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Samsung Reveals Professional-Grade Tablets

Samsung unveiled new workhorse Android tablets at CES, two of which feature monstrous 12.2-inch displays.

Samsung's NotePRO 12.2
Samsung's NotePRO 12.2

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User Rank: Ninja
1/8/2014 | 1:08:00 PM
Re: professional?
Generally speaking the "professional" model from a device context is one that plays well in corporate environments.  So maybe these Samsung devices allow better integation with Active directory, System Center, and Sync servers.  But I'm betting Samsung just needs a phase to indicate a higher price point.
User Rank: Ninja
1/8/2014 | 8:31:55 AM
Re: professional?
Hyperthreading does not advance work simultaneously.  Hyperthreading is a way to improve performance by reducing context switching.  It allows the OS to schedule work on more cores than actually exist.  If hyperthreading is in play and the OS is scheduling work on four cores, in the past this has meant the processor has two genuine cores and two virtual cores.  For any given clock cycle, only two genuine cores complete work simultaneously.  

As always there's no free lunch in that if the OS is not hyperthreading aware, it can actually make incorrect scheduling decisions and reduce peformance.  For instance, if the OS schedules work on two cores (one physical and one virtual) and leaves the others idle, it will have asked one physical core to complete all the work instead of dividing it equally between the two physical cores.  As far as the OS is concerned, it did the right thing by scheduling the work simultaneously.  A hyperthreading aware OS won't make that mistake.
User Rank: Apprentice
1/7/2014 | 4:28:05 PM
Re: professional?
The new Ramos i12 ($299) is one other 12 inch Android tablet to launch in January and offers one of Intel's latest processors with Hyper-Threading technology that runs four threads simultaneously and outperforms many quad-core tablets in benchmark tests --

The Ramos i12 also features a high resolution 1920x1200 HD display, 2GB Ram/ 16GB memory, a powerful 10,000 mAh battery, built-in GPS, and a sleek design with double-sided, Crystal plate glass and ultra-light aluminum frame...

One of the first sources the Ramos i12 is available through is-- Tab l et Sp r i nt - which also currently offers a promotion with 4G Internet with 500MB of data every month at no cost (4G adapter included) with free service available in most major metro regions nationwide...
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
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1/7/2014 | 4:12:51 PM
Re: professional?
That's a good question, Tom. I think security features are another differentiator between consumer and enterprise, but with BYOD that's a fuzzy distinction too. 
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
1/7/2014 | 4:05:45 PM
What exactly makes these tablets "professional"? Usually that term means either "like the consumer model, but we charge you more" or "made well enough that you can use it constantly rather than occassionally."
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