Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G Review and Gaming Performance

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March 6, 2014 | 0 comments
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G Review and Gaming PerformanceJust a moment ago, i’ve already showed you one huge-sized tablet from Samsung under the Tab Pro family - Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, the LTE model.

Not only does this tablet have great gaming performance, but Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 LTE is also a great tablet for those looking for a decent media-consumption tablet.

It has fast-performing processor, powerful mobile GPU, a huge space of RAM, a big battery capacity, a sharpest looking display and other elements that make it a great all around media-consumption and gaming tablet.

Just like the other models under the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro series – the 12.2 models – this Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 also consists in 2 different models, the LTE and the 3G model.

Despite using some similar type of specs, these 12.2-inch models interestingly have 2 different processors, with the LTE getting the real “beast” Snapdragon 800 processor, while the one i’m about to show you today - Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G -, is packing the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor – which is slightly less powerful than the LTE model with Snapdragon 800.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G benchmarks and gaming performance

Not to mention, these two 12.2-inch models are also powered by 2 different mobile GPUs, the Adreno 330 GPU inside the LTE model, while the Mali T628 GPU is found inside the 3G model of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2.

So for playing games, these 2 tablets will likely produce different gaming performances.

Even so, i still believe that either the LTE or 3G models of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G will both be great gaming tablets.

But they’re probably not such ideal gaming tablets given their huge screen size – which according to TheVerge, can make you feel dizzy if you use this tablet mainly for gaming.

Anyway, if you’re interested to know more about this huge 12.2-inch tablet, especially its gaming performance – compared to the LTE model, then here you go, my personal review of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G.

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Okay then, without further ado, here you go, my personal review of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G.

Introduction

Just like i already mentioned earlier in the previous review of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 – the LTE model -, this tablet is probably not gonna be an ideal device for playing games.

Not only is this tablet really huge in size, but it’s also pretty bulky in hands.

So there is a huge chance that your hands would feel exhausted if you hold this tablet in long long hours of gaming.

So i personally think that this tablet would be great only as a media-consumption device, not a gaming tablet – given its size.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G Review and Gaming PerformanceBut even so, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G still has great gaming performance – no argue to that.

Thanks to the “octa-core” Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, 3GB of RAM and Mali T628 MP6 GPU under its hood, this tablet is more than capable to handle most of the graphically demanding games across the Google Play Store – all in smooth performance and in full graphics.

However, for playing games, i don’t think the 3G model of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 will have the gaming performance as great as the LTE model of this tablet.

And that’s clearly because this tablet is “only” packing Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor – which many would agree, is slightly less powerful than the Snapdragon 800 processor.

In fact, i’ve already seen the actual performance between the 3G and LTE models of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 edition without PRO) – which also pack those 2 similar Snapdragon 800 and Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processors -, with the LTE model having a much faster performance and smooth experience than the 3G model.

But we’ll get more on this later.

So the question is, despite using some similar specs with the LTE model, does Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G have the same great gaming performance as the LTE model?

Well, we’re about to find out more about that later.

So check out this review if you want to know more about that.

Design

In terms of design, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G shares the same design language just like its other siblings – 8.4 and 10.1 models.

In fact, this 12.2-inch model actually takes all the design cues from the original Samsung Galaxy Note 3 released last year – with those same fake stitching and faux leather rear-cover and metallic looking trim all over the bezels.

So if you’re already familiar with the design of that phablet, then this tablet has nothing to write home about when it comes to design.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G Review and Gaming Performance

It still inherits the same "fake" elements of Note 3 – the fake stitching, the faux leather rear-cover and the fake metallic looking trim.

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  • Released April 2014
  • Micro-SIM
  • Weight 732 g
  • 12.2 inch Super clear LCD capacitive touchscreen, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 16M colors(~247 ppi pixel density)
  • Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5420 processor
  • Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 + quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU
  • Mali-T628 MP6 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
  • HTML5
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • Java
  • Li-Ion 9500 mAh battery (Non-removable)
Similar just like the 8.4 and 10.1 models, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G also shares the same type of hardware specs.

From the 12.2-inch display sporting the same exact 2560x1600 pixel display (although it has lower -247 ppi pixel density compared to the higher -299 ppi on the 10.1-inch model or the highest -359 ppi on the smallest 8.4-inch model), the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor (as opposed to the Snapdragon 800 on the LTE model), the Mali T628 MP6 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 8MP and 2MP cameras on back and front, a huge 9500mAh power battery and some other high-grade specs inside.

From the software standpoint, this tablet also shares the same exact Magazine UI just like its “Pro” siblings – under the Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

Compared to the TouchWiz UI on the previous-generation Samsung GALAXY devices, this new Magazine UI brings a lot of improvements to this Android software.

But the most prominent one is its entire UI design, features and layout that look totally different than the standard widget-dedicated homescreen on the Android default UI.

