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Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 Review

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2

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Pretty good 8 MP camera makes for decent photos and video recording, but shooting with the large slate is unwieldy

The 8 MP camera on the rear of the NotePRO 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. You also get a 2 MP front-facing shooter, which does 720p video recording.

The photos come out nice, with amount of detail akin to the resolution. Contrast seems to receive a slight boost in Auto mode, compared to the actual scene, resulting in more intensive colors, and overall frame that often appears a tad underexposed. When you shoot contrasting scenes, we'd recommend to use the Rich Tone (HDR) mode of the tablet, which does a fine job of toning down bright objects, and highlighting the shadows at the same time.

Indoors the tablet also performs well, with accurate color presentation, and minimal blur when you hold the tablet steady. Visible noise creeping up only in the darkest of scenes, and the LED flash does a decent job illuminating the scene from a five feet distance.

The NotePRO records 1080p video with 30fps, and the footage stays fluid regardless of the light around, without noticeable artifacts. Exposure compensation is fast when you pan around with the tablet, but shooting video with a 12-incher is, needless to say, a funky experience.


The gallery offers a split-screen view with folders on the left, and their content shown in grid preview on the right. The tablet offers very rich editing options, which are enhanced with stylus-friendly features to draw and annotate on your photos.

Your tunes catalog gets a new, minimalistic tabbed layout in a conservative, but very readable black and white color scheme. The player's controls themselves have received a minimalistic redraw, too, those these keep Samsung's blueish color scheme. The NotePRO has a number of sound modes and equalizer presets, while the two stereo speakers on the sides are powerful, but the output is not particularly full or clean.

Most manufacturers stopped support for DivX-encoded videos recently, and Samsung is no exception. You can play MKV and Xvid videos in up to 1080p resolution with the NotePRO's stock player, but not DivX ones. That can be easily remedied with a trip to the Play Store, though. Video playback looks beautiful on the huge and luminant high-res display, so watching movies or other footage is one of the selling points for this tablet.

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Display12.2 inches, 2560 x 1600 pixels (247 ppi) Super Clear LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400 processor
Size11.64 x 8.03 x 0.31 inches
(295.6 x 204 x 7.95 mm)
26.56 oz  (753 g)

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