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.
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.