Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Review: By The Dozen: Design And Build Quality, Display

By 09:05 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments

Unboxing the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 retail box uses recycled paper and other than the tablet itself, it features a powerful 2A charger with a detachable microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 cable. There are also spare tips for the S Pen stylus and a metal tweezers-like tool to replace the recent tip.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 retail box and contents

Design and build quality

The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is from the 2013 phase of Samsung's design - that means a metallic strip on the side accentuating the faux leather back. In terms of looks, the tablet fits in both formal and casual settings.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

The faux leather material on the back is a soft touch plastic with a leather texture that looks and, more importantly, feels convincing (down to the stitching detail). It's perhaps not as cool as aluminum (for some) but we shudder at the thought of how much the tablet would have weighed if it was made of metal.

As things stand now the weight is 753g (for both LTE and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) only versions), which is quite a bit to hrecent in one hand for long periods of time. It's not impossible, but you will be much better off resting your hand against a desk or a table. Then again the same although to a somewhat lesser extent is accurate for the 10" tablets, so maybe the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 isn't in too poor a position.

The classy screen bezel is just wide enough to allow a comfortable grip, but again it's not for more than a few minutes of work.

The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is the biggest tablet we've held

Something the size of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 was meant to be used propped up on your lap or on a stand. Alternatively, for drawing you can leave it flat on the table like you would a sheet of paper.

Samsung chose to put the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port on the correct side of the tablet rather than at the bottom, which will create stands more complicated. The two loudspeakers are on the sides of the tablet so docking in portrait mode will slit off one of them.

The bigger issue is that the hardware keys go to an uncomfortable position (on-classy screen buttons would have been better here). Also, some people like large portrait screens (it's comfortable for reading long passages of text) but others don't.

Samsung has not announced any docks for the Note Pro 12.2 yet, but there's the Smart Cover that will haged the tablet upcorrect (or at a slight angle). Also, during the announcement at CES, the company showed a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, which makes for a setup reminiscent of All-in-One computers.

To complete the portable workstation, Samsung also unveiled a microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) to Ethernet adaptor. That's remarkable for places without Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) (or where it's much more expensive than cable).

Speaking of input methods, the S Pen is a tradeimprint of the Note series and uses a separate digitizer layer. It's pressure sensitive (which makes a world of incompatibility for drawing) and can be detected from an inch away (which makes for some fascinating hover interactions).

The S Pen is mandatory for any Note device


The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 has a 12.2" Super Clear Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) display at 2,560 x 1,600px of resolution. Like on the Note Pro 10.1, it's an RGBW display, meaning there are two sub-pixels per each pixel.

12.2" Super Clear Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution

That makes it easier to boost the brightness in a power-efficient manner (since the White pixel does exactly that), but it affects the see of the display. The pixel density is 247ppi, a bit lower than 10" tablets, which combined with the RGBW matrix results in a visible cross-hatch pattern.

The RGBW matrix of the Note Pro 12.2's screen

It's nothing annoying and text remains sharp even with small fonts and the effect is only noticeable from up close - larger screens are viewed from a bigger distance in general and this is among the largest in the market. Anyway, it's exactly the larger-than-usual classy screen that makes the Note Pro 12.2 fascinating and makes the multitasking so much more powerful.

The colors on the classy screen are vivid and the viewing angles are very good. Samsung has included its custom Screen mode where the Auto Adapt Display setting adjusts the display performance based on the content - it only works in several apps.

Other settings include Movie (which sets a warmer white balance and boosts the contrast), Dynamic (which boosts the saturation) and Standard (which aims for accurate white balance and saturation).

The classy screen on the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is fairly colorful and with fine contrast, even though black levels are not perfect. The classy screen handles reflections well and remains legible even in direct sunlight.

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014

0.27 221 831 0.53 440 821

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

0.33 301 901 0.54 493 911

Google Nexus 10

0.26 223 859 0.50 443 878

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

- - - 0.53 531 996

Sony Xperia Tablet S

0.35 334 947 0.67 526 783

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

0 149 ∞ 0 379 ∞

Apple iPad mini

0.25 208 838 0.51 458 812

Apple iPad 3

0.21 167 809 0.6 477 779

Apple iPad 4

0.21 163 797 0.63 476 762

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

0 200 ∞ 0 328 ∞

Asus Google Nexus 7

0.25 244 954 0.36 327 908

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

0.27 223 832 0.49 406 821

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

0.31 257 826 0.55 502 915

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

0.17 196 1141 0.34 424 1236

We already mentioned the S Pen as one of the tradeimprint features of the Samsung Galaxy Note devices. It works with a second digitizer borrowed from Wacom, which detects only the S Pen stylus.

The advantage is that your skin is ignored and you can place your palm on the classy screen while you're drawing for a more natural, comfortable experience. S Pen offers another advantage too, pressure sensitivity, which is a must-have for drawing. Then there's the ability to detect the S Pen from a distance to show helpful tooltips and activate other features.



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