Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 Review

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Samsung introduced its PRO line of Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note tablets at CES in January. We had a brief chance to check out these new tablets while at CES and now we have the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 in house for a full hands-on review. As you may recall, this tablet features a 10.1-inch WQXGA display that supports a resolution of 2560 x 1600.

On paper, the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 has the hardware specifications we’d expect to see from a tablet that targets professionals who are looking for the “best of the best” including an impressive display, Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, Android 4.4 (KitKat), 2GB RAM, and 16GB of Flash storage. Samsung also claims the Tab Pro 10.1 can last for up to nine hours on a single charge.

At quick glance, it’s hard to tell the difference between the Tab Pro 10.1 and one of the company’s other 10-inch tablets, like the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. In fact, these two tablets look identical from the front and have a similar white-leather backing. While Samsung’s Note series includes the S Pen and corresponding functionality, the Tab series doesn’t have this functionality. In exchange for giving up the S Pen the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 has a slightly lower price tag. For some users, the S Pen and price difference may be key differentiating factors that helps sway your preference one way or another.

Before we dive in to the full hands-on review, let’s take a closer look at the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1:

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1
Specifications & Features
OS
Android KitKat 4.4
CPU
Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz Quadcore + 1.3 GHz Quadcore)
Display
10.1-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) Super clear LCD
Memory
2GB RAM
16GB Flash storage

microSD up to 64 GB
Size
16.54 ounces
9.57 x 6.74 x 0.287 inches
Camera
2.0 Megapixel Front Camera
8.0 Megapixel Rear Camera with Flash and 4x Digital Optical Zoom
Camera Features
Auto Focus; Dual-Camera; Dual-Recording; Geo-Tagging; HD Playback; HD Recording; LED Flash; Online Image Editing; Photo Editing; Sharing Capabilities: Bluetooth, Dropbox, E-Meeting, Flip Board, Email, Gmail, Google+, Drive, Hangouts, Wi-Fi-Direct, Picasa, Photos, Memo; Shot Modes: Beauty Face, Panorama, Best Face, Best Photo, Drama Shot, Rich Tone (HDR), Eraser, Auto, Sound & Shot, Sports; TV/Video-Out: HDMI, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi; Video; Video Editing; Zero Shutter Lag
Battery
8220mAh Lithium Ion, 3.8 Volt
Music Play Time Up to 147 Hours
Video Play Time Up to 10 Hours                 
Internet Use Time Up to 10 Hours
Connectivity
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
GPS
+ GLONASS
IrLED

Dual-Band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
USB 2.0
Price
$499.99 current retail price

 

In addition to powerful hardware, Samsung includes a number of unique software features with the Tab Pro 10.1 that bring additional functionality to the tablet. Let's have a closer look...

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