Samsung continues to press forward into pioneering product categories, hoping to establish a strong foothold in multiple markets well in advance of Apple’s inevitable smart-watch and super-sized tablet entries.
Samsung’s Galaxy NotePro is an early highlight at CES 2014. With an impressive 12.2-inch LCD screen, and powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor (or the latest Exynos processor depending on region), the NotePro is built to handle Android’s 4.4.2 user interface and Samsung’s innovative Magazine UX, a significant overhaul of its previous TouchWiz interface.
The most exciting aspect of Samsung’s Magazine UX is the interactive nature of each widget. The user can swipe, scroll, and customize the appearance, size, and placement of each widget, offering a thoroughly immersive and touch responsive layout. The broader UI is also nested within three main, and easily accessible, screen categories: personal, work, and social networking. Arguably, the Magazine UX interface makes using the included S Pen highly functional and desirable, which couldn’t always be said of other S Pen equipped devices.
The NotePro follows Samsung’s most recent design iterations of faux stitching and plastic casing that’s made to resemble and feel like leather. The device itself weighs 1.6 pounds.
Additional features include a rear camera that can deliver an 8-megapixel image (with LED flash), and a 2-megapixel front facing camera. With a 2,560×1,600 resolution screen, and the option of 64GB of storage, the NotePro provides a crisp screen viewing experience.
Check out the following video preview provided by CNET senior editor, Jessica Dolcourt: