Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 Preview

Interface and functionality


The tablet ships with the newest Android 4.4 KitKat, but Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX interface we are accustomed to, has been given a fresh coat of paint. So fresh, in fact, that it has received a different moniker – Magazine UX – indicating a brand new tablet-oriented interface that Samsung argues is mimicking the layout of traditional magazines we are accustomed to ruffling through.

While our prototype unit doesn't sport the Magazine UX overlay, from the hands-on time at CES we can attest that the idea is simple - the interface is akin to a traditional magazine face, which the largish screen diagonal enhances, and offers tiled layout called "dashboard" for categorizing your favorite content in terms of news feeds and most frequently used apps. Those tiles can be various sizes, vertical or horizontal, and they can serve as static widgets, throwing info and notifications at you, or be interactive, letting scroll within the section itself.

Since we also get the S Pen, features like Pen Window come very handy for calling a hovering app anywhere on the display. Furthermore, we get a new Multi Window mode now to enhance your multitasking productivity, as you can now split the screen in four adjustable size sections, which are actually useful on account of the large screen real estate.

In addition, the Galaxy NotePRO will ship with a selection of pre-loaded apps, content and services, such as Bitcasa, Bloomberg Businessweek+, Blurb, Cisco WebEx Meetings, Dropbox, Easilydo Pro for Tablet, Evernote, Hancom Office for Android, LinkedIn, LIVESPORT.TV, NY Times, Oxford Advanced Learner’s A-Z, and Sketchbook Pro. Not all of these apps and services will be available in all regions, but in general Samsung is throwing a free or timed access subscription to most of those, which cover a lot of work or play scenarios.


These chipset alternatives won't leave you longing for more, no matter how you stress the NotePRO, as these are currently the fastest kids on the block. Samsung went the extra mile, though, and equipped the tablet with 3 GB of RAM, knowing full well that with this screen real estate and resolution, you might be using the split-screen and Pen Window modes more often than on a regular tablet, running a number of productivity and entertainment apps at once.

It also stepped up on the storage, starting the NotePRO at 32 GB instead of the typical 16 GB today's larger Android slates wield. Of course, this being a Samsung tablet, you also get a microSD slot for storage expansion.

Internet and Connectivity


We already mentioned that there will be an Exynos 5 Octa version of the NotePRO, which will be Wi-Fi-only, or carry an HSPA+ radio with up to 21 Mbps download speeds. The NotePRO version with Snapdragon processor will be able to get on your carrier's fast 4G LTE network. The HSPA+ model will cover the global 850/900/1900/2100 MHz bands, whereas the LTE one will hop on the 800/900/1800/2600+850/2100 bands, which seem geared towards Europe and Asia, so US carrier versions of the tablet might come at a later date.

As for the other wireless radios, the NotePRO doesn't skim, sporting fast 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, infrared, and GPS with GLONASS support. 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.

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14 Comments

1. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

SS made a really good tabet but messed up a by not offering a external backlite keyboard like the surface pro and for the price there are asking for is should be included.

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The reason I still haven't got a tab is going back to the simple question: DO I REALLY NEED ONE? You see I have a large screen phone, so 7-8"-ers of same functionality minus placing a call never excited me much other than the geekery of having another device (which I don't need). I hold the hi-res large screen phone a little closer, and there you go. Now 'round 10"-ers make more sense, yes you won't hold them with one hand but on the table or your lap, but if you do so, like you did with your 14" to 17" laptop, why not go bigger? 12" makes sense, it's a better fit for your lap (wide enough), has a larger onscreen keyboard (or larger keyboard case) and all content are more comfortable to consume, especially movies. Now I still wouldn't be all that excited if this one didn't have the mutli-tasking options I think are mandatory for the size. Luckily there's slip-screen and windowed mode and the Magazine UX, providing in time you'll be able to add custom 3rd part widgets, can kick some adultery into well... supersized phones that tablets are mostly are without able to place a call. I like the idea of using a mouse too besides a BT keyboard, why not? Now it will come at a price, probably around $600ish, but the Tab version that's only really missing the Wacom digitizer and the pen, if it lands around $450, I'd definitely consider getting it.

6. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

You could ask this same question to any product out there. DO I REALLY NEED ONE? Do I really need a smart phone? Do I really need an HD TV? Do I really need a new car? Etc.

7. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Yes, I need them cause each of them are unique and usable. How a 7" tablet necessary if you have a 5.7" phablet? See my point?

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Every one needs and wants is different. I can't read comic on a 5.7 phablet. I does it with great difficulty with my 7.7 but I am sure the 12.2 would aid me greatly. Bye bye to my 7.7 soon and good ridden..

3. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

2560 x 1600 pixels with this resoloution with snapdragon 800 it couldnt give solid performance like 1080p mobile phones :/

4. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Have you try it??

5. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

look at the benchmark results :D ahahah

11. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

And you fail sir,just by looking at the benchmark,I am currently using Note 10.1 2014 ver. and no issue with it.You should at least try outside when it is available in your country :)

14. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

He will not try, or just a few seconds with the sample model in the store (which does not tell anything)

8. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

They should've made a 8.4 inch Note Pro

9. victory_zhou

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

Do we really need a ture octa core processor

10. TH30RY

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Cant wait to pick up the LTE NOTE PRO Bring it on SAMSUNG :)

12. deepblack

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

anything over a pound or so is considered too heavy in the days of the iPad Air or Tablet Z fashion models, and the NotePRO weighs almost two. - Why PA compares the weights of 10inchs tablets such as ipad air and sony's Z in this review ? Samsung already announced 10inch tablet Galaxy tab pro 10.1 which is *lighter* than ipad air or sony Z. comparing weights of 12inchs tablet with 10inchs tablet? ughh.
Galaxy NotePRO 12.2
  • Display 12.2" 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 9500 mAh

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