Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE Review and Gaming Performance

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June 7, 2014 | 0 comments
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE Review and Gaming PerformanceHi guys, welcome back to this site!

Earlier, i’ve just showed you one tablet from Samsung under the flag Samsung Galaxy Note Pro series – the 3G model.

According to what i’ve seen on this huge tablet, Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 3G is a really great tablet – in fact, it is the best tablet around the market – especially if you’re looking for a decent productivity tablet with huge screen real estate.

Not only is this tablet great as a productivity device, but it’s also great as a media-consumption and even gaming tablet, thanks to its monster specs.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE benchmarks and gaming performance

After showing you the 3G model of this tablet, - as i promised to you in the previous review -, today, i will also bring up the LTE model of Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 to this review.

Compared to the 3G model, there’s actually not much difference with the LTE model.

They both share the same exact 12.2-inch display sporting the resolution of 2560x1600 pixels, the same 3GB of RAM, the same 8MP and 2MP cameras back and front, the same huge 9500mAh power battery, the same design and they both even have the same exact S-Pen stylus (along with its dedicated port on the back).

However, there is one thing – actually there are 2 things – that separate these 2 tablets.

And they are their processors and their mobile GPUs.

If the 3G model of Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is packing Samsung octa-core Exynos 5 Octa processor and Mali T628 MP6 GPU, then the LTE model is getting the “real” beast – Snapdragon 800 processor, coupled with Adreno 330 GPU, which are more powerful than the internals found inside the 3G model.

Well, if you’re interested to know more about this note-taking tablet, especially its gaming performance, then here you go, my personal review of Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE.

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Okay then, without further ado, here you go, check out my personal review of Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE.

Introduction

Last year, Samsung releases 2 different models of its latest GALAXY Note series, the original Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the larger model - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition), with the 8-inch GALAXY Note becoming the previous-gen model, not the latest.

However, in 2014, Samsung apparently has visions on another market – a more serious market. And that is a productivity tablet market.

As we all know already, in the productivity tablet market, we’re already familiar with the likes of Asus Transformer tablets, Microsoft Surface Pro or any other Windows 8 Pro keyboard-dock-equipped tablets.

But apparently, Samsung doesn’t specifically target this market, instead, this Korean-based manufacturer wants to create a new tablet market in this category (productivity tablet category).

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE Review and Gaming PerformanceAnd Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is Samsung’s answer for this new market.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE is actually no different than the older-gen Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1-inch variant.

It still inherits the same concept design with the predecessors, it has the same exact internals, it has the same S-Pen stylus (and its dedicated “hole”/port) and pretty much everything on this huge 12.2-inch tablet is the mirror of its predecessors – only in a much bigger size.

However, that’s not the reason why Samsung decides to enlarge this tablet series to a huge 12.2".

Through this tablet, Samsung also wants to introduce a brand new experience that can’t be found on the predecessors.

To name of few, there are many new “goodies” on this 12.2-inch tablet that can’t be found on the smaller models, - from a larger display (of course), a bigger battery (which is adjusted according to screen size actually) and the most importantly, the brand new experience of Magazine UI, as opposed to the TouchWiz UI on predecessors.

On this Magazine UI, Samsung not only makes a design overhaul to the older TouchWiz UI, but it also adds new features related to S-Pen, not to mention improves and tweaks the overall performance of this tablet.

Speaking of features, on Magazine UI, now you are allowed to open 4 multi-window apps/tasks at the same time (like YouTube videos, web browser, calculators, note, music player, video player, calendar, etc), which also can be found on the smaller 10.1-inch and 12.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro tablets.

But the question remains, with all of these new goodies, plus with the monster specs, does Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE have what it takes to be a great productivity tablet?

Well, we’re about to find out more about that in this review.

Design

In terms of design, Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE still inherits all the “fake” elements of its predecessors (GALAXY Note 3 and Note 10.1) – from the same fake stitching and faux leather rear cover, and of course the fake metallic trim around the side of bezel.

Even though this tablet still doesn’t feel as premium as iPad Air or Sony Xperia Z, i personally still like the design of this tablet.

In fact, i think Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (along with the Note 3 and Note 10.1) has the best design that Samsung ever has ever made on all of its GALAXY devices.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE Review and Gaming Performance

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE Review and Gaming Performance

It looks premium, elegant and professional for a productivity-related tablet.

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  • Released March 2014
  • Micro-SIM LTE
  • Weight 753 g
  • S Pen stylus
  • 12.2 inch Super clear LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 2560 x 1600 pixels, (~247 ppi pixel density)
  • Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Chipset
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 3 GB RAM
  • Android OS 4.4 KitKat
  • Samsung TouchWiz UI
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • microSD memory card slot for up to 64 GB
  • 32/64 GB Internal storage
  • GPRS
  • EDGE
  • HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps
  • HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps;
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth
  • Infrared
  • USB
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera, LED flash and autofocus
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • Accelerometer, gyro, compass
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • Java
  • Li-Ion 9500 mAh battery (Non-removable)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE shares some similar hardware specs just like the 10.1-inch variant of Note tablet (without Pro) – from the same 2560x1600 pixel resolution display, the same Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, the same huge battery capacity, the same 8MP rear-facing camera and 2MP front-facing snapper and pretty much everything on this tablet is the same one found on the original 10.1-inch model.

