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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  • Spoorthy Vemula

    Best tablet by samsung annouced to date. Might be the best 8 inch tablet around if priced correctly (around $300)

    • Vance

      But why are they getting away from the S pen? They finally drop some bleeding edge specs into a tablet family but the only way I can get them with the S pen is if I spring for the 12.2″??! I want this form factor these specs plus the S pen.

      • Darren

        The Tab line never had an S-Pen

        • Vance

          Incorrect.

          • Vance

            Gad you guys are absurd. Yes, the Samsung tablets with S pen have all been called “Note” and the tablets without were called “Tab”, but you missed my point. Why is the only “Note” form factor in this new and improved line-up 12 inches?? They have last generation 8″ Note tablets, and a 10″ note tablets, where’s the next gen family of “NOTES” in multiple form factors?

      • SGB101

        This is crying out for the s-pen. It’s uses on the phones, but would be perfect for 12″

        • SGB101

          Just realised this is the same size as my aged think pad x200t, that was solely purchased for the pen functionality and one note, still use every day 5+ years on for note taking.

          The thing cost £1600(uk) back in late 08, this would replace it, for a fraction of the price.

    • Paul

      If you want something that lags, like you can clearly see at the video, it might be the best tablet sure.

  • redraider133

    Seems like a great tab. Interested to see pricing for this. Could be a big seller if priced right.

  • Galaxy TabProNoteProSPenLight

    perfect tablet for schlong measurements

  • hokiewv

    As much as I like the hardware, I’ll wait for stock android support. One of the best decisions that I made was switching my HTC One from Sense to the Google Play edition ROM.

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Am I the only one getting really tired of Samsung’s design? S3, S4, Note 2, Note 3, and every other tablet since the S3 has the EXACT same look. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the design on a phone, but it just looks awkward and weird stretched out on a tablet.

    At least they still put good internals in it, so I can see past that.

    • redraider133

      I guess they are going by the old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” lol

      • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

        That would be my only guess.

  • donger

    That pen doe.