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Samsung Galaxy TabPro S unboxing & hands-on review

We unboxed Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro S; the company’s first 2-in-1 Windows tablet, which was originally unveiled at CES 2016.

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

Based on the £849 price tag, we were expecting an elaborate package, flaunting the key features of Samsung’s monster slate, but the TabPro S comes in a rather unassuming box – a matte black affair with the foiled product name in the corner. Aside from a brief line on the dimensions and the connectivity variant of the contents, it’s devoid of any useful information at all, but that just builds the anticipation, if you’re into unboxings.

Lifting the lid you’re presented with the TabPro S itself, wrapped in a protective cloth sleeve with the product’s name again emblazoned in the centre. Lifting it out of the shallow plastic tray, we realised that it’s certainly one of Samsung’s heavier mobile devices at 693 grams, but it also felt sturdy, well built and sliding it from the sleeve, noticed the high level of fit and finish too.

It doesn’t feel like a far cry from Apple’s larger iPad Pro, packing a similarly-sized 12-inch display and a metal frame with precision chamfering and micro-drilled speaker grilles on either side. There are a number of hardware buttons on one corner (for power, Start and volume control) and the whole thing is just 6.3mm thick, with what feels like a (smudge-prone) fibreglass back.

Contrary to the box our device arrived in, the TabPro S comes in a 4G LTE flavour as well as a standard WiFi-only model, but the extra freedom of cellular connectivity does add £50 to that already high price tag.

Back to the box, and underneath the tray holding the TabPro S itself sits a card container where you’ll find the essential accessory that gives the slate its 2-in-1 functionality, the keyboard cover; colour-matched to complement your tablet in black or white depending on which colourway you opted for.

It’s clean, unassuming, with a faux leather finish and at 4.9 millimetres, doesn’t add too much chunk to the TabPro S’ svelte waistline, whilst providing a little protection too. It also features magnetic attachments for convenience and dual folds to accommodate to viewing positions for the slate.

The last pieces of the puzzle are the obvious essentials, a quick-start guide, Samsung’s standard UK USB power adapter with Adaptive Fast Charging support and a USB to USB Type-C connection, which ups the convenience factor with its reversible design. It is, however, worth noting that the TabPro S only has the one port and no microSD expandability, so much like Apple’s newest MacBook you might need to invest in some adapter if you plan on making this your primary device.

Stay tuned for a full review of the Samsung TabPro S soon. You can pick up the Galaxy TabPro S from O2 right now, from £41 per month.

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