Saturday, 8 March 2014

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1

Samsung is trying hard to diversify its tablet lineup and bring a little something for everyone to the market. The Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is the middle child of the premium segment, or as a more succinct description would put it a Galaxy Note tablet without the S Pen.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is available in black and white. It's a fairly accurate one, the most obvious difference between the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) is the lack of the trademark stylus. Something you might miss at first glance is that the Tab Pro 10.1 is a good 70g lighter, perfectly capable of matching the delicate elegance of an iPad Air. There are a few other differences too, like 2GB RAM instead of 3GB and no 64GB storage option (but with the microSD card slot at hand, that barely matters).

10.1" 16M-color Super Clear PLS capacitive touchscreen of 2560 x 1600 resolution
Wi-Fi only model: Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7, Mali-T628MP6 GPU; Exynos 5420 chipset
LTE model: quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400, Adreno 330 GPU; Snapdragon 800 chipset
2GB of RAM
Android OS v4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz UI
One of a kind split-screen multitasking and pop-up mini apps
Quad-band GPRS/EDGE/HSPA and hexa-band LTE connectivity cat.4 (S800 model only)
Voice calls (on LTE model only)
16/32 GB of built-in memory
8 MP autofocus camera, 3264x2448 pixels, geotagging
1080p video recording @ 60fps (LTE model) / 1080p video recording @30fps (Wi-Fi model)
2MP front-facing camera; 1080p videos
Side-mounted stereo speakers
Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Stereo Bluetooth v4.0
microUSB 2.0; HDMI TV-out (adapter required), USB host (adapter required)
microSD card slot
Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
Infrared port
GPS with A-GPS support; GLONASS, digital compass
1080p XviD/MKV video support with subtitles
Accelerometer, three-axis Gyroscope sensor
Polaris Office 5 document editor preinstalled
8,220mAh Li-Po battery

Another point of reference would be the Tab Pro 10.1's predecessor, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. This is an unfair comparison though, as the Tab 3 sports a 1,280 x 800 screen, dual-core Intel Atom chipset, 3MP/720p camera and is overall a midrange offering. This makes the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 Samsung's flagship 10" tablet for the everyman who won't find much use of the S Pen or the slightly richer app package.

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