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It has been quite a while since we were first introduced to a tablet device, and thus camps started to form around laptop users on one side and tablet enthusiasts on the other. As tablets began to rise in both power and functionality, people started to see them as more viable business solutions due to their compact and on-the-go nature.

Microsoft took advantage of this shift in the market and came up with something truly innovative: the 2-1 or hybrid device. Acting as both laptops and tablets, the devices in Microsoft’s Surface line have grown in popularity and demand considerably since they were first introduced to tech consumers.

Operating Windows 10 and with the capability of transforming into a tablet at will by removing the keyboard completely, the Surface devices are the most flexible device available in terms of both efficiency and comfort.

Samsung took notice of this and has come up with a hybrid device on their own. While Samsung products usually run on Google’s Android, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S operates with Microsoft’s Windows 10. The Windows 10 feature is one of the aspects that keep the hybrid as a viable solution in an enterprise environment.

Let’s see how the GalaxyTab Pro S fares against the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft’s top contender in the hybrid market, which they currently dominate.


Although Samsung’s device is trying to emulate the Surface series in terms of business viability, it gives off stronger tablet vibes. This is also supported by the fact that the GalaxyTab Pro S is a much lighter device than the Surface Pro 4, making it more comfortable to hold as a tablet. Although considerably heavier, the Surface Pro 4 features an array of ports and connection types such as microSD, USB 3.0, Mini Display. The GalaxyTab Pro S features a lonely USB-C port that is reminiscent of Apple’s flawed design where everything is connected to one port so users can’t complete tasks such as charging and connecting the headphones simultaneously.

Display and Performance

Both devices come with 12 inches on the display, with the main difference being that the TabPro S uses AMOLED, compared to Microsoft’s IPS. On the hardware side, the Galaxy device features an m3 dual core processing chip  and 4 GB of RAM. The internal storage can ramp up to 256 GB. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 also comes with an m3 basic version, but also has i5 and i7 models that come paired with 4, 8 and 16 GB of RAM respectively. The internal storage can go up to 1 TB.