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Samsung Introduces a Bevy or New Tablets

In just a couple of days, Samsung will be releasing a bevy of new Android tablets. Essentially there will be two distinct lines, one called the Galaxy Note Pro and the second called the Galaxy Tab Pro. These two lines are essentially identical, but the Note version will come with their S-Pen, made famous in Samsung’s smaller “phablet” sized phones carrying the Note name.

Each of these lines will come in 3 sizes, depending upon what suits your needs. There will be a smaller 8.4-inch model, a mid-sized 10.1-inch model, and a larger 12.2-inch model. Each of these will come in either a WiFi-only version, or an LTE version (with WiFi of course). And if that wasn’t enough selection to boggle your mind, they’ll come in 32 GB and 64 GB models too (and if you need more storage, all of the new tablets come with a MicroSD slot that can accept cards up to 64 GB in size). That’s a lot to choose from, so make sure you know what size you need, whether you want an S-Pen, how much memory you want, and whether you need cellular data.

All of the devices come with the same screen resolution, which is 2560 x 1600. This is the highest resolution ever to be offered on a tablet, which means it out-pixels the new Apple iPad Air, which has a resolution of only 2048 x 1536. Of course the smaller the tablet, the higher the pixel density, which will be approximately 359 ppi for the 8.4-inch model. The mid-sized model gets 299 ppi, while the larger model gets 249 ppi. Unlike many of Samsungs...



phones and tablets however, they do not get Super AMOLED screens. Instead they use what Samsung calls Super Clear LCD displays, but they acquit themselves very well.

All offer an 8 megapixel rear camera, which is a bit disappointing, as one would have hoped they’d have included the 13-megapixel camera from the Galaxy S4. The also have a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video conferencing. They do however offer the same excellent camera software as the S4, less a feature or two.

Battery sizes are either 8,220 mAh or 9,500 mAh. I couldn’t find any agreement on which battery size comes with which models, but it appears as though the Tab gets the smaller one, while the Note gets the larger one.

The chipsets in the tablets will depend upon whether you buy an LTE model or a WiFi-only model. The tablets with just WiFi come with a Samsung Exynos chipset sporting their octa-core processor and a Mali T628MP6 GPU. This is actually a dual quad-core setup that runs with the 1.3 GHz cores when demand is low, or with the faster 1.9 GHz cores when demand is high. The LTE models come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset featuring an Adreno 330 GPU. This chipset sports a 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor that uses dynamic speed scaling.

I recently had a chance to try out a WiFi-only Note Pro 10.1 and I was fairly impressed. The only things that really didn’t qualify for a 5-out-of-5 rating however were the 8 megapixel camera, the lack of a dedicated menu softkey, and lackluster GPS performance. Aside from those minor gripes, there is little to complain about.

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