Samsung’s newest tablets are always a big deal when they are announced and subsequently released, and if for no other reason it’s because they sell so darn many. Samsung’s newest lineup of tablets, the Galaxy TabPRO, are bringing back the high-end premium specs that once accompanied the Galaxy Tab series, and they are pushing the envelope in a couple of different areas. First of all, and probably the most prominent when you hold it in your hand, is the display. At 2560 x 1600 resolution, you’re seeing twice as many pixels on this panel than you’re used to on most displays in the world. Just for reference, a 1080p display, whether it be your HDTV or your latest phone, shows 2,073,600 pixels on screen. Samsung’s Galaxy TabPRO lineup all push the same resolution, which is a whopping 4,096,000 pixels. While that’s still a far cry from the 4K Ultra HD TVs that are showing a massive 8,294,400 pixels, we’ve got a ways to go before we can push that many on a mobile display, and whether or not that even makes sense to do is another discussion for another day. Regardless of this, the more pixels we push on displays the more horsepower we need to have behind it, and it looks like Samsung hasn’t slacked in that department judging by these latest benchmarks run by Phone Arena:
Using various benchmarking tools and comparing various devices, we get a pretty good idea of the kind of performance we should expect from the Galaxy TabPRO tablets no matter what size you end up choosing. The first test uses the popular Antutu benchmark, which combines a series of CPU, Memory and Graphics tests to give an aggregate score. Samsung’s tablets all hold their own here, and it’s no surprise given that all the Samsung tablets in this chart are using the newest of high-end components. Google’s Nexus 7 2013 edition uses a cheaper Snapdragon S4 Pro, and it shows in performance tests.
Moving on to Vellamo’s HTML5 test we can see general web browsing performance, and the tests are a little strange here. For whatever reason moving from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to Android 4.4 KitKat seems to have brought Samsung’s tablet web browsing performance down quite a bit below what’s found on the Note 3 and Note 10.1 2014 edition devices, but is still comparable with the Sony Tablet Z and Google Nexus 7 2013.
Moving on to a more cross-platform graphics test we have GFXBench, which is a rather full-scale graphics test that pushes near-console graphics quality on your device, showing just what it can do under that kind of stress. These tests include Apple’s newest tablet, the iPad Air, which actually pushes a little over 3 million pixels; halfway in between 1080p and the Galaxy TabPRO line. This shows Apple still having a slight edge in the graphics department, which is likely chalked up to PowerVR’s excellent chips. Overall we’re seeing that the Galaxy TabPRO’s are at the top end of the performance charts for Android tablets, and are an excellent buy for anyone looking for a little more power in their life. Oddly enough we’re seeing discrepancies in the results between the 3 sizes of Galaxy TabPRO, and that’s strange because all 3 devices should be pushing the same hardware. While the 10.1-inch has a slightly lower quality display than the other two models, it’s still pushing the same internal resolution, meaning performance across devices should be identical. These were run on non-retail units though, so there’s always a possibility that software bugs could be preventing top-tier performance, and will hopefully be ironed out before they are sold at retail.