Samsung said in a CES pre event product briefing on Sunday that the company decided to make another size for tablets to cater to other needs, especially professional users who need a bigger screen for more complex tasks, reports the N.Y. Times late afternoon edition online today.
Since Samsung Electronics, the No. 1 handset market, beat Apple to make smartphones with larger screens, it is making the debut of its tablets with extra-large size screens at CES 2014.
The South Korean manufacturer on Monday introduced four new tablets aimed at professional users, including two 12.2-inch tablets — the Galaxy NotePRO and the TabPRO. These are much larger than Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad, Microsoft’s 10.6-inch Surface 2 and Amazon’s 8.9-inch Kindle Fire. (The NotePRO tablet comes with a stylus; the TabPRO does not include a stylus and comes in two other sizes: 10.1 inches and 8.4 inches.)
To add some upgraded visual appeal, Samsung refreshed the traditional Android interface. Instead of grids of icons for a home screen, the tablets show a magazine-like layout that separates apps and content into different tiles and pages.
Though the 12.2-inch tablets size questions if they could be cumbersome, they aren’t too heavy. The 12.1-inch Galaxy NotePRO weighs about 1.7 pounds, and the TabPRO weighs about 1.6 pounds.
While Samsung is tackling the Microsoft Surface market, it is appealing to professional users for tablets which are marketed as a more viable replacement for a laptop suitable for work. It is also competing with Apple, whose iPads are widely used by workers in various fields, like construction, medicine and food service.
Apple is No. 1 in the tablet market, with a 29.6 percent market share in the third quarter last year, according to IDC while Samsung is No. 2, with about 20.4 percent of the market in the same period.
Samsung said pricing and availability for the new tablets is not confirmed and would come later. The company said the new tablets would be positioned as high-end products and would be released globally in the first quarter.
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