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Review Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Tablet

Florian Wimmer (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 03/12/2014

Big player. 12.2-inch screen, octa-core, touchscreen with stylus support - Samsung's Note Pro 12.2 catches attention when just hearing the specs. We looked at the Wi-Fi version and will reveal whether the expectations are met.

In review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. Review sample courtesy of Cyberport.
In review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. Review sample courtesy of Cyberport.

For the original German review, see here.

In times past, we watched Hollywood movies, America's Most Wanted, and the news on a 31-centimeter screen - at least most second TVs weren't much bigger. Today, 12.2-inches in shape of a tablet can be conveniently held in a hand, and clips from old TV shows are watched via YouTube.

Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is just such a tablet, and it is clearly aimed at professionals who use their tablet on the job with a price of over 700 Euros (~$973), stylus support, and multitasking suitability. The slim outline, large screen, and high-quality looks also make it attractive for private users with the necessary cash at first glance. We are testing the model without mobile Internet but will provide an update about the tablet's LTE version within the next few days.

The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 does not have to compete against other, equally-sized devices because there are not yet many options. The contenders, such as Apple's iPad Air, Sony's Xperia Tablet Z or Microsoft's Surface Pro 2, are all smaller. In terms of performance, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 can be compared with the strongest tablets like Toshiba's Excite Pro or Gigaset's QV830 with Nvidia's Tegra 4 SoC. The Snapdragon 800 in the Galaxy Note 10.1 might also be a worthy rival for the octa-core in our review sample.

Case

The back of the rigid casing is completely covered with faux leather.
The back of the rigid casing is completely covered with faux leather.

We know from other Galaxy models that we should not expect a metal exterior. Samsung relies on polycarbonate, which is plastic with a quite premium feel. The chrome-colored rim, rounded edges, and slim silhouette are almost a traditional design component of the Galaxy line. With 7.95 millimeters, the tablet is thicker than the iPad Air or Sony's Xperia Tablet Z, but it still looks very slim.

The choice of materials and the pattern used on the back of most Galaxy models are always good for a surprise, and the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is no exception. Faux-leather, even with seams indicated at the edges, cover the back side. This conveys a high-quality feel, is non-slip, and certainly fits in an elegant office environment. The casing's rigidness is good, but the tablet warps easily, and medium pressure on the back center becomes visible on the screen.

Connectivity

Most tablets have a micro-USB port for recharging or connecting the tablet with other devices. Samsung wants more: A micro-USB 3.0 port integrated in a 2 x 5 pin mini-B socket is on the right. Thus, both standard-sized micro-USB cords and bigger 2 x 5 pin plugs with a higher power output for faster tablet recharging can be used. Not quite as favorable: The tablet apparently had problems connecting to the PC. It was detected as an error by Windows 7 in our test, and accessing contents was not possible.

Beyond that, it is possible to connect compatible monitors directly to the USB 3.0 port via the MHL standard, or to optionally buy an HDMI adapter. There is also an infrared sensor for controlling TV sets on the upper edge.

Upper edge: infrared sensor, volume control, standby button
Upper edge: infrared sensor, volume control, standby button
Lower edge: no interfaces
Lower edge: no interfaces
Left: 3.5 mm headset jack, speaker
Left: 3.5 mm headset jack, speaker
Right: Micro-SD, USB port, speaker, stylus
Right: Micro-SD, USB port, speaker, stylus
The interface's design using large pictures is stylish and clearly arranged.
The interface's design using large pictures is stylish and clearly arranged.

Software

Samsung's TouchWiz interface is based on the latest version of Google's Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. Consequently, it is very similar in use although Samsung relies on large-scale images, and thus creates a very high-quality surface that can always be used intuitively. The Content Home interface at the very left of the main menu can be completely filled with widgets so to, for example, organize a personal "magazine" comprised of Internet news, or read social media updates.

Many of the pre-loaded applications are optimized for the included S Pen digitizer pen. S Note is part of the device's name, and offers many extensive possibilities for creating notes, drawings, and much more using the stylus. Users who want to deal more profoundly with the art of digital painting and sketching will find an even more effective app in Autodesk SketchBook.

