Why the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 3G lags a year on

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 3G hit the market in March 2014. That is a little over a year ago. I got mine as a gift in December 2014. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and is powered by two quad-core processors. No; it is not exactly a proper octa-core device. What it has are two quad-core CPUs: one is a 1.9GHz Cortex A-15 and the other a 1.3GHz Cortex A-7. Plus it has 3G of RAM. That reads like a powerful device, even by today’s specifications.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12-2 front

Yet, the Note Pro feels exceedingly sluggish in use today, especially when one is multitasking or running graphics heavy apps.

It has a larger display than most mobile devices. That’s a point. Pushing 2560 x 1600 pixels, especially for graphics intensive apps, is a lot of work.

The Suspects
First, the Note Pro is powered by Samsung’s in-house Exynos chipset, which is slower than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon counterpart. I suspect some of the performance issues spring from here. Second, the MaliT628 graphics processing unit is another likely culprit. I mentioned earlier how performance takes a hit with graphics-intensive apps. As a matter of fact, this is where I believe the major issue lies. Sadly, nothing can be done to remedy that.

The tablet’s 3GB of RAM is more than adequate for smooth multitasking, so its either the Exynos chipset and/or the Mali GPU that are dropping the ball. Of course, it would be nice should a Lollipop update be made available for the Note Pro 12.2. That ought to improve performance a bit.

All that aside, audio from the stereo speakers is fantastic till today. The screen is sharp and bright. As you can imagine, fantastic audio and a big, sharp screen means that watching video is a lovely experience. Yes; the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 still scores high in those departments.

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