Today we look at the middle child in Samsung's new family of Pro Android tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 sits in between the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (also available as the Tab Pro 12.2, minus pen features). The Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is in many ways the no-pen version of the Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Previously, Samsung offered a line of mid-range Android tablets and if you wanted high end features you had to go with the Note series, even if you didn't want their S Pen and related features. The question is, how many of you don't want that pen?
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 looks just like the Note 10.1 2014 edition, right down to the seriously slim design and faux leather plastic back that's available in your choice of black or white. The tablet weighs a hair over a pound, making it as light as the iPad Air. Like the Note, it runs on Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa 1.9GHz CPU with MALI T628 graphics. That 5420 has two sets of quad cores, one for high demand tasks and one for low demand tasks. It has 2 gigs of RAM rather than the Note's 3 gigs (one might assume the pen features require more RAM). The $499 WiFi only tablet has 16 gigs of storage. Samsung doesn't list a 32 gig model here in the US, so we don't know if it's coming.
The 10.1" tablet has a bright and colorful 2560 x 1600 display, which is the same resolution as the 2014 Note 10.1 and the Note/Tab Pro 12.2. That's the highest resolution you'll currently find on an Android tablet, and text is pin sharp and photos are very detailed. Like the other Pro tablets, the Tab Pro 10.1 has a front 2MP camera and rear 8MP camera with LED flash and Samsung's usual array of easy to use photo modes. Dual band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, an IR blaster with AV remote and GPS round out the features.
Here's our video review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. Our full written review will follow.