Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 vs Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 – Which One to Buy?

Published on February 13th, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 are Samsung’s latest flagship Android tablets, that comes with a much larger display of 12.2-inch. Both tablets where first seen and introduced at the CES 2014 last January. They both run on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat and features a new User Interface. Both the external and internal aspects are pretty much the same. But Despite having many similarities, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 does have differences. These differences will distinguish them from each other. Let’s take a look and find out which 12.2-inch tablet is the best for you.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 vs Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 vs Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2

The Similarities

First, let’s find out what do these Android tablets have in common. Both the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz UI and Magazine. They are powered by the same Exynos 5 5420 Octa Core SoC and the same Mali graphics processor. They also have 3GB of RAM, comes in 32GB or 64GB internal storage and have expandable memory via microSD.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 have a nice 12.2-inch Super Clear LCD display at WQXGA resolution of 2560×1600. They both have an 8 megapixel rear facing camera and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. They also have WiFi 802.11ac dual band wireless connectivity, Bluetooth and microUSB port. Even their physical dimensions are the same. Now let’s move on to their differences.

The Differences

One major difference between the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 vs Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 is that the Galaxy Note Pro comes with a Stylus Pen, just like all the other Note series tablets and phablets. If you are familiar with the Galaxy Note 2/3 and Galaxy Note Tab, you know what the S Pen can do for you. Meanwhile the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 doesn’t have any S Pen, just like its Galaxy Tab predecessors. But the Galaxy Tab 12.2 comes with Data connectivity, giving you access to 2G, 3G and HSPA networks via a micro SIM.

Another difference would be their price, most probably. But I’m not sure yet how much is the retail price of the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 as it’s not yet listed on online stores.

UPDATE: Just an update, both the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab Pro will have a WiFi only and 3G/LTE variant. The WiFi only will be powered by the Exynos 5 SoC, while the 3G/LTE variant will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 SoC. So basically the only difference with the Note Pro 12.2 and Tab Pro 12.2 is the S Pen.

Specs vs Specs

SpecificationsSamsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
Operating SystemAndroid v4.4 KitKatAndroid v4.4 KitKat
ChipsetExynos 5 Octa 5420Exynos 5 Octa 5420
Processor1.9GHz Cortex A15 and 1.3GHz Cortex A7 Quad Core1.9GHz Cortex A15 and 1.3GHz Cortex A7 Quad Core
Graphics ProcessorMali T628 MP6Mali T628 MP6
Display12.2-inch Super Clear LCD, 16M colors
2560x1600, 247 ppi, multi touch 10 fingers
12.2-inch Super Clear LCD, 16M colors
2560x1600, 247 ppi, multi touch 10 fingers
Memory3GB3GB
Storage32GB / 64GB32GB / 64GB
Expandable StoragemicroSD up to 64GBmicroSD up to 64GB
Camera Rear8 megapixels, 3264x2448, AF, LED Flash8 megapixels, 3264x2448, AF, LED Flash
Camera Front2 megapixels2 megapixels
Network2G, 3G, HSPA, Micro SIMNone
DATAGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 42.2Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 MbpsNone
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 ac, dual band, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
Infrared Port
microUSB v3 (MHL), USB Host
WiFi 802.11 ac, dual band, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
Infrared Port
microUSB v3 (MHL), USB Host
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro, CompassAccelerometer, Gyro, Compass
GPSGPS with GLONASS and A-GPSGPS with GLONASS
Dimensions295.6mm x 204mm x 8mm295.6mm x 204mm x 8mm
Weight732 grams750 grams, w/ S Pen Stylus
ColorsBlackBlack, White
BatteryLi-Ion 9500 mAh battery non-removableLi-Ion 9500 mAh battery non-removable

Price and Where to Buy

The 32GB model of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is currently at $749.99, while the 64GB is priced at $849.99 and comes with free shipping when you order here. Currently I don’t have price for the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, but the 16GB Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is priced at $499.99 here, while the 16GB 8.4 inch model is at $399.99 here.

I’ll update this post once the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 gets listed online. In the meantime, let’s go back to the main question, which tablet should you get? This really depends on what you need most. Choose the Note Pro if you think you need most the Stylus Pen feature, since that is really the only difference. Personally I would go for the Note Pro 12.2 since you can do more with the S Pen, and I’ll just leave the Data/Network connectivity with my smartphone. But it is expected that the Note Pro 12.2 will be priced higher than the Tab Pro 12.2

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Review and Unboxing

Below are two videos of Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 review. One is an unboxing video, which the other focus on the applications and user interface of the Note Pro 12.2. The video review below are courtesy of UNDERkg and MobileTechReview. I suggest you watch the review by Lisa (MobileTechReview) since it is an in depth and full review of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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