Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 unboxing and first impressions

by: Joshua VergaraFebruary 16, 2014

We don’t normally do unboxing and first impression videos for tablets, but when the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 made its way to us, it was too exciting not to. So, what’s it like unboxing and taking a first look at a 12.2-inch tablet? Let’s find out!


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The massive size of this tablet hits home right away, considering how the box barely fit in the frame, even with a fairly wide lens on the camera. Sliding out the box cover reveals the huge 12.2-inch tablet in all its glory, with a small tab at the top to pull the device out. Even with a device with such a big canvas and hefty weight, you still only have that small tab to separate it from everything.

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Removing the tablet gives us a look at what’s inside the box, which is basically what you’d expect. You get some replacement pins for the S-Pen tip, an USB 3.0 charging cable similar to what you get with the Galaxy Note 3, an instruction manual, and the AC adapter plug. And that’s about it.

First Impressions

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Because it’s such a big device, to get a better handling on things, I’ve had to back up from the camera a bit, to be able to fit the Note Pro 12.2 in the frame. Keeping in line with Samsung’s new design language that started with Galaxy Note 3, you get the plastic back with a faux leather look, complete with the fake stitching around it. On the front is the expansive display, surrounded by a sizable bezel that is a little less than an inch. And of course, the “standard” physical home button and capacitive buttons complete the front of the tablet. The button layout is pretty typical of tablets with large displays, with the volume rocker and power button both at the top.

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It doesn’t really have to be mentioned that the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 isn’t a device for one-handed operation at all. Powering the tablet on opens up the original TouchWiz layout, with the elements looking larger, because of the big display. Swiping to the left takes you to the new Magazine UX that we were very impressed by when we first saw it at CES 2014.

I will be doing an in-depth Feature Focus for this new UI shortly, in order to show you what it can really do and to explain the various widget options available, along with their functionality when put into the very large grid-like layout.

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There’s certainly a period of adjustment when it comes to getting used to a tablet of this size. For example, when you pull out the S-Pen, it takes a while to figure out a comfortable grip to hold up the tab while using the stylus. This tablet is really more better for table top use, so a good kickstand is definitely something to check out. Once you do get a grip on the device, however, you’ll be greeted with all the same S-Pen functionality that we’ve seen with the Galaxy Note 3, including the Air Command menu.


Display12.2-inch Super Clear LCD , 2560 x 1600 resolution
Processor2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (LTE version)
1.9 Ghz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor (3G version)
Storage32/64 GB, expandable via microSD
Battery9,500 mAh
Cameras8 MP rear camera with LED flash, Full HD video recording and zero shutter lag.
2 MP front camera
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO technology, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS, Infrared
OSAndroid 4.4 Kitkat
Dimensions295.6 x 204 x 7.95 mm


That’s it for the unboxing and first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2. Stay tuned for the full review, the Feature Focus on the Magazine UX, and a lot more, here on Android Authority!

  • Jesus

    Faux leather, but it looks good!

    • Lukas

      Is the blank backcover sightly rubberized like it is on the note3??

      • Jayfeather787

        I believe so.

  • V-Phuc

    Please tell us for the model you handled, how much of GB is advertised, and how much remains after all the OEM stuff installed?

    • V-Phuc

      Shouldn’t the info I requested be looked at in the unboxing? Strange! The author, doesn’t he check back at what he wrote?!!!

  • Ihatehipsternerds

    You Can already tell that you’re not into it just by your approach and sniggers unboxing it. Where has professionalism gone.
    Even people who write articles can be trolls as well.

  • AndroidBoss

    First impression: this thing is way too expensive.

  • districtjack

    Big battery. How long does it last powering 12 inches of screen though?

  • giovanny

    I just got this note pro yesterday and im lovin it!! The big screen really is nice.

  • wmsco1

    100.00 for the extra two inches, other wise has everything the 10.1 has. 800 with taxes is to much. A labtop or PC for that price! Samsung should of learn from the Moto Xoom. Full suggested Retail Price, 550 to 599 and not untill it drops will I be interested. A FYI for you who are interested; the 10.1 2014 which I have has a bluetooth antenna problem. I have to engage the bluetooth speaker to engage the bluetooth keyboard, other wise the keyboard keeps stopping or freezes. This problem is very well established at XDA and of course Samsung denies it. Some have exchanged it and worked then some exchanged it and still had the problem. Since this has the same internal equipment as the 10.1 2014 edition. buyer beware! So try it before you buy it. The Issue is not the keyboards It’s the BT Antenna. I hope it does drop in Price! It would be Nice on my Desk. Ill keep watching for sure.

  • Tommy Crosby

    I was able to hold a 12″ full TabletPC convertible with one hand better than that…

  • Jayfeather787

    That is one huge tablet.

  • RusticKey

    First Impressions : That is one huge motherhonker. Both the size and the price.

  • Dusan

    I like it. I have Note 3 and it’s the first Android phone which is usable on normal Youtube website. However Android browsers are pure crap, all of them.
    Guess I’ll wait until they develop it further. Until then I’ll stick with Win 8 tablets, they are an amazing replacement for a PC.