50 GB of online storage in Dropbox is just as available via the installed app as the video conferences using WebEx. Remote PC enables accessing and controlling the home PC when on-the-go. However, an additional Samsung account is required for some apps, which also allows using Samsung's own app store.

GPS test (indoors)
GPS test (indoors)
GPS test (outdoors)
GPS test (outdoors)

Communication & GPS 

The Wi-Fi module transmits using the 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards, which is state-of-the-art, and as fast as up to 500 Mbit/s. The module supports both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands. The module's transmission and reception performance were very good. The full signal reached our tablet at a distance of ten meters, and through three walls. 75% of the signal was still available when three more meters and a brick wall separated us from the device.

The GPS module's reception strength that supports the Russian Glonass system also impressed us. The system found enough satellites to locate us within a very short time even indoors. The accuracy was, however, not always convincing. The position deviated by up to 20 meters indoors, and up to 10 meters outdoors in cloudy conditions.

Cameras & Multimedia

Samsung treats the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 to two cameras. The rear-facing model has a resolution of 8 megapixels (3264x2448 pixels), features auto-focus, and an LED flash. The front-facing unit is more intended for video calls or rudimentary selfies for social networks, and therefore it only has a resolution of 2 megapixels (1920x1080 pixels).

While the pictures of the rear-facing camera look a bit unsaturated and blurred, the ones from the front-facing camera are too dark. However, the focus is good in both cases. Overall, the pictures are quite usable, and the camera app pleases with numerous effects and settings.

It would only be logical to see whether the tablet can cope with high-definition videos in view of the screen's very high resolution. We downloaded a 4K test video from the Internet for this purpose. The result: Uncompressed 4K video files are much too difficult even for the octa-core processor, as expected. However, the tablet cannot play H.264 compressed files either.

8 megapixel rear-facing camera
8 megapixel rear-facing camera
2 megapixel front-facing camera
2 megapixel front-facing camera
Reference: Canon EOS 450D (13 megapixels)
Reference: Canon EOS 450D (13 megapixels)
It is possible to shoot pictures using both cameras at the same time
It is possible to shoot pictures using both cameras at the same time


Accessories

It is surely the S Pen that especially sticks out of the mass of included accessories. It might be a bit too short for large hands, but it is very stable, and it works very reliably with the accurate touchscreen. A LAN adapter that can be connected via the micro-USB 3.0 port is optionally available. It is also possible to connect a mouse or keyboard via an additional full-size USB port. Samsung demands 59 Euros (~$82) for this. A cover with built-in stand is available for the same price.

Warranty

Samsung includes a 24-month warranty on its tablet. The warranty is valid throughout the EU, providing the device was purchased in the EU. 

Input Devices & Controls

Touchscreen

The 12.2-inch, capacitive touchscreen naturally offers a huge surface, and a very high resolution. Consequently, letters are well-legible, and the icons are large and easy to hit. As known from Samsung's TouchWiz, there are tiles that can be dragged from the side or the top. This, of course, only works reliably when the touchscreen is sensitive enough at its edges. This is the case in the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, and it is possible to place reliably responding controls even in the corners.

The touchscreen supports up to 10 fingers, and Samsung's gesture control is installed again. Screenshots are made by swiping over the screen with the edge of a hand. The audio is turned off when the screen is covered with the hand or when the tablet is turned over. Like in former Galaxy models, the front-facing webcam can be set to recognize the eyes, and stops videos when the user does not look at the screen, or it scrolls automatically. That only functions moderately well. This feature might really become useful for users who occupy themselves intensively with this feature.

Virtual Keyboard

The virtual keyboard also benefits from the screen's size. Because the keys are so big, both hands can be used for typing in portrait mode. Touch-typing is only possible in landscape mode, but that is not a matter of course either.

