As tablets get more powerful and laptops get lighter, the lines between these two device categories are more blurred than ever, as Apple's iPad Pro and Microsoft's Surface Pro have already shown. Now Samsung has its own Windows 10 device ready to go up against them in the form of the TabPro S, announced today at CES in Las Vegas.
The advantage of Windows 10 is that it runs across both computers and tablets, unlike the iOS/OS X distinction that Apple is sticking to. As a result, the new TabPro S is capable of running full desktop applications such as Photoshop and iTunes on the go. Samsung's slate is 6.3 mm (0.25 inches) thin and weighs 693 g (24.4 oz) – that compares favorably with the 6.9 mm (0.27 inches) and 713 g (25.2 oz) statistics of the iPad Pro.
The 12-inch 2,160 x 1,440 pixel display uses Samsung's favored Super AMOLED technology and the manufacturer is promising a "best-in-class" viewing experience for this tablet (we'll reserve judgement until we get hold of a review model). Under the hood there's one of Intel's brand-new sixth-generation Core M processors (clocked at 2.2 GHz) and 4 GB of RAM. Both 128 GB and 256 GB on-board storage options are available.
Intel is promising its new mobile chips will do more while drawing less power, and the TabPro S is listed as having a 10.5-hour battery life (another claim we'll need to verify). A multi-port adapter (HDMI, USB Type A and C) and Bluetooth pen are going to be available when the tablet goes on sale across the world in February, though we're still waiting on price.
This wouldn't be a 2-in-1 without a keyboard cover, which as you would expect doubles as a stand. There's also an integrated trackpad to save you the trouble of having to hook up a mouse. We've been impressed with Samsung's tablets in the past, so we're looking forward to putting the TabPro S through its paces in the next few weeks.
The Gizmag team is on the ground at CES and we'll be bringing you all the breaking news and more hands-on tests throughout the week.