sides to improve its resistance against all kinds of blows. Its casing has a rubber effect finish that is pleasant to the touch, although a point of style is lost compared to models that use metal throughout its body. Be that as it may, thanks to this construction a weight is achieved below 700 grams (693 grams). Without a doubt, a very easy model to take anywhere, ideal for mobile workers.
The first Windows display with SuperAMOLED technology
The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is the first Windows PC to use a SuperAMOLED display . A proprietary technology of the firm that we have already seen in other tablets and in their high-end smartphones. Its advantages are obvious: on the one hand, we enjoy an advanced touch experience thanks to a high level of precision. Plus, you get a higher contrast than LCD screens, with deeper blacks and brighter colors. This difference is greatly appreciated when we watch movies or multimedia content. And all this with a lower energy consumption. The panel size of the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S stands at 12 inches. We are facing a format that has been very successful in recent times, as it offers a good balance between size and ease of transport.
Nor could it lack a resolution at the level of the "big" Samsung teams . This professional tablet reaches a resolution Quad HD 2,560 x 1,440 pixels , with a level of detail that doubles the Full HD panel a traditional. The density of this screen is placed at 245 dots per inch .
Processor and memory
The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S bets on one of the latest Intel Core M processors . These chips came on the market with a very clear objective: to offer acceptable performance with very low power consumption. Specifically, the Intel Core m3-6Y30 chip has a voltage of just 4.5W, which later translates into superior autonomy. It is a dual-core chip that bases much of its appeal on being able to significantly expand its power in times of need. Thus, we find two cores with a speed of just 0.9 GHz in normal use, and up to 2.2 GHz when we take this processor to its maximum expression. Plus, with Intel Hyperthreading TechnologyIt is possible to work with four simultaneous process threads (two per core). This becomes an advantage in more complex processes that require carrying out a greater number of subtasks.
Along with the processor, we enjoy a 4 GB RAM . This point is important, since many of the lower-end convertibles bet on 2 GB , a value that seems quite low to be able to carry out regular use of Windows (navigation and video, applications ...). Be that as it may, within the convertibles it is not among the most powerful equipment, but it meets without problems for productivity applications such as Word, Photoshop or Excel and to manage video and movies in high quality.
The internal memory of the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S stands at 128 GB . This capacity is the same as many ultrabooks have. In the event that we want to expand it, we will have to choose to buy the optional adapter for the USB type C port and then use a portable hard disk or a USB memory. You also have to take into account the space occupied by the operating system itself and the pre-installed applications. The usable space that we can use to save our files is around 83 GB . Curiously, the memory used is not Samsung's own, but the Liteon brand . SSD type and M.2 format. On a practical level, this memory is capable of reaching read speeds of up to 520 MB / s and a write speed of up to 160 MB / s.
It didn't make much sense to launch a tablet of this size with Android. The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S makes a safer bet for productivity with the inclusion of the Windows 10 operating system. With a particularity. The version chosen will depend on the configuration. Thus, the basic configuration of the computer includes the Windows 10 Home operating system , the consumer version of this platform. Meanwhile, the most advanced settings bet on the Windows 10 Pro system, with some extra features. Native remote connections, facilities to join a business domain ... Be that as it may, we are facing an operating system whose main claim is the return of the start menu. Remember that this menu disappeared in Windows 8, something that caused all kinds of criticism. His return means going back to the desktop experience of a lifetime, but with some notable changes. For example, Windows 8 touch cells are included directly in the start menu. Also very useful is the option of working with several desktops at the same time, with your own applications and shortcuts.
Users can enjoy the entire Windows desktop app ecosystem, plus touch-oriented titles from the Microsoft app store. In addition, Windows 10 uses a tablet mode that favors the touch of the device with the larger icons. Samsung maintains its collaboration agreement with Microsoft, which translates into one year free of Office 365 office applications. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook or OneNote.