The input options are just as numerous as the settings. Starting with handwriting detection over dictation, up to swiping over the keyboard without lifting a finger - all popular input modes are available. Users can add a period by tapping twice on the space bar, or allow a space to be inserted automatically when a word has been identified. This all works very reliably, and users will definitely find their favorite mode among the many input modes.

Stylus

The digitizer dubbed "S Pen" by Samsung is inserted into a small compartment in the tablet and is easy to pull out. It enables even more accurate use in many fields, and it is of course perfect for drawing and sketching on the tablet. The tablet also detects the pen when it hovers one millimeter above the screen, and can open a ring menu via the stylus' button, which contains the most frequently used applications for the pen (notepad, screenshot with note, sketchpad, search, and its own window).

Keyboard: landscape mode
Keyboard: landscape mode
Keyboard: portrait mode
Keyboard: portrait mode

Display

Samsung does not rely on a screen based on AMOLED or PLS technology for its Note Pro 12.2, but on a so-called Super Clear TFT LCD. It has a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels, which corresponds to the WQXGA standard.

Samsung has selected a good brightness for the screen. Its average is second place in the comparison field - only the iPad Air is brighter. The illumination of 83% is not quite as homogeneous as in most contenders though. But brightness differences are hardly seen with the naked eye.

365
cd/m²
367
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
397
cd/m²
392
cd/m²
363
cd/m²
398
cd/m²
383
cd/m²
366
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 398 cd/m²
Average: 373.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 392 cd/m²
Black: 0.73 cd/m²
Contrast: 537:1

In contrast to AMOLED, the black level of the LCD screen is innately higher. However, contenders like the iPad Air or Microsoft's Surface 2 have a clear advantage. The 0.73 cd/m² of brightness that radiates from our review sample is quite high and lets black look more like dark gray on the screen.

That also unfortunately reduces the contrast to 537:1, which is also a rather poor rate in the comparison field. It also has an impact in practice: Colors look much richer and the image generally look more vivid on other Samsung devices.

The different color modes have been adopted from other Galaxy devices, and are dubbed "Dynamic," "Video," and "Standard." It is also possible to set the Video mode to automatic. The Video mode displays the palest, but also the most natural colors. Standard is between the two, and Dynamic enhances both the saturation and contrast. That was our subjective impression, and we measured it using the colorimeter and CalMAN software for a more accurate analysis.

The results confirmed our observations. The DeltaE shift from the color space reference rate was lowest in Video mode in both colors and grayscale. Nevertheless, the screen is generally relatively color accurate; none of the colors shifted into the red field. In view of the partly quite high color shift compared with the more exacting AdobeRGB color space, professionals who work a lot with image and video material will have to use another monitor.

CalMAN Color Management "Standard"
CalMAN Color Management "Standard"
CalMAN Color Management "Dynamic"
CalMAN Color Management "Dynamic"
CalMAN Color Management "Video"
CalMAN Color Management "Video"
CalMAN ColorChecker "Standard"
CalMAN ColorChecker "Standard"
CalMAN ColorChecker "Dynamic"
CalMAN ColorChecker "Dynamic"
CalMAN ColorChecker "Video"
CalMAN ColorChecker "Video"
CalMAN Grayscale "Standard"
CalMAN Grayscale "Standard"
CalMAN Grayscale "Dynamic"
CalMAN Grayscale "Dynamic"
CalMAN Grayscale "Video"
CalMAN Grayscale "Video"
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps "Standard"
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps "Standard"
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps "Dynamic"
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps "Dynamic"
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps "Video"
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps "Video"

The relatively high brightness can hardly prevent reflections from overlapping content on sunny days due to the reflective screen. However, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 can be used well on cloudy days, in the shade, and in bright rooms.

The viewing angles are absolutely satisfactory from top to bottom and from the sides. The TFT LCD screen is in no way inferior to an AMOLED screen.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

A special feature of Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is its SoC: The Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa is the first genuine eight-core SoC of its category, although not all cores clock at the same rate and only run simultaneously under maximum load. The four Cortex A15 cores with a clock rate of 1.8 GHz are supplemented by four Cortex A7 cores that clock with 1.3 GHz, and which are used when little power is needed. That saves energy.

