Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 vs TabPRO 12.2 vs iPad Air: specs comparison

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 vs TabPRO 12.2 vs iPad Air: specs comparison
Among the more intriguing new tablets that made an appearance at this year's Consumer Electronics Show is the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2. Actually, the same can easily be said about its relative, the TabPRO 12.2, which tends to be identical, except for the lack of an S Pen stylus. However, when the topic is 'tablets', there's one device that's still way up there, above all others, and that's Apple's iPad. Its latest edition, the iPad Air, not only brought the state-of-the-art A7 SoC, but also introduced a brand new, thin and light design that can make almost any other 10" tablet out there look and feel chubby.

That said, Samsung's latest slates are decidedly high-end. Both the NotePRO and the TabPRO have high-resolution screens (2560 x 1600 pixels), along with the tried and true Snapdragon 800 chipset (though in some markets that's going to be replaced by Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa). Add a complete set of connectivity features, loads of RAM and easy memory expansion, and you've got some pretty solid products here that could make some people consider substituting their iTunes-powered tablets with something a bit more Samsung-ish. Well, if you're one of those people standing at a crossroad, perhaps we can help you out with a useful specs comparison, such as the one below? Sure, we can't comment on how the overall user experiences compare yet, but at least we can have a nice and informative overview of how the hardware stacks up, right? OK, then, let's do this!

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 vs Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 vs Apple iPad Air


Display size

12.2 inches
12.2 inches
9.7 inches


2560 x 1600 pixels
2560 x 1600 pixels
2048 x 1536 pixels

Pixel density

247 ppi
247 ppi
264 ppi


Super Clear LCD
Super Clear LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

71.57 %
71.57 %
71.65 %



Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

8 megapixels
8 megapixels
5 megapixels

Hardware Features

Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)


Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 33 mm

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
H.264, MOV


Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling


2 megapixels
2 megapixels
1.2 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)



11.64 x 8.03 x 0.31 inches (295.6 x 204 x 7.95 mm)
11.64 x 8.03 x 0.31 inches (295.6 x 204 x 7.95 mm)
9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 inches (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm)


26.56 oz (753 g)
the average is 20.1 oz (573 g)
26.10 oz (740 g)
the average is 20.1 oz (573 g)
16.86 oz (478 g)
the average is 20.1 oz (573 g)


Back: Aluminum



Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Apple A7


Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit


Adreno 330
Adreno 330
PowerVR G6430




Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4)
Android (4.4)
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)



9500 mAh
9500 mAh
8820 mAh

Music playback

131.00 hours

Video playback

11.00 hours

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 929



1. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Lumia 2520 is better than both :-D *Don't feed the troll

5. kbreeze415

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

I had the 2520 briefly and although I liked it , I ended up having to take it back due to this bugs I encountered. Great tab though, I just kept falling victim to the sleep of death. Not good when your trying to do an essay.

2. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Samsung ripped Windows Metro UI, sounds like Microsoft will sue judging by the tone on their website.

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

PhoneArena, I think you need to update your RAM graphic. I don't think that 1GB and 3GB worth of RAM should both be listed as "lots of RAM".

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Exactly what I said to myself on reading it

7. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Compared to the ipad air it is! Lol

4. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

just call it samsung windows 8 copycat version

8. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Technically they're quite different. You're falling into the category of calling everything with 4 wheels a car, or anything with squares on the screen Windows 8. Size, location, background, scroling, nearly everything is different other than having colored square shapes. Whatever I guess. As one pane in home screens I suppose it would be fine, sort of like the nexus 5 Google Now in the left most screen. As long as it doesn't overtake the whole home screen. I like a minimalist home screen that isn't busy. Windows and Apple phones bug me because you can't clean them up, like living with those people that cover their PC desktop with shortcuts until you can't find anything meaningful.

9. deepblack

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 09, 2013


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