7.5/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 16 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Beautiful display
  • Windows 10
  • Decent multitasking
  • Bright screen
  • All-day battery life

What's bad

  • Limited connectivity options
  • Mushy keyboard
  • Limited kickstand positions
  • Average camera

When you think of Samsung, you probably think of their flagship line of mobile phones and tablets. With the Galaxy TabPro S, the Galaxy series transitions to the world of Windows. The specs on paper look solid, but does the real-life performance and experience of this new hybrid tablet stack up? Let’s see what the reviews are saying!

Across the board, reviewers were impressed with the design of the TabPro S. Combining a matte-finish plastic case with shiny metal trim and the sleek Samsung aesthetic, most reviewers noted it felt as good, if not better, than any Samsung Galaxy flagship they’ve used. Even with the included keyboard case, the hybrid also comes in thinner than most of the competition at the time of writing. At just over 1.5lbs, this tablet/laptop mash-up is ready to hit the road without weighing you down. The Inquirer took their test model around town for a few days and proclaimed, “
The device proved itself a robust piece of kit despite measuring just 6.3mm thick.”

One area where reviewers were less happy with the design was Samsung’s choice to include only a single USB-C port and a 3.5mm jack. If you’re looking to connect older devices, or use a thumb drive while charging, you’ll need to pick up an adapter.

Heading around to the front of the tablet, you’ll find what most reviews agree is the star of the show--a 12-inch 2160-by-1440 Super AMOLED display. Alphr states, “You’d be hard pushed to find a better display on a device this size, be it a tablet, laptop or convertible.” Much like the displays in their mobile phones, the AMOLED tech from Samsung in the TabPro S offers increased contrast, deep blacks and rich color.

However, a few reviews pointed out how annoyed they were about the screen dimming after a minute of idling. Ars Technica highlighted a reason for this--AMOLED displays degrade over time. The more the display is used, the weaker the image becomes. If you’re looking for a long-term investment, only time will tell how long the screen will keep it’s awesome quality. Ars Technica is a bit more skeptical than many reviewers, saying, “One day, perhaps in the not too distant future, that beautiful screen is going to be ruined.”

Unlike many of Samsung’s previous tablets, the TabPro S is running a full-featured version of WIndows 10 Home. This means you can access the same email apps, productivity tools and media streaming options as you would at the home or office. Powering the hybrid, you’ll find a 2.2Ghz dual-core Intel Core M processor and 4GB of RAM. Reviews were wholly positive in terms of both performance. The Inquirer noted that the fanless processor offers, “an impressively silent experience, even when carrying out performance-intensive tasks.”

While most reviews were happy with performance, they were all quick to point out that is a light-duty and productivity device. Try loading up the latest games or rendering video and you’re likely to be disappointed. One area of contention among reviewers was the amount of RAM. While 4GB is plenty for basic usage, The Next Web noted, “While it rarely slowed down, Chrome and Edge did reload tabs frequently when things got really busy – this is not a machine for you if you need to have 30 tabs open at any given time.”
If you’re planning to snap pictures, video chat or scan documents using your tablet, the TabPro S includes 5+ MP front and rear-facing cameras. You’ll also find 128GB of SATA storage on-board to store your apps, media and other essentials.

Adding to the portability of the hybrid, you’ll find a 5,200mAh internal battery. Reviewers found that Samsung’s 10-hour battery life claim was fairly accurate. Mobile Syrup used their test model to work for a day and found, “The device lasted 13 hours before shutting off, much over a full work day.” PC World pushed the limits further--looping 4K video--and found, “The TabPro S gave us almost nine hours of playback.”

To help it bridge the gap between tablet and laptop, the TabPro S includes a keyboard and leather protective case. The keyboard also doubles as a stand, offering an upright and reclined angle depending on your needs.

Unlike many of its competitors, the TabPro S comes with the keyboard at no additional charge. Unfortunately, the reviews of the keyboard are all over the map. The Next Web was fairly positive, saying, “The typing experience is decent for a keyboard this thin, but not great in the grand scheme.” However, most reviews noted issues with adjusting to the cramped keyboard and described the keys as mushy. The trackpad didn’t fare much better. Ars Technica was perhaps the most critical, saying, “If you're tempted to pick it up laptop style, by grasping the keyboard with the screen still open, the whole thing bends.”

Overall, reviews of the TabPro S were positive. The hybrid appears to have minor issues with the keyboard and a lack of connectivity options, but otherwise functions as well as the specs hint it might. PC World highlights this in their summary of the device, calling it, “An awesome little convertible, even with the keyboard’s drawbacks and the curious screen-dimming behavior.”
The Next Web sums up opinions well, saying, “The TabPro S is the best Windows tablet at being ‘just a tablet’ so far – and it’s not too shabby as an actual computer, too.”


Operating system
Windows
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
12"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


APC

A slick 12-inch tablet with a great screen, but without a stylus, it falls short of being a true Surface competitor.

- Jason Cipriani , APC
Reviewed

The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is arguably more successful as a tablet than a 2-in-1, and that’s mostly due to its cumbersome keyboard and awkward stand angles. But if you can get past the shakiness of the TabPro trying to be your next ultrabook, there’s a lot to appreciate about it. F...

- Michael Desjardin, Reviewed
Mobile Choice

I love that Samsung pack a robust keyboard cover alongside the tablet and that the TabPro S has a great battery life but then the Core M3 processor isn't the fastest or the smartest and we all know that Windows is not without its issues. However, Samsung do what Microsoft has never been able to do v...

- Sunetra Chakravarti, Mobile Choice
Pocket-lint

Overall, Samsung's first bash at a laptop-replacement tablet gets plenty of things right. It runs full Windows 10, lasts for a full working day, has a bright and colourful screen (although it's not class-leading in terms of resolution), and a solid design compared to Samsung tablets of old.

- Mike Lowe, Pocket-lint
What Mobile

I love the TabPro S, I really do. It has proven to be convenient, powerful and useful during my times of need. It has that Samsung design language that you can stare at for hours, although that would be kinda creepy so maybe do something on the TabPro S itself. Jokes aside would I buy the TabPro S?...

- Manny Pham, What Mobile


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Screen Size
12"

The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S's screen size is 12 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Intel Core M Dual core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
5200mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5200 mAh battery.

Galaxy TabPro S Specs

Overview
Release date February 28, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
Data:
LTE
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Intel Core M Dual core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.03 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5200 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 11 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.9 x 29.0 x 0.6 cm (7.8 x 11.4 x 0.2 in)
Weight 696 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 216 pixels
Size 12 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP4, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
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