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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

OSAndroid (5.0, 4.4)Android (4.4)iOS (10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
Dimensions11.64 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)
Weight26.56 oz (753 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
26.10 oz (740 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
16.86 oz (478 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
Materials  Main body: Aluminum
Physical size12.2 inches12.2 inches9.7 inches
Resolution2560 x 1600 pixels2560 x 1600 pixels2048 x 1536 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

247 ppi247 ppi264 ppi

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Super Clear LCDSuper Clear LCDIPS LCD
Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

71.57 %71.57 %71.65 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera8 megapixels8 megapixels5 megapixels
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

Focal length (35mm equivalent)

Focal length (35mm equivalent) - The lower (shorter) the focal length number, the wider the shot will be. Conversely, longer focal length cameras produce narrower frames, which can be used for telephoto (zoomed-in) purposes.

  33 mm
Hardware FeaturesAutofocusAutofocusAutofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Software FeaturesDigital zoom, Geo taggingDigital zoom, Geo taggingDigital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Recording format MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMVH.264, MOV
Features  Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
Front-facing camera2 megapixels2 megapixels1.2 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD) 1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Apple A7

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

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

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Adreno 330Adreno 330PowerVR G6430
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

3 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR33 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR31 GB RAM / LPDDR3
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

64 GB64 GB128 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

microSD, microSDHCmicroSD, microSDHC 

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

9500 mAh9500 mAh8820 mAh
Music playback131.00 hours  
Video playback11.00 hours  
Screen mirroring Wireless screen shareTV-out

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

  800, 1900 MHz
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD) Bands 8, 3, 1, 7Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), LTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, UMTSLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, UMTSLTE, HSPA, UMTS
Shopping information
MSRP price  $ 929

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posted on 07 Jan 2014, 14:21 1

1. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 14:46

5. kbreeze415 (Posts: 24; Member since: 21 Jul 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.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 14:25 1

2. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

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

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 14:28 8

3. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1639; Member since: 14 Feb 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".

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 15:00 3

6. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Exactly what I said to myself on reading it

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 15:12 1

7. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)

Compared to the ipad air it is! Lol

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 14:45

4. volcano (Posts: 348; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

just call it samsung windows 8 copycat version

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 15:15 4

8. talon95 (Posts: 753; Member since: 31 Jul 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.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 18:44

9. deepblack (Posts: 50; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


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