As its name suggests, Samsung’s next high-end tablet will boast a slightly larger than the current, 12.2-inch display with huge resolution of 2560×1600 pixels. The tablet will come in two versions, LTE (SM-P905), which is the one that was benchmarked, and non-LTE (SM-P900). As for the LTE version, it is known that it houses a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB RAM, 8MP back camera and 2.1MP front-facing shooter and Android 4.4.2 KitKat, heavily modified with a new version of TouchWiz, which is said to be different from everything we have seen so far. We bet the non-LTE model (SM-P900) will carry exactly the same hardware, except for the processor; while it might inherit the Snapdragon 800 SoC, there’s a chance Samsung would want to put its own Exynos chipset in its place.
According to the benchmark scores, the Samsung SM-P905 is a top performer, even though it was tested running beta software. We expect even better scores when it’s fully baked.
Overall, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 seems like it has what it takes to dethrone the iPad Air, at least on paper. But the actual experience is the thing that matters, and we can’t say anything else until we try it in our hands.