Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE Review and Gaming Performance

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE Review and Gaming PerformanceHi everyone, glad to see again here!

Earlier, there is one awesome tablet that i just showed you in the previous review - Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4.

According to my personal review, i believed this tablet would be great for gaming - no single doubt about that.

And that’s because Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is packing some of the best internal hardware around the tablet market to date – from the highest-resolution 2560x1600 pixel display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM and some other high-grade specs.

So it’s really easy for me to recommend you this tablet especially if you’re looking for an 8-inch media-consumption tablet with great gaming performance.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE benchmarks and gaming performance

Anyway, besides that 8.4-inch model of Samsung Tab Pro family, today, - as i’ve promised in the previous review -, i also want to show you the other Samsung tablet under the same series, but with a much larger display.

And that is the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1.

However, given that this tablet consists in 2 models with 2 different processors – Snapdragon 800 and Samsung Exynos 5 Octa for the LTE and WiFi-only models respectively -, so i’ll probably start with the LTE model with Snapdragon 800 first, while the WiFi-only model of this tablet will get its turn in my next review.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE – similar just like the rest of Samsung Tab Pro line – also shares pretty similar hardware specs with its “Tab Pro” siblings.
  • From the same 2.5K display (2560x1600 pixels),
  • the same 2GB of RAM, the same processor,
  • the same GPU,
  • the same Android KitKat build with the same UI,
  • the same 8MP rear-facing camera
  • and pretty much everything on this 10.1 model has some pretty similar specs with its siblings.
And that means, this tablet will also be great for gaming.

Well, if you’re interested to get to know with this tablet, then here you can check out my personal review of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE.

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Introduction

As the name of this tablet implies, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE is a 10.1-inch tablet with LTE cellular connectivity enabled.

However, they are not the main reason why Samsung made this tablet.

Unlike the original Samsung GALAXY Tab without Pro nametag, this Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE – along with the rest of Tab Pro line -, brings something fresh to the all Samsung GALAXY devices.

In fact, what Samsung brings to this tablet also gives something new to the entire Android ecosystem.

And that is no other than the brand new fresh looking UI.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE Review and Gaming PerformanceDubbed as a Magazine UI, the experience of using this 10.1-inch tablet is definitely so much better than the previous-gen Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 family – which comes with the standard looking Android UI with homescreen, widgets, etc.

It now has a much tidier layout of Android UI, it has more elegant and professional UI design compared to other Android tablets out there, and it now supports some of the features found on Note tablets – like multiple window mode, etc.

So that’s the reason why Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE can be really suitable for those who are looking for a 10.1-inch tablet that is great to use both for a media-consumption and productivity-dedicated device.

But even so, given that this tablet is not equipped with the stylus – the one found on Note series -, then Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE is probably more suitable to use only as a media-consumption device rather than a serious productivity-related tablet.

But the question is, with all the high-grade specs found inside this tablet, does Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE stack up against other 10-inch rivals across the market, especially in terms of gaming performance?

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

So check it out guys!!

Design

Similar just like the original version of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (without PRO), the design of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE actually looks quite similar with that note-taking tablet.

In fact, they both look just the same – with those fake stitching and faux leather case cover, plus the fake metallic looking trim around the side of the tablet.

I personally like this design. It looks more professional and elegant compared to other Samsung GALAXY devices out there (that haven’t adopted this faux leather design).

However, compared to its rivals – like iPad Air or Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 -, then it’s really obvious that Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE doesn't look and feel as elegant and premium as those rivals.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE Review and Gaming Performance

But overall, i still love the entire design of this tablet.

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  • Micro-SIM LTE
  • Released March 2014
  • Weight 477 g
  • 10.1 inch Super clear LCD capacitive touchscreen, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 16M colors (~299 ppi pixel density)
  • Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Chipset
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Android OS 4.4 KitKat
  • Samsung TouchWiz UI
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • microSD memory card slot for up to 64 GB
  • 16/32 GB Internal storage
  • GPRS
  • EDGE
  • HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps
  • HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
  • dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth
  • Infrared port
  • USB
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera, LED flash, autofocus
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • Accelerometer, compass, gyro
  • HTML5
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • Java
  • Li-Ion 8220 mAh battery (Non-removable)
From the hardware standpoint, this tablet is actually no different than all of its siblings, especially the 10.1-inch models.