This difference is occasionally quite evident in routine use. Since the four weaker cores take over in the main menu, navigating is not always smooth due to the high resolution. However, everything runs smoothly as soon as a game or a more demanding app is loaded, even in the screen's full resolution.

The SoC in our review sample is remote from the performance of the Apple A7 in the iPad Air. However, it is on par or even a bit before the Galaxy Note 10.1, whose Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 SoC clocks considerably higher with 2.26 GHz, in most system and CPU tests. Toshiba's Excite Pro and its Tegra 4 SoC can also still keep up here.

Both the iPad Air and Galaxy Note 10.1 have the lead in the 3D benchmarks, and Toshiba's Excite Pro lags behind. The Mali-T628 that takes care of graphics calculations works with the maximum possible resolution here. That shows just how fast this graphics solution is. It should be sufficient for all current apps in any event.

Linpack Android / IOS
Single Thread (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
349.306 MFLOPS ∼34%
Apple iPad Air
557.99 MFLOPS ∼55% +60%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
455.616 MFLOPS ∼45% +30%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
248.76 MFLOPS ∼24% -29%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
570.295 MFLOPS ∼56% +63%
Gigaset QV830
38.403 MFLOPS ∼4% -89%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
52.168 MFLOPS ∼5% -85%
Multi Thread (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
631.71 MFLOPS ∼26%
Apple iPad Air
977.31 MFLOPS ∼40% +55%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
916.667 MFLOPS ∼38% +45%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
516.44 MFLOPS ∼21% -18%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
717.73 MFLOPS ∼30% +14%
Gigaset QV830
127.104 MFLOPS ∼5% -80%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
132.6 MFLOPS ∼5% -79%
AnTuTu Benchmark v4 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
34323 Points ∼80%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
35455 Points ∼82% +3%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
30810 Points ∼72% -10%
Gigaset QV830
13276 Points ∼31% -61%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
5431 Points ∼86%
Apple iPad Air
2190 Points ∼35% -60%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
5430 Points ∼86% 0%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
4810 Points ∼77% -11%
Gigaset QV830
2141 Points ∼34% -61%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
18009 Points ∼25%
Apple iPad Air
38536 Points ∼53% +114%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
16934 Points ∼23% -6%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
17083 Points ∼23% -5%
Gigaset QV830
8580 Points ∼12% -52%
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0 - --- (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
16992 points ∼71%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
7680 points ∼32% -55%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
11987 points ∼50% -29%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
943 Points ∼20%
Apple iPad Air
1479 Points ∼32% +57%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
956 Points ∼21% +1%
Dell Venue 11 Pro
1481 Points ∼32% +57%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
922 Points ∼20% -2%
Gigaset QV830
325 Points ∼7% -66%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
2790 Points ∼17%
Apple iPad Air
2687 Points ∼17% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
2995 Points ∼19% +7%
Dell Venue 11 Pro
2952 Points ∼18% +6%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
2511 Points ∼16% -10%
Gigaset QV830
1077 Points ∼7% -61%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa, ARM Mali-T628 MP6, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Apple iPad Air Apple A7, PowerVR G6430, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB SSD
 
Sony Xperia Tablet Z Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064A, Qualcomm Adreno 320, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Dell Venue 11 Pro Intel Core i3-4020Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, 128 GB SATA SSD
 
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108 Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
 
