The WiFi-only version of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (and Tab Pro 12.2) comes with Samsung’s Exynos 5420 chipset with four 1.9GHz processor cores and four 1.3GHz cores. The LTE model, on the other hand, is built around Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 with four 2.3GHz Krait 400 cores. Both have Adreno 330 graphics and 3GB of RAM, with a choice of 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, which can be expanded with microSD cards.
Software and S Pen
Samsung took advantage of this combination of processor power and large screen surface and offered specific practical advantages for the user. As many as four windows can be opened at the same time on the Note Pro 12.2, with a separate application running in each window — real multitasking. This means that, for instance, it is possible to select objects within one window with an S Pen and drag and drop them into a different window (if a Bluetooth mouse is used, the same can be achieved on Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2).
In addition, a fifth ‘floating’ window of any size can be drawn with the S Pen across all existing windows, complete with another application running inside.
Although Google’s Android OS 4.4 (KitKat) is the operating system for this model, extra features like multi-window support come courtesy of Samsung’s heavy user interface modification, which includes a new level of cosmetic changes to the TouchWiz UI, called Magazine UX. These changes are evident as soon as the display is unlocked. Instead of standard widgets, the display is divided into tabs which can hold information about the weather forecast, news, received emails, social network messages, etc. Just like on Windows Phone, these tiles are arranged and fill up the whole screen surface, despite the fact that they are not of the same size. Several home screens can be set up in this fashion.
With such a packed screen, it is hard to see at first glance how the apps drawer can be reached at all, but the icon which activates it is always situated in the upper right corner of the display, and covers a smaller portion of the first tile. Alternatively, it is possible to reach the icons with selected shortcuts by swiping a finger from the right edge towards the center, much like the Charms menu in Windows 8.
In addition, Samsung bundles its tablets with an opulent set of applications, including Hancom Office, which is a very rich and functional alternative to Microsoft Office.
All the applications adjusted for the S Pen are included on the Note Pro 12.2. These also come with Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), making this tablet actually the best currently available alternative to ‘real’ Ultrabooks. Still, apps designed for the S Pen can only be used with this stylus; a fingertip will not do and this can be annoying at times.
Large dimensions automatically mean large battery. Thus, the Note Pro 12.2 (and Tab Pro 12.2) comes with a Li-Ion battery with a hefty capacity of 9500 mAh, which offers great battery life in practice. It will last up to five days on WiFi-only models, with usual tablet usage, while LTE devices will have a third less battery life if the antenna is used often, which is still quite a long period.
Don’t stop now, Page 3 sums up our conclusions on the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.