It seems like Samsung could not stop themselves from releasing new tablets and smartphones every few months.
The South Korean brand recently added the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, 10.1 and 8.4 versions to their wide range of tablets. These gadgets, especially the 12.2-inch variants, created a whole new segment of tablets with gigantic screens. They received a major face lift in terms of processing speed and screen resolution when compared to the previous tablet models from Samsung.
Undoubtedly, the display on all four devices looks stunning at a resolution of 2560◊1600. The aspect ratio of 16:10 makes them ideal for watching movies on the go. The pixel-per-inch density of the 12.2 inch Note Pro and Tab Pro is 247 ppi while that of the 8.4 and 10.1 inch versions is 359 ppi and 299 ppi, respectively.
Operating System and User Interface:
All the four tablets ship in with Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top. The software contains plenty of Samsung apps, but it is the Galaxy Note Pro that has additional applications for the S Pen; the Tab Pro models do not come with this feature.
Build Quality and Weight:
Both the Tab Pro and Note Pro have the same plastic body that is found in all Samsung tablets. On the back side, you will find the faux leather that Samsung started using with the Galaxy Note 3. The increase in screen size adds extra weight to the 12.2 versions. The Note Pro weighs 750 g while the Tab Pro is slightly lighter at 732 g. The 10.1 and 8.4 versions of the Tab Pro weigh 469 g and 331 g, respectively. All the variants are available in black and white colors.
Processor and Storage:
The processor that ships in with 12.2-inch versions varies for both the 3G and 4G versions. The 3G and Wi-Fi models of the Note Pro and the Wi-Fi model of the Tab Pro come with an Exonys Octa chip that is quad-core and clocked at 1.9 GHz, and the 4G versions are powered by a quad-core, 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip that supplies the extra processing capacity. For smoothly running the applications, the 12.2-inch versions have 3 GB of RAM while the smaller Tab Pros have only 2 GB. The 12.2-inch Note Pro and the Tab Pro versions are available with 32 GB and 64 GB of internal storage, and the 10.1 and 8.4 versions of the Tab Pro come with either 16 GB or 32 GB of storage. Just like any other Samsung device, all the four models support expansion of the internal memory through microSD cards.
Both the Tab Pro and Note Pro 12.2 have a mammoth battery of 9,500 mAh capacity. The Tab Pro 10.1 and 8.4 have batteries of 8,220 mAh and 4,800 mAh capacity, respectively.
Apart from the screen, camera is the area that saw great improvement. All the four models have an 8 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera. While the rear camera delivers decent picture and video quality, the front one is sufficient for video chatting.
For the excellent hardware and latest software Samsung is offering with these tablets, they are aptly priced. After a minor decrease in their prices, these gadgets cost as follows. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (32 GB) costs $618 while the 12.2 (32 GB), 10.1 (16 GB) and 8.4 (16 GB) versions of the Galaxy Tab Pro cost $600, $450 and $370, respectively.
Overall, the Galaxy Note Pro and all the three devices of the Tab Pro series offer good value for the money you spend. The Note Pro has some excellent features for taking notes that makes it an ideal gadget for business users and students. The only downside for the Tab Pro is the lack of S Pen and you will have to use your fingers on a 12.2-inch screen. Also, the 12.2-inch devices are on the heavier side, but that is a sacrifice you will have to make for a large screen.
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