For some people, the 10.1 inch tablets available today just aren’t big enough. They want something bigger. Samsung, though, appears happy to cater for them with the release of 12.2 inch tablet. Is it big enough?
Built for people who think bigger really is better, Samsung’s Note Pro is the next evolution of a tablet, raising the size from the 7, 8, and 10 inch models we’ve seen thus far, and introducing something much much bigger, with a 12.2 inch screen.
In a way, it’s like holding the screen out of a laptop, as if you’ve removed the heavy part of an Ultrabook and just decided to take the screen with you, especially since you’re holding a 12 inch display.
For Samsung, this 12 inch display is actually 12.2 inches, and packs in a screen resolution higher than that of Full HD with 2560×1600 showing here. With these two factors, you’ll find a pixel clarity of 247 pixels per inch, not far from what Apple’s Retina-classed MacBook Pro 13 shows (226ppi, and bigger is better).
Two versions will be made, with the differences based on specs and connection options. If you opt for the WiFi only version, you’ll technically find eight cores of power, with a quad core 1.9GHz chip working alongside a quad-core 1.3GHz processor, but only connectivity on WiFi and Bluetooth.
However, if you’re more into having mobile connectivity where ever you go, the 4G LTE version comes equipped with the same chip used in the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.
Outside of these differences, everything else is mostly the same, with 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD slot for expanding on the space inside, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, a USB 3.0 connector, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, and Android 4.4 “KitKat.”
Also included is that Samsung S-Pen Galaxy Note devices always have, meaning you can write, draw, scribble, and do anything you might use a pen for, except digitally and on a screen.
Hands on with the device, and it’s one interesting tablet.
Aesthetically, it’s basically a big Galaxy Note 10.1, and a massive Galaxy Note 3, with a screen up front, while the back of the tablet sticks with Samsung’s latest idea of making plastic feel more like leather, and as such adopts exactly what the Galaxy Note 3 had, a fake leather back, complete with fake stitching.
While the effect on the Note 3 came off feeling a little tacky, on the bigger Note Pro, it somehow works, and provides something more substantial to hold on to rather than the typically slick glossy greasy plastic we’re used to feeling on Android tablets.