Samsung has come a long way since their foray into the tablet market. And while they have officially left the laptop business, the company has introduced their first 2-in-1 Windows convertible tablet called the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S. Let’s find out how the tablet fares against the competition.
Design and Features
We have already seen Samsung getting serious about their approach towards premium smartphone designs. Samsung decided to take the magnesium alloy frame, taken straight from the drawing board of the Samsung Galaxy S7. The tablet is also very thin at 6.35mm which is rare among tablets with the full-blown Windows OS.
The device features a 12-inch Super AMOLED display, which is another first for a Windows tablet. We have no doubts that Samsung is one of the pioneers when it comes to mobile display technology. The screen offers 1440p resolution content with sharp viewing angles. That said, what we have here is a screen that features a 3:2 aspect ratio and not the traditional 16:9 screens- another feature taken straight from Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets. The 3:2 ratio is better when it comes to using work-based applications for the optimized text-viewing experience.
That said, while tablets are meant to be carried with ease, the large display size does make the device quite bulky to carry around and scroll through web pages while walking around. This brought strain to my hands in no less than 5 minutes. Samsung has included a tablet cover for the Galaxy TabPro S which connects to the device via magnets. The cover snaps in easily without any hassles, converting it to a laptop.
The cover itself is one of the best I’ve seen, thanks to its solid textured surface. That’s not it. Users will be able to adjust the position of the display either backwards or closer to the user.
The keyboard is one of the best I’ve used recently when it comes to 2-in-1 devices. Samsung has done a great job on the keyboard cover. The mouse pad very smooth, and the palm rest portion has a comfortable feel while resting our hands there. The keys are easy to reach too, and the clicks feel great. There was no sign of cheap build materials. The keys are unfortunately not backlit.
However, there is another important factor that needs to be rectified at least for the next version. If you would have seen the Microsoft Surface Pro, the keyboard is levitated upwards to offer users a better typing experience. Samsung did not implement that basic trait on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S’s keyboard, which could have offered a strain-free usage.
Samsung has also featured the tablet with two 5MP cameras, both front and rear. While tablets are never meant for photography, tablet held on its own, producing quite good shots for both the cameras. Technically, these cameras are meant for video calls. The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S includes a USB Type-C port placed on the right (Yes, so your average USB charger will not work with this device). There are the volume control buttons on the upper side, and a Windows menu button on the left. The tablet also holds two speakers placed on either side.
While the fan-less Intel Core M processors are touted to replace the usage of Atom chips in the future, we have still not come across Core M devices that offer great performance, simply because they were using slow eMMc storages and less RAM size (2GB is not enough for an efficient Windows 10 workload). Samsung made a good decision to plonk in a true 128 SSD storage and 4GB RAM to compliment the 6th Gen Intel Core M processor. The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is just simply fast and snappy. We threw in many applications and the tablet handled most of it with ease, thanks to the availability of more RAM and faster storage.
Our benchmark test concludes that the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S achieved a PC Mark 8 Creative score of 2952, GeekBench Single-core score of 2445 points, and 4744 for multi-core configuration.
Naturally, with such a large tablet, you ought to expect a large battery included. The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S holds a 5200 mAh battery which is designed to offer 10.5 hours of use. In my time of use, the tablet was able to go on for almost a complete day, even while using battery hogging apps such as Chrome, VLC player, Word editing and so forth.
For the last few years, several brands have been releasing Windows tablets in different sizes and capacities. Yet, none of them delivered a good performance to count on because of the poor components used (Except for the Microsoft Surface Pro series tablets). The low-end components create a bottle-neck for Atom and Core M processors. Samsung rectifies this by introducing faster storage memories and more room for RAM, which helped the Core M chip to operate Windows better. Do note that there are no full-size USB ports or memory slots to count on.