Gigaset QV830 Mediatek MT8125, PowerVR SGX544, 8 GB SSD
 
Fujitsu Stylistic M702 NVIDIA Tegra 3, NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 32 GB SSD
3DMark (2013)
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
9470 Points ∼6%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
5472 Points ∼4% -42%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
8099 Points ∼5% -14%
Gigaset QV830
1559 Points ∼1% -84%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
8621 Points ∼2%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
5359 Points ∼1% -38%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
7231 Points ∼2% -16%
Gigaset QV830
1269 Points ∼0% -85%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
14450 Points ∼28%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
5909 Points ∼11% -59%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
13961 Points ∼27% -3%
Gigaset QV830
7828 Points ∼15% -46%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
22.8 fps ∼3%
Apple iPad Air
27 fps ∼3% +18%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
24 fps ∼3% +5%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
12 fps ∼1% -47%
Dell Venue 11 Pro
21 fps ∼2% -8%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
16 fps ∼2% -30%
Gigaset QV830
2.7 fps ∼0% -88%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
3.1 fps ∼0% -86%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
13.9 fps ∼4%
Apple iPad Air
21 fps ∼6% +51%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
15 fps ∼4% +8%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
12 fps ∼3% -14%
Dell Venue 11 Pro
27 fps ∼7% +94%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
10 fps ∼3% -28%
Gigaset QV830
5.6 fps ∼2% -60%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
3 fps ∼1% -78%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
4.3 fps ∼0%
off screen Manhattan Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
7.6 fps ∼3%
NenaMark2 - --- (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
59.8 fps ∼89%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
59.9 fps ∼89% 0%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
59.9 fps ∼89% 0%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
55.11 fps ∼82% -8%
Gigaset QV830
45.8 fps ∼68% -23%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
37 fps ∼55% -38%
Browsermark - --- (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
2321 points ∼32%
Apple iPad Air
3603 points ∼50% +55%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
2942 points ∼41% +27%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
1731 points ∼24% -25%
Gigaset QV830
2299 points ∼32% -1%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
1428 points ∼20% -38%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
4218 Points ∼11%
Apple iPad Air
5113 Points ∼14% +21%
AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
88.55 MB/s ∼50%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
103.96 MB/s ∼58% +17%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
48.65 MB/s ∼27% -45%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
59.4 MB/s ∼33% -33%
Gigaset QV830
50.86 MB/s ∼28% -43%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
24.73 MB/s ∼14% -72%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
16.08 MB/s ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
22.35 MB/s ∼39% +39%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
16.04 MB/s ∼28% 0%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
11.04 MB/s ∼19% -31%
Gigaset QV830
6.14 MB/s ∼11% -62%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
9.5 MB/s ∼16% -41%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
9 MB/s ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
15.97 MB/s ∼76% +77%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
11.1 MB/s ∼53% +23%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
13.97 MB/s ∼67% +55%
Gigaset QV830
13.43 MB/s ∼64% +49%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
7.5 MB/s ∼36% -17%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
1.12 MB/s ∼36%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
2.09 MB/s ∼67% +87%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
1.19 MB/s ∼38% +6%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
0.69 MB/s ∼22% -38%
Gigaset QV830
0.44 MB/s ∼14% -61%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
0.92 MB/s ∼29% -18%

Games

Even fast-paced 3D games like Iron Man 3 are no problem.
Even fast-paced 3D games like Iron Man 3 are no problem.

As mentioned, the Mali T-628 is one of the swiftest mobile graphics solutions. Consequently, even fast-paced and demanding games from Google's Play Store are no problem for the chip. Imposing 3D games like Iron Man 3 are also rendered very fast in the screen's full resolution. The loading times are also short. Obviously, titles like Angry Birds: Star Wars 2 run just as smoothly, and load quickly.

Emissions

Temperature

It is pleasing that the casing of Samsung's Galaxy Note 12.2 barely heats up significantly despite its octa-core and higher performance. Only a very slight temperature increase to 32.2 °C is noticed in idle mode, owing to the four lower-clocked processor cores. This is restricted to the lower front side (in landscape mode). Almost no temperature increase is felt on the entire back.

The temperature climbs up to 38.8 °C on the upper front, and the back also gets a bit warmer during load. However, this temperature is still very acceptable, and in no way unpleasant.

