Jan 07 AT 7:44 PM Nick Gray 15 Comments

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4

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The Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is one of the many Samsung tablets announced at CES yesterday. The device’s specs sheet is fairly impressive with an 8.4-inch 2560×1600 display, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front facing camera, Android 4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz, 4,800mAh battery and the option of 16 or 32GB storage with a microSD card slot.

The design of the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is similar to previous Samsung Galaxy Tabs on the front, but flip it around and you’ll spot the same faux leather and stitching originally introduced by the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 last fall. If you were hoping for yet another standard TouchWiz device, you’ll be disappointed to hear that Samsung has changed things up a little with its new tablets. You still get a traditional app drawer and home screen that can be customized, but you’re also treated to a custom widget interface off to the left of the home screen called Magazine UX which is a cross between HTC’s BlinkFeed, FlipBoard and a handful of other apps that can be downloaded from Google Play. Magazine UX is made up of multiple widgets which pull in news feeds, calendar information, images from your gallery and your latest emails and social media updates.

The new software is dramatically different than what Samsung has put out over the past two years, something we are very excited about.

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Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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