So if you’re not such a big fan of Android standard homescreen UI (with widgets, etc), then you’ll probably find the UI on this tablet interesting because it now looks more professional, much tidier and has more interesting features than the TouchWiz UI.

The great thing of having the 10.1-inch or 12.2-inch model of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro – compared to the smaller 8.4-inch model – is that, the multi-window mode on these biggest models provides 4 windows of apps that can be deployed at the same time on the screen (it also allows only 2 or 3 apps with adjusted window size).

On the other hand, the smaller 8.4-inch model only allows 2 windows of apps at the same time – given its smaller screen size.

Besides this feature, there are probably other advantages found on the biggest models compared to the smaller 8.4-inch model.

Screen

Similar just like its siblings (Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro series), this 12.2-inch tablet is also sporting the same exact 2560x1600 pixels resolution, but in a much larger 12.2-inch display.

However, given its huge size, this tablet interestingly has lower pixel density compared to the smaller models (10.1-inch and 8.4-inch models).

But probably there won’t be any huge difference on the sharpness of these 3 models.

They all still look gorgeous and insanely sharp for today’s standards.

So if you love enjoying media contents on a tablet, then you will feel comfortable when using this tablet.

Everything that you throw on this tablet – from full HD movies, books/magazines, web pages, photos or even HD games -, all will look amazingly sharp and crisp, even in normal view without zooming in/out or pinch-to-zoom gesture.

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Unlike the LTE model of this tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G is packing the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, which is slightly less powerful than the Snapdragon 800 processor inside the LTE model.

However, you probably won’t notice any difference in performance on both of these tablets.

They still deliver a fast and smooth experience to you, either for reading books/magazines, browsing the web, checking out photos, using live wallpaper or even for watching full HD movies.

Meanwhile, as a gaming tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G is also great device for that matter.

Thanks to the Samsung octa-core Exynos 5 Octa processor, 3GB of RAM and Mali T628 MP6 GPU, this tablet is more than capable to play even the most graphically demanding games across the Google Play Store.

From games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4 (and even 5), N.O.V.A 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, GTA Vice City, ShadowGun DeadZone, Dead Trigger 2 or even GTA San Andreas – all will run perfectly and smoothly, and the most importantly in full high graphics.

However, as for the GTA San Andreas, the performance of this tablet probably will not be as great as on the LTE model of this tablet (with Snapdragon 800 and Adreno 330 GPU) given that Samsung Exynos 5 Octa is “slightly” less powerful than Snapdragon 800 processor.

So there are some lags or stutters seen along the gameplay especially if you set this game in full highest graphics.

So it’s strongly recommended to set its graphics setting to medium if you want to play this game smoothly.

Even so, with those monster specs, without a doubt, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G is great for playing games.

However, this tablet may not be such an ideal device for gaming – given its huge screen size that could make your hands feel exhausted when holding this tablet in long long hours.

So i strongly suggest you to pick up the smaller 10.1-inch or 8.4-inch models if you’re gonna use this tablet mainly for gaming.

If you want to know more about the gaming performance of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

Similar just like the LTE model of this tablet (as well as the 12.2-inch GALAXY Note Pro tablet), Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G is also powered by the same huge 9500mAh power battery – which is really huge for a 12-inch tablet.

So if you’re gonna use this tablet mainly as a media-consumption device, you can expect to see this tablet last around 8 to 10 hours, which is really good for today’s standards.

However, its battery life will last much longer – even in 2 days – if you’re only using it only in your spare time, with combined screen on/off time.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, i personally think that Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G is still a great quality tablet – no argue to that.
  • It has a sharp looking display,
  • it has some monster specs under its hood,
  • it has rich features,
  • it has elegant looking design,
  • it has great camera,
  • it has fast and smooth performance,
  • it has great long lasting battery life
  • and pretty much everything on this tablet is just impressive.
This tablet may be suitable only for those of you who are looking for a decent productivity-related tablet – like for writing or blogging -, given its huge size that provides full on-screen QWERTY keyboard that is comfortable to use and press.

However, thanks to its monster specs, this tablet is also a great gaming and media-consumption tablet – although its huge size is not ideal for a gaming tablet.

If you’re looking for a decent tablet with huge 12.2-inch display, no doubt Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 3G is a great choice for that matter.

However, if you’re gonna use this tablet mainly for gaming, i strongly suggest you to pick up the smaller 10.1-inch or even the 8.4-inch models because their size is just ideal and comfortable for playing games.

Besides, all of these Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro tablets have the same exact quality specs.

From the same exact 2560x1600 pixel display, a fast Snapdragon 800/Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, Adreno 330 GPU/Mali T628 MP6 GPU, 8MP and 2MP cameras back and front, huge battery capacity, the same Magazine UI and many other goodies.

So you’ll make no mistake when getting any of these models.

They are all just great quality tablets.

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