SAMSUNG TOOK the wraps off the Galaxy TabPro S 2-in-1 at this year's CES, representing the firm's first Windows 10 device that looks to fill the gap left by its exit from the UK laptop market.
The launch of the hybrid tablet/laptop device sees Samsung gearing up to challenge the likes of Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, offering a similar set-up with a foldable keyboard cover add-on and support for stylus input that aims to appeal to consumers and professionals.
We've rounded up everything we know so far about the device's availability, and will update this article as soon as we hear more. Until then, you can also check out our Samsung Galaxy TabPro S hands-on review.
Samsung has started is taking orders for the Galaxy TabPro S, which will set you back £849. We assume this will bag you the 128GB model as opposed to the higher-spec 256GB version, but Samsung has yet to specify.
Given the price of the smaller Galaxy Tab S 10.5 sibling, expect it to cost more than £400 given its bigger 12in display and bundled keyboard. A Bluetooth Pen will be sold separately, but Samsung has yet to say how much this will cost.
The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is now in stock, with Samsung announcing a UK release date of 16 March
The Galaxy TabPro S is Samsung's first Windows 10-powered 2-in-1, and the first Windows hybrid to come with an AMOLED screen. This display measures an iPad Pro-rivalling 12in, and has a 2160x1440 resolution.
Intel's fanless Core M processor provides the power, and comes with 4GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. There's also a 5,200mAh battery which Samsung claims will offer 10.5 hours of life and can be charged to full in 2.5 hours.
Despite these high-end specs, the Galaxy TabPro S is one of the skinniest Windows 10 devices. The tablet measures 290x199x6.3mm and weighs 693g, while the bundled keyboard add-on measures an additional 290x199x4.9mm.
This Bluetooth keyboard also adds Surface Pro-style functionality to the device, attaching to the tablet's aluminium-clad rear to create a makeshift stand that can be used at two angles.
Like Apple's 12in MacBook, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S has just one USB Type-C connection, but will be offered with a separate multi-port adaptor complete with HDMI and USB A and C output.
The Galaxy TabPro S has a dual 5MP camera set-up, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 and a choice of Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. Samsung has left the software largely untouched, but has added functionality that will let you unlock the device with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone by waving it over an NFC chip in the keyboard.
Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro S will be available in WiFi-only and LTE versions, and is the first Windows-powered 2-in-1 to offer support for Cat 6 LTE speeds. µ
But it's probably not going to be available to customers anytime soon
But it's OK cos he thinks the battery life is crap
Callas to Cupertino
Cheers, trebles and big bonuses all round