It still shares the same sharp 2560x1600 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, the same 8MP camera, the same 8220mAh power battery, the same Snapdragon 800 processor ], the same Adreno 330 GPU and even the same Magazine UI pre-installed.

So when it comes to performance, this 10.1-inch model is basically similar with the rest of Pro tablets.

It runs perfectly smooth and fast even when opening many apps or tasks at once – thanks to its 2GB of RAM.

However, the great thing of LTE model of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is, this tablet will have faster performance and smoother experience than the WiFi-only model of this tablet.

The reason is, - as we all know already -, the LTE model of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is getting the treatment of Snapdragon 800 processor, coupled with Adreno 330 GPU running all the graphics-related tasks on this tablet.

And this is really crucial because this tablet deploys some really heavy Magazine UI – with a lot of features come pre-loaded out of the box.

Not to mention, this tablet is packing a highest-resolution display sporting the 2560x1600 pixels - which gives a huge burden to the processor.

So that means, the performance of LTE model Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 definitely will be much faster and smoother than the WiFi-only model.

But the performance difference of both models (LTE and WiFi-only) probably will not be that significant compared to the “original” Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 LTE and WiFi-only models (which both are also using 2 different chipsets).

And that’s because Samsung probably has made a lot of optimizations on the hardware, software and the most importantly on its homemade Exynos 5 Octa processor on the WiFi-only model of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1.

So both models are still more than capable to deliver a decent fast performance and smooth experience to the users, even with those heavy UI and highest-resolution screen.

Screen

One of the strongest points of this tablet is definitely its display. Similar just like the rest of GALAXY Pro tablets, this Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE also shares the same highest-resolution 2560x1600 pixel display.

However, given its screen size difference, unlike the smaller 8.4-inch model that has highest -359 ppi of pixel density, on this Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE, Samsung has to lower its pixel density to -299 in order to adjust to its screen size.

But even so, the display of this tablet still looks insanely sharp and crisp – in fact, this tablet has the best display around the 10-inch tablet market to date, even beating the iPad Air’s Retina Display by miles.

Not to mention, given that this tablet is using Samsung’s usual AMOLED display – which looks really colorful and gorgeous –, then everything that you throw on the screen of this tablet will just look so gorgeous and insanely sharp.

So if you love watching full HD movies, reading books or magazines, checking out photos or playing HD games, this tablet without a doubt will give you an eye-pleasing experience.

And on top of that, this tablet is packing one of the “beast” processors in town – Snapdragon 800 processor.

So this highest-resolution display won’t given a huge impact to its overall performance because this processor is more than capable and adequate to execute all of those 2560x1600 pixels in smooth performance.

User Interface and Features

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE comes pre-installed with the brand new Samsung’s homemade UI called Magazine UI.

This UI is actually pretty similar with the Metro UI on Windows 8 tablets, with all of the tidy square box all over the place or homescreen.

However, the Magazine UI on this tablet is still better than Windows 8’s UI because there are still some influences taken from Android UI that Samsung still inherits on this tablet, like the widgets, the updated RSS news feed and some other more, although they are now in the different shapes.

I personally really like the Magazine UI on this tablet – although i also love the standard Android UI on TouchWiz UI.

It now looks more mature, more elegant, much tidier, more professional and it has more features than the original TouchWiz UI on the Samsung GALAXY devices.

Performance

In terms of performance, without a doubt that Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE screams (and really loud. Lol).

Thanks to the “beast” Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.3GHz processor, accompanied with 2GB of RAM and the other “beast” Adreno 330 GPU, this tablet is just blazing fast in performance.

Even for doing all the graphics-related tasks at once on this tablet – like watching full HD movies, reading books/magazines, checking out photos, browsing the web, using live wallpaper and playing games -, this tablet has no problem at all in delivering a smooth and fast experience to the users.

The performance of this tablet probably contradicts with the WiFi-only model of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 – which is packing the rather less powerful Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, compared to Snapdragon 800.