Max. Load
 28.2 °C38.8 °C29.8 °C 
 26.8 °C30.6 °C28.3 °C 
 28 °C31 °C28.7 °C 
Maximum: 38.8 °C
Average: 30 °C
29.7 °C35.1 °C27.3 °C
28.7 °C31.9 °C26.9 °C
27.9 °C29.5 °C27.7 °C
Maximum: 35.1 °C
Average: 29.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  47.7 °C | Room Temperature 21.2 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

The speakers' position on the upper side edges make it quite unlikely that they might be covered, and thus weaken the sound. Just like the positioning, we also liked the speakers' sound that does not distort even at maximum volume and provides a powerful and balanced audio experience. Although there is barely any bass, the sound is sufficient for watching an occasional Internet video or listening to the radio now and again.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Perhaps it is due to the big screen, but the contenders, in particular Apple's iPad Air and even Samsung's own Galaxy Note 10.1, do a much better job with saving energy. This already starts in standby where the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 drains as much as 1.3 watts from the battery. The iPad Air only consumes 0.2 watts. When the screen is turned on, but the tablet is still idle, the power consumption climbs to 2.9 watts, which is roughly one-and-a-half times as much as the iPad Air or Galaxy Note 10.1 use. Then again, the load power consumption is on a similar level, but Samsung could have made cutbacks somewhere else.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 1.1 / 1.3 Watt
Idle 2.9 / 8.5 / 8.8 Watt
Load 9.9 / 10.5 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

This does not give much hope for battery runtime, although the battery in the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is sufficiently designed with 35 watt hours. However, the runtimes are not that bad after all. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 lasted for almost 9 hours in the realistic Wi-Fi test, which is a fairly practical rate, and roughly on par with Apple's iPad Air. However, the device should not be left running in idle mode because it is drained after only 10:23 hours, without having done much.

The high standby consumption also leads to a discharged battery within approximately one-and-a-half days when the tablet is not used at all, and is left in standby. However, Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is generally quite useful for on-the-go, but the charger should not be left at home.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 23min
WiFi Surfing
8h 56min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 24min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 34min

Verdict

Buyers can expect quite a lot in a tablet for over 700 Euros (~$973). For example, good connectivity, easy use, and extensive software or sensible, optional accessories. Samsung is beyond reproach in these points, and even adds an accessory bundle with a value of just under 180 Euros (~$250) for the so-called "Launch Edition."

Besides that, the Wi-Fi module is state-of-the-art, the GPS module functions reasonably, the infrared sensor is handy. Samsung's TouchWiz interface convinces with a multitude of options, and a very classy surface in terms of software. Its functionality makes using the virtual keyboard's extensive settings, and the digitizer pen, pleasant experiences.

The screen that is not quite as brilliant as in some other devices from Samsung and the too high power consumption are minor points of complaint. However, this can probably be ignored when feasible battery runtimes are achieved, the temperatures remain low, and both the application and gaming performance are first-rate. The main menu's choppy use that is the result of the lower clocked processor cores, which are responsible for low load, are more severe in such an expensive device.

All in all, Samsung launches a very big tablet on the market with the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 that still can be held comfortably in one hand and features high-quality looks that convince at first glance. Hardly a flaw is found even when looking closer. Buyers with the necessary cash get a perfect-to-operate, stylish tablet for professional use.

In review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
In review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is now available on Adorama for $749

 

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In Review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. Review sample courtesy of Cyberport.
In Review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. Review sample courtesy of Cyberport.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is now available on Adorama for $749

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

:: Processor
:: Memory
3072 MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
12.2 inch 16:10, 2560x1600 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, LCD, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB , 22.82 GB free
:: Connections
1 USB 3.0, 1 Infrared, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset jack, Card Reader: Micro-SD max 64 GB , Sensors: accelerometer, geo-magnetic, gyro, RGB light, Hall sensor, SGPS, GLONASS, propietary power supply, MHL
:: Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a b g n ac), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.95 x 295.6 x 204
:: Weight
0.75 kg Power Supply: 0.048 kg
:: Battery
35 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3.7 volt, 9500 mAh
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 13 h
:: Price
779 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
:: Additional features
Webcam: Rear: 8 MP CMOS with LED Flash and Autofocus, Front: 2 MP, Speakers: stereo speakers on the sides, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, S Pen, Hancom Office, WebEx, Dropbox, Sketchbook, S Note, Knox, 24 Months Warranty

