Just as I was getting my hopes up about the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 appearing at the CES, which I will be attending with bells on, it now seems more likely that Samsung’s upcoming S-Pen-packing sizeable tablet will be presented during the MWC in Barcelona coming up in February. That’s it for the bad news. On the brighter side, specs about the Note Pro have been confirmed and some AnTuTu benchmark results have been shared.
It looks like 2014 will be Samsung’s time to shine in the tablet realm and with this new addition to the Galaxy line, they are out to a good start (the sooner the better Samsung, wink wink). For one, you can now expect a Wi-Fi (SM-P600) and a LTE (SM-P905) variant, as per previous news. So far more has been confirmed about the latter in that it will come with an impressive resolution of 2650x1600, 16:10 aspect ratio, run by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 ticking away at 2.3 GHM, an Adreno 330 GPU at 450MZ and 3 GB RAM like the Note 3. Compared to the average tablet, it will actually get decent cameras of 8MP (back) and 2.1 MP (front). We’re thinking the Wi-Fi version will get the same hardware, though it’s up in the air right now in regards to its processor which could be either a Snapdragon SoC or an Exynos SoC from Samsung.
This news is joined by the confirmation that Samsung will put a new spin on its usual TouchWiz UI and brand its new tablet with something more unique for the Note Pro. The tablet is also shaping out to come with Wi.Fi 802.11ac, NFC, Blutooth 4.0 + LE and to top it off, an IR blaster which is slowly becoming a standard in high-end smarpthones and tablets, allowing you to control your TV (especially as the company continues to push its new Smart TV industry).
Lastly, an AnTuTu benchmark test had the tablet score 34,261. Though apparently the performance and speed test was done while the Note Pro was running on some experimental software, different to what will actually be in the device when it finally is presented, where it could score 40,000. As expected, it will be stocked with the newest Android version, 4.4.2 KitKat.
Who’s with me in hoping that it appears sooner than the MWC, so I can get my greedy little fingers on it at the CES? There are also other rumored Samsung tablets set to come out, like Kris reported last week, such as the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Tab Pro 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite. Wishful thinking aside, what do you think of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. A welcome contender in the tablet realm?