12 Inches? Looks Like Samsung Has iPad Envy [CES 2014]

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Cult _of_Mac_CES_2014_80x80LAS VEGAS, CES 2014
 - We’ve been hearing for months that Apple may or may not launch a larger screen iPad in 2014, but this afternoon Samsung tried to get a jump on the competition with its new lineup of PRO Galaxy and Note tablets for the common working man, and in typical Samsung fashion, they’re busting out a couple of screen sizes, including a 12.2inch monster.

Aimed at giving professionals more room to get work done, the Galaxy NotePRO sports a 12.2 inch display with a 2560×1600 resolution (247 ppi). All those extra pixels mean there’s room for a full-size onscreen keyboard, but makes a serious impact on tablet’s portability – one of the main appeals of a tablet.

Samsung wasn’t happy with just blowing up the screen though. They’ve added a new multitasking feature that allows customers to view and use not one, not two, not three, but FOUR apps at the same time. Now Samsung fans can so Skype, as you play Candy Crush, and write an email, while your kid watches Netflix in the fourth tiny corner of the tablet.

Along with new gifted media, NBA access is also being integrated into the new tablets so fans can be courtside no matter where they are, Samsung tablets and smartphones will be integrated with NBA access, allowing fans to be courtside no matter where they are. 

The Galaxy NotePRO comes in at just 7.9mm thick. Packs a 2.3GHz quad-core processor. 3GB of Ram. 10 hours of battery life. Android 4.4 and Wi-Fi ac MIMO. Some smaller tablet options were also announced – 8-inch and 10-inch Galaxy TabPRO models – for those not looking to overcompensate.

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  • RickL

    they are SO pathetic, they even had to call it the galaxyPRO! samesung, you are a copycat loser!

  • Gregory Wright

    Author, why say Samsung has iPad Envy? Maybe Apple got wind of Samsung building a 12 inch and felt the need to match it. After all, Samsung got their first just like it did with the 7″ Galaxy Tab. Apple responded with the iPad Mini. Just saying…If you really want to say someone is envious Sony had the first 12″ tablet. What to say Samsung didn’t get the idea from Sony or one of the other companies considering or who have begun manufacturing 12″ ers? So why pick on Samsung. Additionally, read: http://goo.gl/hVEsmu

  • draphly

    It is a 12” Galaxy Note. This device can be considered a productivity tool. Pretty awesome for artists and designers…. WHY all the hate??? I dont think they copied Apple its the natural progression, now they offer a variety of sizes for the Note line. Very exciting!!!

  • James Katt

    Samsung is jumping at any Apple rumor so that they can copy what they think Apple will do. They did this with the Samsung “smartwatch”. And how the large Tablet. This is so pathetic, it is funny.

    Apple should keep planting rumors so that they can laugh when Samsung jumps on each rumor like a puppet.

  • jacktheripper2234

    Well Samsung actually makes a good product, that’s why people love them. Rather than having a really limited experience on an iPad, you can do a lot more with a Samsung device. I heard they were making this years ago anyway. Plus, Apple has waited way too long for anyone to care. Unless it’s a pro tablet PC running OSX no one is going to care or want a 12″ iPad. Why would they? The iPad has no stylus input for creators, the ones they do have are terrible, it doesn’t have expandable storage, and it runs IOS7, which has been such a cumbersome experience on the iPad. The iPad is good for the general consumer, not good for the pro. Samsung’s note devices are so popular because they are better than what Apple offers. Like way better. You couldn’t say otherwise, because you know you would just be making it up. The note is the best smartphone on the market. The best tablet PC is the Surface, and the best middle is a Note tablet or any android tablet. I use to be an Apple fan, until it’s innovation and ideas came to end.

    It was just like that time i got my Mac, and never used windows again. You guys are totally brainwashed. No offense, but i now see why Apple users get made fun of so badly. You guys should be sending emails to your favorite company telling them to do something better. Because all the rest of the tech world leap frogged apple. Why would use a macbook when i can use a surface, that has a pen i can draw and take notes with? Why would i use an iPad when i can use my FULL creative softwares without using tiny baby toy mobile apps? Why would i want an iPad or tiny iPhone when i can have a real multitasking environment with a note device, or a surface pro? Sooner or later, at least if you are a professional you will realize apples devices are rubish. They are GREAT for the general consumer. They are terrible for the professional. Mobile software is just baby software. At least Android made it more powerful being that the OS is open and can implement so much more into it. If Apple doesn’t start pushing out something exceptional good soon, i feel really bad for you. Because all the Ex Apple users, who used only Apple devices for years that made the switch, are in heaven now.

  • Atienne

    Well Samsung actually makes a good product, that’s why people love them. Rather than having a really limited experience on an iPad, you can do a lot more with a Samsung device. I heard they were making this years ago anyway. Plus, Apple has waited way too long for anyone to care. Unless it’s a pro tablet PC running OSX no one is going to care or want a 12″ iPad. Why would they? The iPad has no stylus input for creators, the ones they do have are terrible, it doesn’t have expandable storage, and it runs IOS7, which has been such a cumbersome experience on the iPad. The iPad is good for the general consumer, not good for the pro. Samsung’s note devices are so popular because they are better than what Apple offers. Like way better. You couldn’t say otherwise, because you know you would just be making it up. The note is the best smartphone on the market. The best tablet PC is the Surface, and the best middle is a Note tablet or any android tablet. I use to be an Apple fan, until it’s innovation and ideas came to end.

    “You guys.” You come to a mac blog to slam apple and its “us guys.” You guys are funny!

  • Gregory Wright

    I own three Apple products: iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and 2012 Macbook Pro Retina. Shortly I will be ordering the Mac Pro. I love Apple products but I am not an Apple lap dog. Here in America competition is what drives our economy. So what if Apple or Samsung or Sony or Google; Ford or GM or Toyota has an idea first, the consumer is going to make his or her purchasing decision based on affordability, quality or practicality. Choice is what empowers the consumer. If Apple makes a better product and I can afford it I will buy it.

    Apple, unlike Microsoft and Google, is the least consumer friendly being it does not license its OS or IOS to other hardware manufacturers.

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