TabPRO 10.1 beats iPad Air with better display, more storage

18 March 2014

Samsung’s next gen of top-tier tabs is hitting Aussie shelves this week and throughout March. The Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 and the NotePRO 12.1 are to be the first in line. Both tablets boast a huge 2560x1600 resolution that beats the Retina Display of an iPad Air and almost doubles the number of pixels of a 1080p HD display.

The TabPRO 10.1 WiFi-only with 32GB of storage will make its debut this week for $599, which is only a dollar more than the 16GB iPad Air. The 16GB WiFi + 4G TabPRO will come on March 24th for $749.

The NotePRO 12.1 is also available this week. The 32GB WiFi-only option will run for RRP $1099 and the 32GB WiFi + 4G will be $1249.

The NotePRO 12.1 and TabPRO 10.1 will be available from the Samsung Experience stores in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as from leading tech vendors across Australia.

Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 features

The TabPRO 10.1 is the more casual option that we think will be the bigger hit. Happily, Samsung didn’t cheap out on the 10.1 inch screen, which also rocks the stunning 2560x1600 resolution even though it's the cheaper of the two tablets. Thanks to this it's one of the most pixel-dense tablets on the market. At 299 pixels per inch (ppi) it beats out the iPad Air by 35ppi, despite being .4 inches larger diagonally.

Depending on which version you're after the TabPRO runs a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU (4G) or a quad-core 1.9GHz backed by by another quad-core 1.3GHz (WiFi). Either variant comes with 2GB of RAM. We think $599 for the 32GB WiFi-only TabPRO is quite generous. By comparison, the 16GB WiFi iPad Air is $598 currently in Australia, but gives you 16GB less storage space and a smaller screen with worse resolution.

The WiFi TabPRO 10.1 is also thinner than the iPad Air at 7.3mm compared to 7.5mm. Both tablets weigh exactly 469g.

Galaxy NotePRO 12.1 features

The NotePRO 12.1 takes a small step towards bridging the gap between the functionality of a laptop and the convenient portability of a tablet. It is a powerful device aimed at folk who want to get work done and create content, as well as providing the more casual use of regular tablets.

Samsung's Multi-Window feature has been expanded on the NotePRO to support 4 windows simultaneously. Thanks to the larger 12.1 inch display it can do this without making things too cramped. This allows users to work across multiple apps simultaneously, which is not something most tablets can do.

The S-Pen should also help. It has traditionally supported a feature called Pen Window, whereby you can draw a custom-sized window in which an app is opened. This wasn't very useful on the Note phablet line, but we can see it working on this big a screen for some apps.

Depending on which version the NotePRO runs a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU (4G) or a quad-core 1.9GHz backed by another quad-core 1.3GHz (WiFi). Both have 3GB of RAM and will be powerful enough to handle anything that Android can currently throw at them. It is just 7.95mm thick and weighs a comparatively-heavy 753g (4G) or 750g (WiFi).

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