This Samsung Exynos 5 Octa “octa-core” is actually using big.LITTLE architecture, which only allows the 4-core Cortex-A7 taking the light-weight tasks (like checking out photos, sending text, listening to music, etc), while the other 4-core Cortex-A15 handling the heavy-weight tasks (like watching full HD movies, playing games, etc).

So even though this processor is dubbed as an octa-core processor, in the real world performance, this chipset is actually only allowed to use 4 cores at the same time, not all the 8 cores. As a result, the performance of this chipset is not any powerful than the quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor.

In fact, i’ve already seen the LTE model of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (without Pro) – which is packing Snapdragon 800 – perform much faster and smoother than the 3G model of this same tablet – which is powered by that Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor.

But i might be wrong about this because Samsung probably has improved and tweaked its Exynos 5 Octa processor inside the WiFi-only model of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1.

So they probably won’t have that much difference in performance.

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Given that Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE is a flagship device, equipped with the beast processor and mobile GPU, then it’s really easy to guess that this tablet will just be great for playing games.

In fact, this tablet probably has one of the best gaming performances around the market to date, alongside iPad Air, Sony Xperia Z or other Snapdragon 800 tablets.

So if you’re a big fan of tablet gaming and you always want to be able to play the latest graphically demanding games across the Google Play Store, then Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE is definitely one of the best choices out there.

With Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of GPU equipped, without a doubt this tablet is more than capable to play any of the graphics intense games – like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4 (in fact, the next Modern Combat 5), N.O.V.A 3, Dead Trigger 2, ShadowGun DeadZone, GT Racing 2, GTA Vice City or even GTA San Andreas – all in smooth performance and in full graphics.

If you want to know more about the gaming performance of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out our YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

If you love taking photos or videos with tablet, than this tablet has your hobby covered perfectly.

Thanks to its 8MP rear-facing camera (plus the 2MP front-facing camera), you’ll be able to capture any of your best moments in sharp looking quality.

And given that Samsung GALAXY devices – the flagship ones -, have been known to have great camera quality, then you can expect the same with this tablet.

Its 8MP camera not only will give you some decent looking photos/videos that look great on this tablet, but also the photos/videos that are still worth showing off to your Instagram or even on a much larger HD TV in your house.

Battery Life

The battery capacity that this tablet is packing is similar just like the original Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (without Pro).

It still inherits the same 8220mAh power battery inside.

So for doing any basic media-consumption tasks on this tablet – like watching full HD movies, reading books or magazines, browsing the web, checking out photos or even playing HD games -, this tablet could still deliver you an all-day-long battery life.

However, if you’re type of power users and would like to use this tablet for doing some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen – like watching TV shows in marathon or playing HD games in the row, then you could only expect this tablet to last probably around 8 to 10 hours the longest – of course in one full charge.

But the battery life of this tablet is still considered as great because this tablet is using an insanely highest-resolution display (2560x1600 pixels) – which forces the processor inside this tablet to work harder to execute a lot of pixels, thus draining a lot of energy from its battery.

So getting around 8 to 10 hours of battery life for doing some hardcore heavy intense usage without resting the screen at all is definitely considered as great.

My Personal Opinions

So my final conclusion of this tablet is, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE is definitely one of the best 10-inch tablets out there on the market right now, alongside the iPad Air, Sony Xperia Tablet Z/Z2 or Google Nexus 10.
  • It has the sharpest resolution screen,
  • it has great camera,
  • it has fast and smooth experience with Magazine UI,
  • it has expandable storage with microSD card slot,
  • it has great gaming performance,
  • it has long lasting battery life,
  • it has great looking design
  • and pretty much everything on this tablet is just perfect.
In fact, it’s even really easy for me to recommend you this tablet.

So if you’re still looking for a decent 10-inch tablet with the sharpest display and great gaming performance, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE is definitely one of the best choices out there.

However, given that there are 2 different models under this series (with 2 different processors – Snapdragon 800 for the LTE model, while the WiFi-only model is powered by Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor), i strongly recommend you to pick up the LTE model because this Snapdragon-800-powered model has more powerful and faster performance than the WiFi model.

But even so, the WiFi-only model of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is still a great choice as well, but its performance is still slightly less powerful than the LTE model – especially in gaming performance.

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