However, as the name of this tablet implies, now Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE brings some new goodies that can’t be found on the predecessor – like a much larger 12.2-inch display, many new features and pre-loaded apps (especially the ones related to S-Pen), a much larger battery capacity (9500mAh, which actually is adjusted according to screen size), and the most importantly, the brand new Magazine UI.

Overall, i’m really impressed with the whole thing on this tablet – even its new UI.

In fact, with all of these goodies and new goodies, Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE deserves to be the best note-taking tablet on the market right now.

This tablet also deserves to be the best media-consumption and productivity tablet around the market to date.

However, around the productivity tablet market, i don’t think this tablet is the winner here given that Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has more complete elements of a real productivity tablet than Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE.

Screen

Similar just like the predecessor, this 12.2-inch tablet also shares the same exact 2560x1600 pixel resolution on its display – as well as the other Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro tablets.

However, given that this tablet is packing a much larger 12.2-inch display, then one adjustment has to be made by Samsung on this tablet. And that is its pixel density.

Unlike the 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Note (without PRO) that has -299 ppi, now the larger 12.2-inch model has lower -247 ppi.

However, the sharpness between these 2 tablets are probably not really noticeable for human eyes.

They both look insanely sharp and crisp – although the smaller model definitely looks much sharper than the larger model - if they're pitted together on the same table.

The great thing about this tablet is, thanks to its monster specs (Snapdragon 800 and Adreno 330 GPU) - even with all of those lots of pixels - this tablet is still more than capable to deliver a fast and smooth experience to users.

And more amazingly, its battery life could still last really long even with heavy intense usage.

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Unlike the 3G model of this tablet, Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE features a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz per core (as opposed to the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor on the 3G model), 3GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU.

With all of these specs, then this tablet is – without a doubt – beast in performance. Even with that highest-resolution display, this tablet is still more than capable to deliver a fast and smooth steady performance to the users.

So for doing simple basic tasks like watching full HD movies, reading books/magazines, browsing the web, using live wallpaper or checking out photos, this tablet won’t have any problem to execute all of these tasks – even at once – in smooth experience.

It goes the same with playing games.

Thanks to those monster specs, any games that you see on Google Play Store, from simple games to the most graphics intense titles like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4 (even 5), N.O.V.A 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Dead Trigger 2, ShadowGun DeadZone, GTA Vice City or even GTA San Andreas – all can be played perfectly on this tablet in smooth performance and the most importantly in full highest graphics.

As a gaming tablet, no doubt this tablet is really superior for that matter.

However, given that Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE is packing a huge 12.2-inch display – which is really huge -, then this tablet may not be such an ideal device for playing games.

If you love gaming, your hands would probably feel really exhausted when holding this tablet for many many hours.

Not to mention, its huge and sharpest display could also give you headache if you look at the screen without resting your eyes for long hours (as experienced by TheVerge reviewer).

So i suggest you to pick up the smaller 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Note (2014 edition without PRO) if you’re mainly gonna use this tablet for gaming.

If you want to know more about the gaming performance of Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out our YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

When it comes to camera, then we should ask no question about the camera quality of this tablet.

As many of you know – many of Samsung flagship devices have been popularly known to have great cameras. So with that being said, then you can expect the same thing on this 12.2-inch tablet.

Not only do the photos/videos taken with this tablet look good on your Instagram or Twitter accounts, but they also look great even on your huge HD TV in your house.

So if you happen to love micro or even macro photography, then your hobby will be accommodated very well on this tablet.

Battery Life

Samsung decides to cram a huge 9500mAh power battery inside this Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE.

This huge battery capacity is actually adjusted according to screen size, with the biggest variant getting the biggest battery capacity.

However, having a 9500mAh power battery inside a tablet is still considered as really huge – as huge as the battery capacity of Google Nexus 10, Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10, etc.

So when it comes to battery life, you definitely can count on this tablet to provide you many many hours of usage. But this will also come down to which type of users are you.

If you’re type of moderate users and will only use this tablet in some moderate usage in combined screen on/off time, then you can expect this tablet to last probably in one solid day – or even 2 days -, of course in one full charge.

However, if you’re type of power users and are gonna use this tablet for doing some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen – like for watching full HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, then it could probably last around 8 to 10 hours, which is still great for a media-consumption tablet.

My Personal Opinions

So my final conclusion of this tablet is, i personally think that Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE is no doubt a decent note-taking tablet – just like the 3G model -, especially if you’re looking for a large productivity tablet with monster high-end specs.
  • It has a huge and sharpest display,
  • it has professional looking design,
  • it has fast processor and powerful GPU,
  • it has huge RAM,
  • it has great camera,
  • it has long-lasting battery life,
  • it has awesome Magazine UI
  • and pretty much everything on this tablet is just awesome – no argue to that.
However, if you’re only looking for a media-consumption and gaming tablet, i strongly suggest you to pick up the smaller Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition without PRO) given that this model shares the same exact hardware specs just like the 12.2-inch Pro variant.

From the same 2560x1600 pixel display, the same Snapdragon 800 processor, the same Adreno 330 GPU, the same 8MP rear-facing camera, the same huge battery capacity (8220mAh), the same huge 3GB of RAM, and many other similar specs.

But even so, Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE is still a great productivity tablet to buy.

This tablet may be more suitable to buy for people with professional career like employees, staff or anyone works in institutions or organizations.

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