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(AAPL) have been in a fight over the past few years in seemingly every market. Smartphones, tablets, computers, and soon it could be wearable technology. But it looks like the next fight is for the business user using tablets.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Samsung unveiled four new tablets aimed at the business professional. The Galaxy Tab Pro tablet will come in 8.4-inch, 10.1-inch and 12.2-inch models, while the Note Pro only has a 12.2-inch screen. Both tablets are designed to allow users to do more with their tablets, as tablets increasingly take over computing needs for both the enterprise and consumer alike.
The Pro devices are optimized for Cisco (CSCO) WebEx, and allow up to 20 devices to be synched all at once, enabling an e-meeting to take place. The new tablets, which are available in the first quarter of the year, are designed to allow users to do more with a tablet. Tablets originally were seen as more of a consumption device, as users used tablets to watch movies and surf the Web but not actually create.
The Samsung tablets run on Google (GOOG) Android 4.4, codenamed KitKat, and come in both Wi-Fi and LTE options. Both tablets sport an 8 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front camera. The Galaxy Pro tablets are pretty thin, coming in at 7.2 millimeters and 7.3 millimeters, respectively.
Samsung didn't announce pricing for the new Android-based tablets at the event.
In recent weeks, it has been rumored that Apple is working on its "pro" version of its popular iPad, though nothing has been confirmed. Apple is reportedly working on a device that would merge the popularity of the iPad for consumption, and the ability to create with its MacBook lineup.
In the past, Samsung has been first to market with some devices, including its smartwatch, dubbed Galaxy Gear, which is seen as a flop. It remains to be seen whether tablets designed for business consumers will flop or whether the market is just getting started.
--Written by Chris Ciaccia in Las Vegas.
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