Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 Review and Gaming Performance (WiFi-only)

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June 7, 2014 | 0 comments
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 Review and Gaming Performance (WiFi-only)Hi everyone, welcome back to this site!

Yesterday, i’ve already showed you some of the interesting tablets from Samsung under the flag Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro series.

One of the tablets i just reviewed yesterday was Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 – the LTE model -, which packs some powerful set of hardware in it, from a sharpest looking display, a fast processor, a powerful mobile GPU, a huge RAM and a big battery capacity.

And this makes this tablet a great gaming tablet – no argue about that.

Besides this model, Samsung actually also has one other model in the same series.

And that is the WiFi-only variant of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. Despite all the similar type of its specs with the LTE model, there’s actually one thing – well, more precisely, there are 2 things – that separate between these 2 Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 Wifi-only and LTE models.

And those are their processors and their mobile GPUs.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 benchmarks and gaming performance

The LTE model of this tablet becomes the “real” flagship model of this series because it’s packing Snapdragon 800 processor and Adreno 330 GPU – which are considered as beast for today’s standards in tablet market.

Meanwhile, the WiFi-only model – the one i’m gonna show you today – is only packing the slightly less powerful Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor and Mali T628 GPU – even though these are still powerful set of hardware, they are still slightly below the LTE model of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, in terms of performance and gaming capability.

But even so, these both tablets – the WiFi and LTE model – are still great gaming tablets and still more than capable to handle any graphics intense games you see around the Google Play Store.

So either you pick up the LTE or the WiFi-only model of this tablet, they both are still perfectly awesome for playing games – although the LTE model with Snapdragon 800 will deliver a much smoother gaming performance to you than the WiFi-only/3G model.

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

But as usual, before you go straight to the review, i would really appreciate it if you could just spend a few seconds of your time to share this review to your friends or family by using the social media icons around this page.

It would mean a lot to me and also this community.

Okay then, without further ado, here you go, my personal review of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1.

Introduction

Around the 10-inch tablet market to date, no doubt that Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 edition) is a huge hit in this market last year.

Not only is this tablet great for doing any productivity-related tasks, but it’s also great as a media-consumption and even gaming tablet.

It has a fast-performing processor, a sharpest looking display, a powerful GPU, a huge battery capacity, a big memory (RAM) and some other goodies that make it a decent tablet for many type of users.

Interestingly, soon after releasing this note-taking model, Samsung decides to jump to another bandwagon – a Pro tablet market – with its new line of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro tablets, from the 8.4 > 10.1 > 12.2 of GALAXY Tab Pro series and last but not least - 12.2 Note Pro tablet.

The thing that probably really makes these new tablets deserve that “Pro” title is definitely their specs.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 Review and Gaming Performance (WiFi-only)Despite using some different screen sizes, all of these Pro tablets are mostly packing some similar type of specs – from the sharpest looking 2560x1600 pixel display, a fast Snapdragon 800/Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, a huge 2GB/3GB of RAM, a huge battery capacity and of course, a professional looking design – which takes all design cues from the smaller original Samsung GALAXY Note 3.

And this is actually the reason why one of the tablets in this series - Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 – will be a great media-consumption and the most importantly, gaming tablet.

It has fast processor and GPU, it has long lasting battery life, it has sharpest display and i believe its screen size is an ideal for a gaming tablet. It’s not that huge but it’s also not that small.

This probably contradicts with the 12.2 model of this tablet, which i think is just not really ideal for a gaming tablet.

I mean, its 12.2-inch screen size is just too huge to hold for playing games.

Your hands hands would feel exhausted when holding this huge tablet for a long period of time.

But the good thing is, that’s not gonna happen to you if you decide to pick up this Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1.

It’s great for watching full HD movies, reading books/magazines or browsing the web – given its sharpest display -, and it’s also really good for playing games – given its powerful hardware specs.

But the question is, with all of these high-grade specs, does Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi have the same great gaming performance just like the LTE model?

Well, we’re about to find out more about that in this review. So be sure to check it out guys.

Design

When it comes to design, there’s actually not much difference between this tablet with its other siblings – the 8.4 and the 12.2 models.

