Samsung may be fighting a tough battle to save its reputation amidst the hullabaloo of exploding smartphones, but the tech giant today unveiled an all-new premium gold version of its Galaxy TabPro S tablet.
Earlier this year, the company launched the first version of its TabPro S device, aimed at anyone seeking a super-thin and light Windows 10-based tablet. Now, with the Galaxy TabPro S Gold Edition, Samsung has given the specs a boost, blinged it up a little, and added an extra $100 to the price.
Sporting 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state hard-drive, the TabPro S Gold Edition has essentially double the storage capacity of its predecessor. But everything else remains the same, from what we can tell.
While the original TabPro S sold for $900, it can actually be purchased now for $100 less, as part of a special promotion. The new version of the tablet goes on sale in the U.S. today for $1,000 through Best Buy and Samsung.com, among other retailers.
Samsung’s woes have piled on in recent months. Introduced in early August, Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 phablet was met with positive reviews before reports surfaced that some people had encountered exploding batteries that caused their device to catch fire. Following a vast replacement program, reports emerged that the replacement devices were also catching fire. As a result, the Galaxy Note7 was pulled indefinitely, and the company cut its Q3 profits forecast by a third, to $4.6 billion. Undoubtedly, the impact on its future profits will be felt for some time.
In light of the recent bout of bad press, it’s not clear whether there is still high demand for the Samsung Galaxy brand, but this is the company’s first device to go to market following the Galaxy Note7 debacle, so it will be interesting to see how well it’s received.