Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 (SM-T520) breaks cover, packs top-shelf specs
Less than 24 hours after an AnTuTu benchmark spilled the beans on Galaxy Note Pro 12.2’s features, another upcoming Samsung-made tablet has had its full spec sheet leaked to the press via the same performance test.
At first glance, the SM-T520, which will most likely be marketed as the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, doesn’t exactly fit the profile of a groundbreaker. Certainly not when pitted against the Note 10.1 2014 Edition or Note Pro 12.2.
As a matter of fact, the future 10-incher’s AnTuTu score, close to 34,000 points, puts it pretty much on-par with its S Pen-toting cousins. But since this is a GTab, we should probably not compare it with GNotes, which have always been top-shelf devices.
And contrasted with previous entries in the Galaxy Tab franchise, the Pro 10.1 looks mind-blowing. The display essentially doubles the old pixel count, from 1,280 x 800 to 2,560 x 1,600, the mediocre dual-core 1.6 GHz CPU of the GTab 3 10.1 is replaced with an octa-core Exynos 5420 clocked at 1.9 GHz, and the 1 gig of RAM is upgraded to 2.
What’s unclear at the moment is whether Samsung is ready for once to roll out an Exynos-powered gizmo globally, or if as usual the “international” variant will need to ditch the homebrewed SoC for Qualcomm or Intel-made silicon. Not sure which I prefer, but fret not, as worst case scenario, Snapdragon 800 is to substitute Exynos 5420.
Also, keep in mind that the 5420 is not a “true” octa-core processing solution, or not yet, as a forthcoming software update may allow it to use all eight cores at once and not just four, as nowadays.
Anyways, the rest of GTab Pro 10.1’s alleged features fall in line with expectations, from 32 GB of built-in storage to 8 MP/2 MP cams, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS support. A final nifty surprise is the pre-loaded Android 4.4.2 KitKat, though if you think about it, it makes perfect sense for Jelly Bean to become obsolete before long.
Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress next month is most likely to bring the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 to light, unless the recent spills of information will force the slate’s makers to reconsider its timeline and strike while the iron is hot. Either way, it shouldn’t be long now.