They all share the same design language – which actually takes all the design cues from the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 -, with the same fake stitching and faux leather finish on the rear-cover and not to mention, the same metallic looking trim all over the side bezels.

To be perfectly honest, even though this tablet still uses the “same as usual” plastic material, i still personally love the design of this tablet.

It looks really elegant, premium and professional – although not as premium as iPad Air, Sony Xperia Z2 or LG G Pad 8.3 of course.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 Review and Gaming Performance (WiFi-only)

But still, Samsung did a really marvelous job when designing this tablet. Hopefully, they will jump to the more premium design material on their next GALAXY devices in the near future.

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  • No SIM
  • Weight 469 g
  • Released March 2014
  • 10.1 inch Super clear LCD capacitive touchscreen, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 16M colors (~299 ppi pixel density)
  • Exynos 5 Octa 5420 Chipset
  • Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 + quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU
  • Mali-T628 MP6 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
  • No GPRS
  • No EDGE
  • 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
  • HTML5
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • Java
  • Li-Ion 8220 mAh battery (Non-removable)
Similar just like the other models under the flag Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro series, this tablet also shares some similar type of specs, from a 10-inch 2560x1600 pixel display (with lower -299 ppi compared to the -359 on the smaller 8.4 model), an “octa-core” Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, 2GB of RAM, Mali T628 MP6 GPU, an 8220mAh power battery, 2MP and 8MP cameras on front & back and some other high-end goodies.

From the software standpoint, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

However, unlike the previous-generation Samsung GALAXY devices (without Pro), this tablet interestingly comes pre-installed with the new Magazine UI – which brings a complete design overhaul to the entire UI and features from the original TouchWiz UI.

So on this tablet – along with other GALAXY Pro tablets -, the standard Android homescreen of the previous TouchWiz UI has been altered by Samsung into a more professional looking UI – which actually kind of reminds me with the Metro UI brought by Microsoft on its Windows 8 OS, with those square and intuitive boxes all over the homescreen.

So if you’re already a big fan of the standard widget-dedicated homescreen on your Android devices, you must be willing to be familiar with the new experience of this Magazine UI on this tablet.

But i personally like this new UI compared to the TouchWiz UI.

It has much tidier layout, more intuitive interface and i think it just looks more professional and suitable with that "Pro" title.

Screen

If there are some strongest points found on this tablet, then its display is definitely one of them.

Similar just like the other models under the Samsung GALAXY Pro series, this 10.1-inch tablet is also sporting the same exact 2560x1600 pixel resolution, which is insanely high for a 10-inch tablet.

In fact, this resolution is the highest resolution on today’s tablet market. So when it comes to sharpness and clarity, this tablet is definitely superior in those sectors.

Interestingly, compared to the smaller 8.4-inch model of this tablet, the pixel density on the 10.1-inch display on Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is -299 ppi, which is lower than the -359 ppi on the smaller 8.4-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro.

And this really has huge impact to the sharpness of their displays, although not that significant given that 2560x1600 pixel resolution already looks insanely sharp for human’s normal eyes.

So you probably won’t notice the sharpness difference between these 2 tablets.

They both have gorgeous and insanely sharp display. In fact, the display on Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is probably the best in tablet market to date, alongside Google Nexus 10 and Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 edition).

However, with that highest resolution display, this also means the processor inside this tablet (Samsung Exynos 5 Octa) is tasked with a really heavy job to execute all of those pixels and deliver them in smooth performance to the users.

And that requires hell of a power from the processor, thus draining a lot of energy from the battery.

The good news is, Samsung is already aware of this so they decide to use that Samsung Exynos 5 Octa “octa-core” processor – which actually only allows 4 set of cores to be used at the same time (not all the 8 cores), with the Cortex-A7 handling the light-weight tasks, while Cortex-A15 taking over the heavy tasks (like the display).

So this processor won’t consume a lot of power from the battery given its efficient power management.

As a result, the tablet can deliver that sharp looking display and smooth performance to the users, without sacrificing a lot of battery life.

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Unlike the LTE model of this tablet, the WiFi model of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 interestingly is packing the “slightly” less powerful Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, as opposed to the “real beast” Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor inside the LTE model.

And this actually has a huge impact the overall performance of this tablet.

