Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

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Score
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S is more than just a Surface knockoff

Summary

The Galaxy TabPro S is the latest Surface Pro competitor: a tablet with a click-in keyboard that's powerful enough to potentially replace a laptop. As a first-generation product, it excels in tablet mode, offering both a thin design and long battery life -- a rare combination. But the keyboard needs work: It's cramped layout makes typos inevitable. Perhaps Samsung could retool the keyboard, but keep the same magnetic connector, making it easy for early adopters to upgrade.

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Pros
  • Exceptionally thin and light
  • Longer battery life versus its competitors
  • First device in its class with a Super AMOLED screen
  • Touchpad on the keyboard cover works well
Cons
  • Included keyboard is cramped
  • Screen angle isn't adjustable when the tablet is docked
  • Performance is fine for everyday use, but occasionally sluggish
  • Pen not available at launch
Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S is more than just a Surface knockoff

Microsoft's Surface tablets are so great, it seems, that everyone wants to copy them. So far, we've seen similar devices from Apple, Lenovo, Dell, HP and Google. Incredibly, though, one of the biggest companies we cover, Samsung, is only just jumping on the bandwagon. The Galaxy TabPro S recently started shipping here in the US, and in many ways it takes after its competitors. Similar to the Surface Pro 4 and other hybrids, it has a 12-inch screen that accepts pressure-sensitive pen input, and an Intel Core M processor powerful enough to potentially replace your laptop.

Unlike some of its rivals, however, the TabPro S is the first device in its class with a Super AMOLED screen. It's also exceptionally thin and, for the starting price of $900, the click-in keyboard cover actually comes in the box (take note, Microsoft). Too bad the typing experience isn't very good.

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Scores

Engadget

83
 

Breakdown

Speed and features
7.6
Display
9.4
Expandability
5.2
Battery life
8.7
Portability (size / weight)
9.1
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Specs

Galaxy

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
2.2 GHz
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to10.5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

Galaxy

Type
Tablet (Slate)
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
2.2 GHz
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to10.5 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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