Samsung’s latest tablets feature cutting-edge hardware designed to go head-to-head with Apple and Microsoft.
Samsung’s strategy when it comes to smartphones and tablets is very simple: make everything and anything and fill every imaginable market niche there is. Work. Play. Work and play and every possible combination in between. That’s pretty much what Samsung is aiming at in the gadget world.
Samsung introduced two new tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday. This time, Samsung is headed upmarket with “Pro” devices the company claims are perfect for both work and watching shows or playing games.
The Pro tablets come in both of Samsung’s primary tablet lines, the Tab and the Note. The Note distinguishes itself by integrating Samsung’s smart “S Pen” stylus. The tablets feature multi-window multitasking much like the company’s earlier large tablets. The Pros come with Cisco WebEx videoconferencing software and full size virtual keyboards.
The Pro series doesn’t skimp on hardware. The 12-inch tablets come with 2.3 GHz quad core processor, 3GB RAM, Android 4.4 KitKat. The battery is one of the biggest on the tablet market at 9,500 mAh. The 12-inch variety weighs 750 grams. Samsung will also release 8.4-inch Pro tablets that weigh less than 500 grams.
Samsung threw cutting-edge wireless technology into the Pros, including fast wireless-AC MIMO, LTE and a “network booster” feature that claimes to integrate the two.
Samsung is going after both Apple and Microsoft with these tablets, especially the Microsoft Surface line, which runs Windows RT 8.1. With its amped-up hardware, Samsung can rightfully say it has some of the most powerful tablets on the market for the business professional. Samsung typically doesn’t chase other manufacturers when it comes to hardware, and instead favors the most advanced components available.