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Samsung’s four new tablets will be available in the U.S. starting February 13.

Note Pro
photo: Samsung

Samsung introduced its new line of Galaxy tablets back at CES, but it’s getting around to availability and pricing information only now. The new line of tablets will be available in the U.S. starting February 13. Pre-orders have already started at a some retailers online.

The biggest new tablet – both literally and figuratively – is the 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro (pictured above). That tablet popped up yesterday at Office Depot for a whopping $849.99. And that is indeed the official price, though Samsung is also offering up a version with 32GB of storage (as opposed to 64GB) for $749.99. Compared to the Galaxy Tab Pro line, the Note Pro includes Samsung’s S Pen, which allows you to use features such as handwriting-to-text, Air Command and Pen Window.

If you don’t need the S Pen, but you still want a really big tablet, you can save $100-$200 and get the 12.2-inch Galaxy Tab Pro for $649.99. Like the Note Pro, both tablets features 2560 x 1600 displays and 3GB of RAM. They also provide a Multi Window mode that lets you use up to four applications at the same time. The only catch is that the 12.2-inch Tab Pro won’t be available until some point in March.

Tab Pro 10.1

The other two Tab Pro tablets will be available on February 13. They don’t offer Multi Window mode or an S Pen, but they otherwise have many of the same high-end trimmings. The 10.1-inch Tab Pro (above) costs $499.99 (with 16GB of storage) and the 8.4-inch model will be available for $399.99 (also for 16GB). Each also has a high-resolution 2560 x 1600 display, packing more pixels into the smaller screens.

Those prices are still pretty steep compared to much of the competition, like Google’s Nexus tablets or the Kindle Fires from Amazon, but they’re priced roughly on par with Apple’s iPads.

Samsung is throwing in a number of freebies, like Google Play credit and free subscriptions to various services. But ultimately it will come down to whether users value the larger size of the 12.2-inch tablets and the addition of the S Pen with the Galaxy Note Pro. The two smaller Tab Pros are a bit of a harder sell, since they’re a little more generic, though both feature Samsung’s Magazine UX.

  1. The Galaxy Note Pro needs a variation ….a removable back with a removable battery…with an external charger for the battery…..That is what I really want…I do not suppose I will ever get what I really wish for but if I keep quiet then that ghost of Samsung’s listening ear will never hear my whispers. My main concern is always about defects with the battery especially a battery which sits inside a sealed unit…..that in my mind is totally unacceptable -for a battery to remain a prisioner inside a gadget…and also its span of active life..and the only way to my way of thinking will always be about the availability of spare easily replaceable batteries..which can be charged in an external charger and breathe as they charge.
    One other factor is that i like to extend the active life of the the gadget I buy….well past its normal expected life-span even if it has been superseded by further innovations.This does not mean that i will not buy another tablet for a very long time….I like technology that moves on and develops newer products….but I want marketing persons to respect me as a consumer and respect my needs in the gadgets they wish to sell to me….by the word ME i also mean the rest of us…and marketing people must not fool us it a stupor by sealing up batteries inside prison cells.

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  2. One other 12 inch Android tablet to launch in February is the Ramos i12 ($299) and offers one of Intel’s newest processors with Hyper-Threading technology that outperforms many quad-core tablets in benchmark tests… the Ramos i-12 features a high resolution 1920×1200 HD display, 2GB Ram/32GB memory, a powerful 10,000 mAh battery, built-in GPS, and a sleek design with double-sided, premium Crystal plate glass and ultra-light and durable aluminum frame…

    TabletMaxx — is one of the first U.S. sources the Ramos i12 is available through and includes $25 in Bonus Apps as well as features a promotion for free 4G Internet with each tablet, providing 500MB of Data Internet use monthly.

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    1. 12″ at 1080p won’t have the relative fidelity of the Samsungs – the experience will be pretty much the same as a 10″ tablet. And with an Intel processor, you’ll miss out on apps developed with the ARM NDK. Hyperthreading itself can’t perform better than twice the number of cores. HT is an optimisation to use resources in a core that aren’t being used in the other thread.

      The Samsung’s are definitely expensive, but there’s no better pen experience (I wouldn’t bother with the 12″ Tab) for which they can charge a premium.

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