 

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The Samsung Note Pro 12.2 is Samsung's latest hit.
The Samsung Note Pro 12.2 is Samsung's latest hit.
The slim outlines are just as appealing as the decent speakers.
The slim outlines are just as appealing as the decent speakers.
However, Samsung should take an example from its other models in terms of screen.
However, Samsung should take an example from its other models in terms of screen.
The rear-facing camera shoots decent pictures. It is supported by auto-focus and an LED flash.
The rear-facing camera shoots decent pictures. It is supported by auto-focus and an LED flash.
The front-facing camera is apt for selfies or video calls, but the quality is middling.
The front-facing camera is apt for selfies or video calls, but the quality is middling.
The home button is implemented as a hardware button.
The home button is implemented as a hardware button.
The all-round, chrome-colored rim is very classy.
The all-round, chrome-colored rim is very classy.
The digitizer pen dubbed "S Pen" facilitates use even more.
The digitizer pen dubbed "S Pen" facilitates use even more.
A selection of S Pen commands appear when the pen is held over the tablet, and the stylus button is pressed.
A selection of S Pen commands appear when the pen is held over the tablet, and the stylus button is pressed.
Sketching and painting work perfectly with the stylus.
Sketching and painting work perfectly with the stylus.
The S Pen can also be stowed away securely.
The S Pen can also be stowed away securely.
Faux-leather covers the back, giving it a very non-slip surface.
Faux-leather covers the back, giving it a very non-slip surface.
The volume control and standby buttons are on the upper edge in landscape mode.
The volume control and standby buttons are on the upper edge in landscape mode.
The USB port is unsual, but likely necessary for quickly recharging the tablet. Standard micro-USB plugs can also be inserted.
The USB port is unsual, but likely necessary for quickly recharging the tablet. Standard micro-USB plugs can also be inserted.
The storage can be expanded up to 64 GB via a micro-SD card.
The storage can be expanded up to 64 GB via a micro-SD card.
Multitasking is no problem for the strong tablet.
Multitasking is no problem for the strong tablet.
The interface appeals with large images and many customization options.
The interface appeals with large images and many customization options.
Even fast-paced 3D games are not a problem for the graphics solution.
Even fast-paced 3D games are not a problem for the graphics solution.
Classy effects, such as watercolors, can be set for unlocking the screen.
Classy effects, such as watercolors, can be set for unlocking the screen.
The main menu has barely been modified but can be largely adapted.
The main menu has barely been modified but can be largely adapted.
The Content Home interface provides all news stylishly and clearly arranged.
The Content Home interface provides all news stylishly and clearly arranged.
Overall, Samsung launches a very good tablet for professional use on the market.
Overall, Samsung launches a very good tablet for professional use on the market.

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Pro

+Solid build
+Slim and classy
+Large screen with high resolution
+Extensive operating options
+Nice software interface
+Low temperatures
+High performance
+Primary camera's good pictures
+Handy accessories available
 

Cons

-High black level
-Low contrast
-Navigation occasionally choppy
-Unusual charger plug
-High standby consumption

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What we like

Solid, slim, swift - apart from a few points of criticism, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is a great tablet.

What we miss

Samsung could definitely have copied even more from its other devices for the screen.

What surprises us

That stutters in the main menu can occur in a tablet from this price range.

The competition

Apple iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Sony Xperia Tablet Z, Dell Venue 11 Pro, Microsoft Surface 2, Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1, Toshiba Excite Pro, Fujitsu Stylistic M702, Gigaset QV830.

Rating

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
04/30/2014 v4
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
89%
Keyboard
81 / 80 → 100%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
50 / 70 → 71%
Weight
79 / 88 → 81%
Battery
90%
Display
84%
Games Performance
58 / 80 → 73%
Application Performance
49 / 70 → 70%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
77 / 91 → 85%
Camera
71 / 85 → 84%
Average
78%
86%
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Weighted Average

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Author: Florian Wimmer, 2014-03-12 (Update: 2014-03-12)