Another application that can give us a lot of play is Samsung Flow. This app is used to synchronize our tablet with a high-end Samsung mobile (Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, S6 edge + and Note 5). Once synchronized, we can start receiving mobile notifications directly on the tablet screen. Furthermore, you can also log into the tablet using your fingerprint. Finally, Samsung Flow serves to take advantage of the mobile data of the phone and navigate the tablet with the push of a button. Without a doubt, a tool to take into account if we have a next-generation mobile from the company.
One USB Type-C port to dominate them all
It is called the connector of the future. Although it is still taking its first steps. The USB 3.1 type C port of the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S offers us two advantages: on the one hand, it has a reversible format. That is, it does not matter if we try to connect it in one orientation or another. More importantly, transfer speeds are achieved twice those of a normal USB 3.0 port. But not everything are advantages. Having only one port, it is very likely that we should get the multiport accessory. This accessory will be available soon and includes an HDMI port or a full-size USB 3.0 port.
The connections of the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S also include WiFi AC connectivity. It is a protocol that allows working simultaneously in both the 2.4 GHz bandwidth and the 5 GHz bandwidth. In addition, with MIMO technology a more stable connection experience is achieved when using several antennas internal to better capture the signal. Users who opt for the more powerful configuration of the TabPro S will have a CAT 6-type 4G LTE module. On a practical level, that means connection speeds of up to 300 Mbps. Without a doubt, a very interesting feature if we travel regularly. The connections are completed with GPS to place us anywhere and NFC technology to synchronize devices through touch.
Autonomy, price and opinions
The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S uses a 5,200 milliamp battery . The tablet takes advantage of the low consumption of the Intel Core M chip to achieve an autonomy of up to 10 hours of use . This is a competitive time, in line with what the leading professional ultrabooks on the market offer. In addition, another point that Samsung has wanted to insist on is a fast charging technology that allows us to have the complete equipment in two and a half hours.
The price of the Samsung tablet stands at 1,000 euros for the configuration with Windows 10 Home, 1,100 euros for the configuration with Windows 10 Pro and WiFi and 1,200 euros for the configuration with Windows 10 Pro and 4G. All these configurations also include the keyboard cover for use in laptop mode. In short, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro SIt is a convertible team very oriented for the professional environment that knows well what it plays. Its fundamental bet is a very thin and light design that makes it easy to transport it anywhere, without forgetting the versatility offered by the Windows 10 platform. In addition, it has an excellent SuperAMOLED screen that brings the experience of the Samsung Galaxy S to the work laptop .
SAMSUNG GALAXY TABPRO S
|Model||Galaxy TabPro S|
|ResolutionQ||QHD 2160 x 1440|
|Dimensions||290.3 x 198.8 x 6.3 (height x width x thickness)|
|Colors||Black with silver on the sides|
|Resolution||5 megapixels (front and back)|
|Formats||MP3, M4A, FLAC, Midi, AAC, AMR, WAV, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, 3GP, MP4, 3GPP|
|Sound||Two 4W stereo speakers|
|Others||Optional Bluetooth stylus|
|Operating system||Windows 10|
|Extra applications||Microsoft Sway|
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|CPU processor||Intel Core m3-6Y30 dual-core 0.9GHz (up to 2.2GHz per core and 4 threads)|
|Graphics processor (GPU)||Intel HD Graphics 515|
|Internal memory||128 GB|
|Mobile Network||Optional LTE Category 6 for Pro model|
|Wifi||Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 + 5 GHz MIMO|
|GPS location||GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS support|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v4.1 LE|
|Connector||USB Type-C, Optional Multi-Port Adapter (HDMI USB Type A and C)|
|Audio||3.5 mm minijack|
|Capacity||5,200 mAh (milliamp hours)|
|Duration in use||10.5 hours of continuous use|
Price 1,000 euros with Windows 10 Home
Price 1,100 euros with Windows 10 Pro and WiFi
Price 1,200 euros with Windows 10 Pro and LTE