Midas touches Samsung TabPro S and gets a Gold Edition

— 3:47 PM on October 17, 2016

Samsung is on a product-release tear lately. Not content with gracing the eyes of gamers everywhere with quantum-dot-infused monitors, the electronics giant has used a little Touch of Midas on its Galaxy TabPro S. This new Gold Edition comes dressed in a golden finish, to nobody's surprise.

The TabPro S Gold Edition shares more than a few similarities with its more understated cousin, but it also offers a couple upgrades to go with its flashy paint job. The form factor remains unchanged—the machine is a 12" 2-in-1 convertible running Windows 10. A two-core, four-thread Core m3-6Y30 CPU provides the machine's processing power, this time around accompanied by 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The battery pack is the same 5,200mAh unit that ought to last 10.5 hours while playing video. Samsung says the battery should be fully charged in two hours and a half.

The real star of the show is the screen: a 12" AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2160x1440. That works out to an aspect ratio of 3:2 and 216 PPI. Seeing as it's AMOLED, the display ought to offer blacks that Spin╠łal Tap would die for along with a contrast ratio around "plus infinity." For connectivity, the Tab Pro S Gold Edition offers both USB Type-A and Type-C ports, an HDMI output, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO support.

The machine weights a mere 1.5 lbs (or 685g). Samsung will be selling it for $1000 on October 14 at Best Buy and samsung.com, and its keyboard and stand included in the price. Interested buyers can acquire the optional TabPro Pen for $49.59.

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