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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2

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Interface and Functionality

A brand new Magazine UX replaces icons with tiles and adds neat multitasking. Underneath it all, we’re happy to see the newest Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

The Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 ships with the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat on board, and having a non-Nexus device with the newest Android software is great to see. Samsung, of course, did not leave Android in its stock form, and actually uses its own brand new user interface on top. Samsung calls it the Magazine UX, a skin that builds upon the familiar TouchWiz base to cater specifically to tablets.

Magazine UX introduces new looks with large-sized tiles that somewhat remind us of interfaces like the one in Flipboard or of Microsoft’s Modern UI. There are all sorts of these tiles - some update automatically to bring you the latest news, others serve as shortcuts to apps (instead of the traditional icons), and some are like widgets. You can also rearrange and resize them in all sorts of ways, which is nice. Overall, the new Magazine UX with these tiles that are larger than the usual Android icons, seems to do a good job of making Android more approachable to first time users. You can have multiple screens with those tiles, and alongside you can also add a panel with traditional icons, but you need to have at least one tile-based screen.

Power users, of course, can always install a launcher like Nova that brings nearly stock user interface with a more traditional, icon-based Android experience - that’s the beauty of Android, being able to customize it fully to your taste and needs.

The new Magazine UI, however, includes more than just the usual Samsung suite of apps. Sure, the Samsung app store and features like Smart Stay, Blocking Mode, S Voice, and KNOX are here, but it is clear that this app is clearly made to take care of business. It comes with Cisco’s WebEx Meetings app, a built-in Hancom office with Word, Excel and PowerPoint replacement apps and Bloomberg’s Businessweek+. Being a ‘pro’ tablet, the Tab Pro 12.2 also features improved Multi Window multitasking that allows you to run up to four apps at the same time. Can the Tab Pro 12.2 replace a laptop for business users, though, and become the first of this new ‘tabtop’ category? We will be looking forward to answering this question once we get the finalized version of the tablet.

Processor and Memory

A version with octa-core Exynos, and a version with Snapdragon – a version without LTE, and one with.

The tablet features the latest octa-core Samsung Exynos chip with 3GB of RAM (some models will ship with Snapdragon 800).

As for the technical details, we are looking at a big.LITTLE combination of four high-performance 1.9GHz Cortex A15 cores and four power-efficient 1.3GHz Cortex A7 cores. Graphics are taken care of by the Mali-T628 MP6 GPU, which should be powerful enough to handle even the most requiring games out there (again, other models will ship with the almost equally powerful Snapdragon 800).

The Tab Pro 12.2 comes in a model with 32GB of internal storage and another one with 64 gigs on board, but both support expandable storage, taking in microSD cards of up to 64GB. Thus, total on board storage could reach 128 gigs, which should be enough for most users.

Internet and Connectivity

12.2 inches means that you can enjoy desktop versions of websites on an Android tablet.

You can access the web on the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 either via Samsung’s custom Android browser or via Google’s mobile Chrome (Adobe Flash is not supported natively). The big plus of the 12.2-inch Tab Pro is that it's almost as large as the average ultrabook, so you can enjoy webpages in their full size and glory - without needing to zoom in or deal with mobile versions. The high resolution makes a big difference when reading as you can make out even tinier fonts easily.

The Tab Pro 12.2 comes in both a Wi-Fi-only and a 4G LTE-enabled model. By all visible clues, it seems that Samsung will release a separate version for the United States that supports U.S. specific LTE bands, and another one for the rest of the world supporting most European and Asian LTE bands. Both 4G versions will also be able to fall back to 3G networks in case your carrier does not support LTE just yet.

Other connectivity options include dual-channel Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, but there is no NFC on board.

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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)
26.10 oz  (740 g)

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