Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 Preview


With a 9500 mAh, Samsung's Galaxy NotePRO 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 get you through a whole day at the office or on the go when you are away from a charger. We will know how it stacks against the competition when we put the retail unit through our battery benchmark testing procedure.


Samsung's debut in the 12” ring has added value in the case of the NotePRO, thanks to the S Pen stylus and its usage modes, as well as its tailored apps. It multiplies the productivity scenarios the largish tablet can be used for, and is a joy to use on a 12.2” panel. With great screen size comes great weight, though – 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.

The big and heavy slate is thus limited in portability, which is the whole point of carrying around a tablet. When you tack on keyboard folios and other accessories, you might be better off with an ultrabook or convertible, some of which weigh less than a NotePRO with keyboard accessory, and offer more, especially the Win 8.1 ones. 

We'd have to wait for the final retail unit and official pricing scheme of the 12” S Pen-wielding tablet before we pass a final verdict, but for now it seems like a well-made niche device, predominantly for stylus aficionados.



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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