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Hands-on review: Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 review


Hands-on review: Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 review

The biggest Samsung Galaxy Tab so far made its legit debut at CES 2014, physically overshadowing smaller devices thanks to its massive 12.2-inch screen.

We went all ten fingers on the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2’s spacious WQXGA LCD with a 2560×1600 resolution and found that the dimensions aren’t as ridiculous as they seem at first. That’s because this foot-long display was immediately made useful when we ran Google Docs, a Spreadsheet, a YouTube video and the Chrome browser in four Multi Windows.

The Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 ends up being a business-appropriate tablet that happens to have a consumer-friendly new TouchWiz interface called Magazine UX. It’s overlayed on top of Android KitKat and presented the widgets in the grid style of Flipboard.

The screen size makes all of these boxed-off widgets readily visible even when split into the smallest subsets. We certainly didn’t face the cramped quarters problem we’ve seen on some 7-inch tablets.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 vs Note Pro 12.2

The difference between the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 and Note Pro 12.2 comes down to one very fine point – a pointy stylus S pen.

Whereas Samsung’s newest and largest Note includes the plastic-feeling S Pen and handy Air Command functionality, the Tab Pro sticks with a touch-based interface.

That actually makes the 12.2 inches all the more important, especially for someone who intends to focus on productivity and doesn’t want their fingers to wander into bezel territory all of the time.

The remaining specs are exactly the same between the two new 12-inch tablets. It really comes down to whether or not you’re a touch person or a touch and pen person.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 specs

While the large screen is the highlight of this Samsung tablet, the remaining specs are impressive too.

The Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 packs an Exynos 5 Octa that for the WiFi and 3G models. This chip runs a combo of quadcore processor of 1.9GHz and 1.3 GHz.

Opting for the faster speeds of the LTE model leaves you with the less exciting Samsung 800 2.3GHz quadcore processor configuration. Like a lot of Samsung devices, it’s going to be region-specific, so the choice unfortunately isn’t yours to make. Luckily, all regions receive the healthy 3GB of data that allow Multi Window to keep up to four apps running all at once.

The back of the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 is either white or black depending on your color choice and is sports a rear camera that snaps 8-megapixel photos. Auto-focus, an LED flash and zero shutter lag are all part of the Samsung’s camera software. In the front, a 2-megapixel camera brings video conferencing to this business-friendly tablet.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro line also comes in smaller 10.1 and 8.4-inch versions, but the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 specs are superior just likes its screen size.

The stylus-compatible Note 12.2 has some great drawing capabilities and the same specs, but it’s likely to cost more than the touchscreen-only Tab 12.2 as a result. That being said, the official Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro prices haven’t been announced, even though we were able to play around with the hardware of both tablets. Samsung should divulge pricing information soon. It plans to start rolling out both of its 12.2-inch tablets within the next three months.