Samsung intros largest tablets yet

Samsung is launching 12.2-inch tablet. (Samsung)

Samsung is launching 12.2-inch tablet. (Samsung)


, Last Updated: 6:55 PM ET

With the launch of its Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO, unveiled in a world premiere at CES 2014, Samsung is betting on demand for a new, larger tablet size. Both of the new models will be available in a 12.2-inch version, featuring a 16:10 format LCD screen with 2,560X1,600 pixels. The two tablets are 4G/LTE compatible and run the latest version of Android, KitKat.

The Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO are both powered by the Exynos 5 dual quad-core processors clocking 1.9 GHz and 1.3 GHz (or Snapdragon 800 at 2.3 GHz for the 4G/LTE version). The tablets feature an 8 MP camera and 3 GB of RAM. Both come with Samsung's signature stylus, the S Pen.

These two new high-end tablets include features for everyday life and entertainment as well as a number of tools for business. A multi-tasking mode allows users to view up to four different applications at once by splitting the screen into as many windows.

Through several partnerships, Samsung offers up to $700 US in free subscriptions with the purchase of one of its new tablets. Subject to availability in different markets, users can enjoy free cloud storage through Dropbox or Bitcasa, notetaking through Evernote, professional social networking through LinkedIn, and financial and business news through Bloomberg Businessweek+.

While the Galaxy NotePRO will be sold exclusively in the new 12.2-inch format, the Galaxy TabPRO will also be offered in the more traditional 10.1-inch and 8.4-inch sizes. Other than the additional available sizes, the Galaxy NotePRO stands out for its inclusion of the Samsung TouchWiz user interface and is slightly heavier than the TabPRO of the same size (750 g vs 732 g).

These two new tablets, slated to ship before the end of Q1 2014, could open the door to a new standard tablet size, just as speculation on a 12-inch iPad begins to make the rounds on high-tech websites.