For your information, this also happens to the current-gen Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (without PRO) that also consists in 2 models (3G and LTE) and uses 2 different processors (3G = Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, LTE = Snapdragon 800).

And from what i’ve seen on the these 2 tablets, i dare to say that the LTE model has a better and smoother performance than the 3G model.

However, that is not gonna happen anymore to these 2 models of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, because Samsung probably has addressed that “lag” problem on its homemade Exynos 5 Octa processor and made some tweaks to this processor.

Not to mention, now this GALAXY Pro tablet also uses Magazine UI, as opposed to the TouchWiz UI on the current-gen Note 10.1 (without PRO) – which probably is much heavier than the new Magazine UI.

So there won’t be huge difference in the performance between the WiFi and LTE models of this tablet.

They still work similarly fast and smooth, either for watching full HD movies, reading books/magazines, browsing heavy web pages, using live wallpaper or even playing HD games.

However, in terms of gaming performance, the WiFi model of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 probably won’t be as great and smooth as the LTE model of this tablet – given that Snapdragon 800 processor is just more powerful than Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor.

But even so, this WiFi model is still a great gaming tablet.

Thanks to monster specs under its hood, any games on Google Play Store – from Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4 (even Modern Combat 5), N.O.V.A 3, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, GTA Vice City or even GTA San Andreas – can all be played in smooth performance and the most importantly, in full high graphics.

However, as for the GTA San Andreas, this game probably doesn’t run smoothly in highest graphics setting.

I mean, i’ve already seen this game being played on Google Nexus 7 (with lower 1920x1200 pixel display, Snapdragon S4 Pro and Adreno 320 GPU) and it doesn’t run smoothly in full graphics.

Not to mention, this game also doesn’t run smoothly on many devices (in full graphics setting), even the high-end ones, like iPad mini with Retina Display and Samsung GALAXY Note 3 (with Snapdragon 800).

So i have doubts this game will run smoothly in full graphics on Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 WiFi model, even the LTE model - probably due to the highest-resolution screen on this tablet.

But still, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is a great gaming tablet in its class.

It has fast and powerful hardware, it has the sharpest looking display and it has huge battery capacity, enabling you to play games in many many hours without resting the screen.

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

Camera

Just like the other Samsung GALAXY Pro tablets, this tablet is also tailored together with the same exact 8MP camera on the back and 2MP camera on the front.

When it comes to quality, then without a doubt, the camera on Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is more than capable to deliver some decent shots, either for micro or even macro photography.

So if you love taking photos or recording videos in your spare or boring time, then your hobby will be accommodated very well on this tablet.

Not only are the photos and videos worth sharing to your Instagram or Twitter accounts, but they’ll also look good even on your huge HD TV in your house.

Battery Life

The great thing found inside this tablet is its huge battery capacity. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is powered by 8220mAh power battery, which is considered as huge for a 10-inch tablet (but not that huge compared to Google Nexus 10 or Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10).

So even if you’re type of power users and would like to play with this tablet in long long hours without even resting the screen whatsoever, this tablet could still last probably around 8 to 10 hours.

But if you’re not gonna use this tablet very often and only use it in your spare time, then you can expect this tablet to last in 1 full day or even 2 days, of course in one full charge.

My Personal Opinions

So my final conclusion about this tablet is, i think it’s just really easy to recommend you this tablet, especially if you’re not on a tight budget and looking for a decent 10-inch tablet with great gaming performance, sharpest display, great camera, long lasting battery life and lots of great features.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is definitely a great choice for you.

In fact, this tablet is – without a doubt – the best 10-inch media-consumption tablet you can find on the market to date. Period.
  • It has that highest-resolution screen (which is the highest in all tablet market),
  • it has fast processor, it has powerful GPU (Mali T628 is a beast),
  • it has great quality camera,
  • it has rich-content features,
  • it has huge battery capacity (ensuring for all-day battery life),
  • it has smooth experience,
  • it has nice looking design
  • and pretty much everything on this tablet is just great.
So if you’re currently looking for a great 10-inch media-consumption and gaming tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is no doubt the best choice out there.

But if you want the smaller or the bigger models of this tablet, there are still the 8.4-inch and 12.2-inch models of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro that are still waiting for you to grab.

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