It’s 2014, and if the rumor mill proves correct, this is the year Samsung will introduce a 12.2-inch tablet under the name Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.
So what do we actually know about the upcoming slate? Officially we know nothing, though various reports indicate it will be released sometime in the early part of this year. Just last week we also received a little information about the device’s specs, and today we are getting even more details about what to expect from the Note Pro.
According to a new report from SamMobile, the Note Pro features a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, an Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Other specs include an 8MP main camera, 2.1MP front cam, an IR blaster, NFC, Wifi 802.11 ac, a 9500 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0+ LE and a 12.2-inch display with a resolution of 2560×1600.
The tablet will also include Android 4.4.2 KitKat and a new version of TouchWiz. Reportedly the tablet UI will even receive some modifications that make it “more unique” — though it’s unclear what kind of changes are in the works. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 will also ship in two variants: the SM-P900 will be Wi-Fi only, and the SM-P905 will feature LTE capabilities.
As you can tell, the specs in the Note Pro 12.2 are very high-end to say the least. In an Antutu benchmark the Note Pro reportedly scored 34,261 points using experimental test software, though the device is said to be capable of scoring around 40,000 points once its software is better optimized for release. Benchmarks often mean very little when it comes to real world results, but it’s still nice to see how the Note Pro compares when scored against other high-end Android devices.
If the specs listed above are correct, the only major question left is when we’ll see the Note Pro. Although previous rumors pointed towards CES 2014, SamMobile’s sources claim the Pro won’t be unveiled until MWC 2014, held in Barcelona from the 24th to the 27th of February. Then again, Sammy usually announces its big products at special “Unpacked” events, so it’s really hard to say one way or the other.
Just remember that Samsung has yet to confirm the existence of the Note Pro, though it has certainly appeared in an increasing number of leaks. Bottom-line, take these specs and the alleged release time-frame with a grain of salt. What do you think, excited about the idea of a higher-end Samsung tablet? Could 2014 finally be the year that Samsung dethrones Apple in the tablet market?