Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 Preview
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.
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.
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.