One thing is not in dispute in the wider computer market; the tablet is increasingly becoming the form factor of choice. But will that stand with the pro market? Samsung is trying to make it happen with the Galaxy Note Pro line, and the first one is coming on that most romantic of holidays, Arbor Day. Wait, Valentine’s Day? OK, Valentine’s Day.
Hefty Tablet, Hefty Price
The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, as you may have guessed, comes with a 12.2 inch screen. If you want twelve inches of tablet for Valentine’s Day, though, you will need to pay for the privilege. Specifically, you’ll need to come up with a heart-stopping $850. But is it worth the price? Good question.
Is A Big Touchscreen Worth A Big Price Tag?
It’d be one thing if this were in the same ballpark as, say, the first version of the Surface Pro, which was essentially a demo unit for Windows 8, but this isn’t in the same league and it may not even be playing the same sport. It’s got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with a quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 and Adreno 330 GPU. Undeniably pretty impressive… but on a pro level, where you need not just power but applicability, it does raise an eyebrow or two. Secondly, considering Intel has Android/Window tablets in the pipe, and that Chromebooks are getting larger and cheaper, $850 seems like a hefty chunk of change for a tablet. Samsung had better have more than just a big touchscreen to justify the tag.
Pro? We’ll See
One way or the other, Samsung’s about to put the idea that tablets can make the leap to business class to the test; the 12.2 is just the first in a full-on offensive. We’ll see if it works; obviously, there are some large barriers to overcome. Either way, though, the tablet game just got a whole lot more interesting.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.