Two-in-one PCs serve double duty as both notebooks and tablets and are certainly growing in popularity, especially among businesses people and prosumers. This newest offering from Samsung the Galaxy TabPro S 2-in-1, which runs Windows 10 on an Intel Core m3 processor, sports a 12-inch Super AMOLED display, giving it a crystal clear display and it comes bundled with a keyboard.  The standard TabPro S ships with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and it’s available from us for only £705.

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Features

One Liner

Operating System

Windows 10

Screen

Super AMOLED display - Resolution is 2160 x 1440 - 12-inch.

Performance

Runs on sixth-generation Intel chip: 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor along with 4GB RAM - great performance.

Build

High-End 0.25 inches thick - 1.5 pounds in weight - thin and light to hold.

Storage

4GB RAM and 128GB SSD (Solid State Drive) of built-in storage

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

Battery

5200mAh battery is good for up to 10.5 hours of use.

Camera

rear-facing camera: 5 megapixel  Front-facing shooter: 5 megapixel

Buttons, Ports, and Speakers

Has a USB Type-C port for fast connectivity, volume tracker, 
and two speakers offering stereo sounds.

Extras

Packaged with Keyboard Folio Case.

iTabs Rating

 ****

 

Build and Design

The Galaxy TabPro S 2-in-1 is sleek and professional; it looks high-end because it is high-end. It comes in black and white, with black being the classier option! This Samsung Tablet is just 0.25 inches thick, which makes it thinner than both the Surface Pro 4 and the iPad Pro 12.9. It weighs 1.5 pounds without its case, which in comparison weighs less than either Microsoft’s or Apple’s devices, and it’s light – making it comfortable to hold for long stretches.

The TabPro S measures 11.4 inches wide and 7.8 inches tall. It’s been designed to be used in landscape mode, and that’s the most comfortable way to hold it for sure.

Screen

This Samsung Galaxy TabPro S 2-in-1’s best feature is far its Super AMOLED display because this screen tech is superior to the traditional LEDs found in other tablets and laptops. Instead of external backlighting, each AMOLED display pixel glows on its own, resulting in more vivid colours in a screen build that’s thinner and lighter. It’s also brighter, with even consuming less power.

Resolution is 2160 x 1440. With a 12-inch screen, the density is roughly 216 pixels per inch, which is quite high, though not as high as some rivals. Still, this is a beautiful display, with sharp text and images. One of the advantages of having an AMOLED displays is that the display looks exceptional even in the outdoors. This doesn’t mean is easier to see in direct sunlight but it can certainly handle working in the shade too.

The Tablet isn’t bundled with a stylus/pen however though Samsung will soon be offering one separately. This is a shame especially as Microsoft will be emphasizing handwriting in the next iteration of Windows 10. Plus when operating we found that a pen would be ideal to interact with the very small on-screen controls that can be found on some Windows Applications. 

Buttons, Ports, and Speakers

The Galaxy TabPro S includes a USB Type-C port, which is a new and improved version of the honourable USG Standard. It’s slightly larger than a microUSB port, but it supports much greater power flows and faster data transfers and being reversible. This port is the only non-wireless option for connecting to an external monitor or Ethernet networks.  Which means you will need an adapter which Samsung will happily sell you. Sadly there is no microSD card slot so users will need to use card readers or non-cloud removable storage to access their pictures – and these too will have to be native to USB Type-C.

The power button sits on the top landscape edge of this device, with a volume rocker next to it. There’s a Windows button on the right side. There are no buttons on the front or the other sides, but there is off course a smart connector for the keyboard which takes up the bottom edge. There are two speakers on the left and right sides, just far enough apart for stereo effects to work when sitting within a few feet of the Tablet. Our tests indicated that these put out enough sound that it’s possible to watch video in a relatively noisy environment.

Keyboard Folio Case

Unlike its competitors like the Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro, Samsung packages this Tablet with a clip-on keyboard making it a true 2 in 1. The keyboard is set in a folio case which acts as a stand for the tablet whilst typing and it also features a trackpad integrated into the design.  The keyboard area measures 10.7 inches across, which makes it as wide as a typical desktop keyboard. The keys themselves are arrange in the standard QWERTY layout of six rows. This keyboard is thus spacious enough to accommodate even those with large hands. There’s decent key travel, and typing is fairly quiet. On the flip side, the top row of keys rest very close to the TabPro S, making any top-row key presses a cramp endeavour.

