Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, 10.1 and 12.2 specs review: 'proactive, progressive, productive'
The faux leather back with stitching accents, pioneered with the Note 3, is here to stay with the new TabPROs, which gives them a more buttoned-down look than glossy plastic. All three slates manage to stay in the sub-8mm category, which is the waterline for calling them thin. In fact, the TabPRO 10.1 and 8.4 are the thinnest tablets our there, only beaten by the Sony Xperia Tablet Z.
Samsung is betting on an very high resolution display, however, which not many devices with those screen diagonals are able to offer yet. At 2560x1600, the panels cram four million pixels on their surface, which is especially crazy in the smallest 8.4" TabPRO, which holds the record for a pixel density on a tablet at 359ppi. Even with the largest 12" TabPRO's 247ppi, the pixel density is more than enough so that even the hardest screen purists won't notice any icon or text jaggies, not to mention detail imperfections.
Depending on whether you want LTE connectivity with your Galaxy TabPROs or not, you will be getting your choice of the new "true octa-core" Exynos 5 Octa, which can have all eight cores firing up at once, pushing those four sections of the Multi-Window mode with ease. The LTE versions will come with the no less powerful quad-core Snapdragon 800, clocked at the respectable 2.3 GHz. The chipset alternatives won't leave you longing for more, no matter how you stress the new slates, as these are currently the fastest kids on the block. Snapdragon 805 would be an overkill, but we've no doubt that Samsung would issue tablets with true 4K displays, once that chipset becomes mainstream.
We already mentioned that there will be an Exynos 5 Octa version, which will carry Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity up to 21 Mbps in the case of the TabPRO 12.2, and 42 Mbps for the smaller tablets. The Snapdragon one will be able to get on your carrier's fast 4G LTE network.
As for the other wireless radios, the tablets don't skip, sporting Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac in a dual-band MIMO (2.4 & 5 GHz) setup, Wi-Fi Direct, AllShareCast, BT4.0, and GPS with GLONASS support. In the case of the TabPRO 12.2, wired connectivity is taken care of with the microUSB port in the 3.0 standard, ensuring very fast transfer of files to and from the slate, whereas the 8.4" and 10.1" TabPRO stick with USB 2.0 connectivity.
The 8 MP camera on the rear of the TabPRO family is of the auto focus variety, and comes accompanied by an LED Flash. Featuring Zero Shutter Lag, it takes advantage of the numerous shooting and scene modes the typical Samsung camera interface offers, such as Panorama, HDR, Sports, Night and so on. There is also a 2 MP wide-angle front camera for your video chat sessions.
With a 9500 mAh, Samsung's Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 is quoted to last 10 hours of video playback on a charge, which is above average for an Android slate, so you can rest assured it will last a whole day at the office or on the go when you are away from a charger. Given that the smaller, TabPRO 10,1 features an also-generous 8220 mAh battery pack, it would also last above average for the category, and the same goes for the 4800 mAh juicer of the smallest TabPRO 8.4.