Samsung offered the biggest tablet news at last month's CES -- literally speaking, that is. It hopes to jump-start the super-sized tablet market with the forthcoming Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, whose screen size is comparable to a small (or convertible) laptop rather than a conventional 7-inch, 8-inch, or 10-inch tablet.
While the company detailed some specs in January -- 2,560x1,600 12.2-inch display, 64GB of capacity, Android 4.4 KitKat -- other details like pricing and release date were notably absent. Now, we have a better idea, thanks to a listing on the Office Depot website.
According to the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 product page, the massive (1.6-pound) tablet is ready to pre-order for $849.99. If you choose to cough up that large sum -- albeit still $50 less than the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 -- Office Depot says the device will be released on February 13.
The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 represents a gamble on the part of Samsung on a future for larger tablets even as more and more models are favoring the 7-inch and 8-inch "mini" form factors. It may be pre-emptively striking in case Apple delivers on its long-rumored bigger iPad (or iPad Pro). For the moment, the Note Pro 12.2 won't be the biggest in the mega-tablet market -- it's dwarfed by the far larger, far pricier Panasonic 20-inch ToughPad 4K -- but it willl be the most visible.
Is $850 too high a price for a 12.2-inch tablet, or is it priced appropriately for the extra screen size? Will the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 be a success at this price? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback section below.