A ‘battle royale’ is brewing in the tablet-laptop hybrid segment. Say hello to the newest entrant:

The TabPro S at the Samsung Forum in KL (iPhone 6S)

The TabPro S at the Samsung Forum in KL (iPhone 6S)

First the analysts wrote off laptops – ‘the iPad will kill ya’. It didn’t quite happen as more iPad users found content consumption easier than creating content. Then came hybrids like the Surface and Yoga, and more recently the iPad Pro that have upped the productivity game for tabs. The TabPro S is all set to play this game; Samsung showed this off at CES in January 2016. We spent some time with this upcoming device at the Samsung Forum in Kuala Lumpur in February and came away super impressed.

It’s 6.3 mm (the iPad Pro is 6.9 mm thick) thin and is 20 gms lighter (693 vs the Pro’s 713 gms heft). The keyboard is mighty slim too; it’s bundled as part of the standard package (not an optional accessory or expense like the iPad Pro). The keyboard is very responsive and integrates seamlessly with the tab. The device was mighty quick during our first brush. We didn’t spot a stylus pen but given Samsung’s strong S Pen heritage (with their Note series), its likely to debut along with the device in April (As an optional accessory) in India. Samsung was tightlipped about the price point but expect a device that is priced more competitively than the Surface Pro 4. Windows 10 clearly gives this device an edge over the iPad Pro in the productivity sweepstakes. Pit Windows 10 against iOS 9 in the Apps and Entertainment arena and we tend to lean towards the iPad Pro. The jury is clearly not out on this category yet!

Samsung TabPro S at the Samsung Forum in KL - Feb 2016 (iPhone 6S)

Samsung TabPro S at the Samsung Forum in KL – Feb 2016 (iPhone 6S)

Highlights:

  • Intel Core M processor (Dual-core 2.2 GHz)
  • 4GB of RAM (Choice of 128GB and 256 GB internal memory)
  • Dimensions:290.3×198.8×6.3mm / 693g
  • 5MP front facing and 5MP rear cam
  • No USB ports; the Micro USB charging slot supports USB OTG
  • Super AMOLED 12.0″ FHD+ screen (2160 x 1440 pixels / 216 PPI)
  • 5200 mAh battery (10.5 hours battery life / 1.5 hours fast charging)
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