KOREAN HARDWARE MAKER Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 was unveiled at this year's CES in Las Vegas, showing that Samsung is keen to dip its toes into the business tablet market.
The unveiling marks the first time the firm has unveiled a 12in tablet, a market Apple reportedly is also planning on entering, with the Galaxy Note Pro packing a giant 12.2in 2560x1600 Super Clear LCD touchscreen.
This touchscreen paves the way for Samsung's new Magazine UX, which reportedly has been criticised by Google for masking the Android 4.4 Kitkat software that sits underneath. Unlike Samsung's Touchwiz interface, Magazine UX turns the device's homescreen into a Flipboard-style affair, and equips the tablet with a bunch of business-focused applications complete with support for the included stylus.
In terms of power, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 WiFi-only model packs Samsung's own eight-core Exynos 5 chip under the hood, while the 3G/4G model has a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip.
Beyond that, both models feature an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, a 9,500mAh battery, and a microSD card slot to expand the tablet's memory by up to 64GB.
No doubt thanks to its high-end specs and large screen size, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 isn't cheap. Samsung has started taking pre-orders for the 32GB WiFi-only model, which it has priced at £649 upfront. If it makes you feel any better, the firm is also chucking in a free gamepad worth £80 with the device.
UK retailer Carphone Warehouse was offering it for £100 cheaper, but it is now selling the tablet for the same top-end £649 price-tag.
We have spotted it for a slightly cheaper price over at electronics retailer Handtec, however, which is selling the device for £599.
The tablet, although its set to launch with optional 3G and 4G connectivity, has yet to be snapped up by any UK operators.
Samsung announced it was shipping the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 on 5 February in the UK, and has said that it will be available from its retail outlets from Thursday 6 February.
Carphone Warehouse has stated that the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 will be released on 11 February. µ
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