The trackpad is good and measures 3.5 x 1.7 inches, which is large enough to be used with ease. The surface is smooth, with the entire left side functioning as a clickable left mouse button, and the right side as the right mouse button – which is great! The folio too is quite slim and light. The combination of tablet and folio measures 0.5 inches thick and weighs 2.4 pounds. The case can hold the tablet at two angles: 60º and the other at about 30º. Making typing with this 2-in-1 held in the lap easy.

The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S keys are large, but cramped toward the edges.

 

Closing the tablet down over the keyboard automatically turns the screen off, which is good, however flipping the keyboard around to the back also turns the screen off, which is definitely a nuisance. Users are going to be forced to remove the entire keyboard whenever they want use the TabPro S as a tablet, rather than just being able to rotate the keyboard out of the way.

In terms of durability the case can save this device from light bumps, but is too lightweight and minimalistic to offer serious protection. The tablet and case are held together with magnets, so they separate with ease, and there’s off course a cut-out on the back of the folio for the rear-facing camera.

Performance

The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S 2-in-1 runs Windows 10 on a 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor. This is a sixth-generation Intel chip, the very latest, and along with 4GB of RAM provides more than acceptable performance for most professionals.

The TabPro S comes with 128GB of built-in storage – which is more than adequate for most professional users. The drive is an SSD (solid-state hard drive), not a slower eMMC like the ones in many less expensive Windows tablets. Making this tablet a faster player. Samsung has mentioned a 256GB version, but either this isn’t available yet but will be in the near future. 

Battery

Samsung claims the 5200mAh battery in the Galaxy TabPro S is good for up to 10.5 hours of use, which we found to be overly optimistic. We put this 2-in-1 to a real world test by using it as our computer while writing this review. The keyboard was attached, Wi-Fi was on, Bluetooth and NFC were off, and the screen was at 50%. We started at 9AM, and the computer slept for three hours during lunch and meetings. At just before 5 pm the tablet went into Low Power Mode because the battery had dropped below 20%. After another hour the computer warned that it needed to be plugged in, which means we got about 6 hours of use.

Camera

The main, rear-facing camera has a 5 megapixel resolution, which is slightly low for a high-end tablet but reflects the reality that most users don’t take many pictures with 12-inch devices. The camera is up to the job of capturing quality images in good or excellent conditions, but can’t really handle anything else. There’s no flash too, so low-light photography isn’t practical.

The secondary camera is also 5MP, which is quite good for a front-facing shooter, especially since many people actually will frequently use this for video conferencing with Skype or other similar softwares.

Specs

  • 12-inch touch AMOLED display (2166×1440 resolution), 360 nit brightness
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Intel Core m3 (4M Cache, up to 2.20 GHz)
  • Intel HD 515 integrated graphics
  • 4GB LPDDR3 (1600MHz) RAM (non-expandable)
  • 128GB SSD
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 5-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera
  • Dimensions: 11.43 x 7.83 x .25 inches (tablet only)
  • Weight: 1.53 pounds (tablet only)
  • 1-year standard parts and labor warranty
  • Ships with keyboard folio case, Adaptive Fast Charger
  • Price: £705

Conclusion

Overall we found the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S 2-in-1 to be a really outstanding tablet, and one certainly capable of holding its own in the market. Its Super AMOLED display is certainly its strongest feature, but its slim and lightweight design is a close second. We generally loved using it as a tablet, and the keyboard case that converts it into a laptop is a very nice addition plus it comes packaged in.

That said, the keyboard is close enough to the screen that things can become cramped, and the fact that swinging the keyboard behind the display puts the computer to sleep is a real design issue. There’s also no microSD card slot, nor stylus/pen packaged with the device which is shame. 

Value

The only consumer version of the TabPro S available in the U.K. at this time has 4GB of RAM, 128GB of built-in storage, and a clip-on keyboard. And is available at iTablets for £705.