Thin and light de­sign. Re­fresh­ing Con­tent Home in­ter­face. Plas­tic build. Mi­cro lags at times.

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Sam­sung tried to give the Tab Pro 10.1 a pre­mium look by in­clud­ing a metal trim be­tween the front panel and the back, and re­placed the cheap-look­ing glossy rear with a faux-leather ma­te­rial that we first saw on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edi­tion. It is still plas­tic though, but it does makes the tablet look slightly more pro­fes­sional and less sus­cep­ti­ble to fin­ger­prints and smudges.

Sam­sung’s en­gi­neer­ing team seems hell-bent on beat­ing Ap­ple on any front pos­si­ble with the Tab Pro 10.1; the tablet is 1mm thin­ner (7.3mm) and 1g lighter (477g) than the Air. Hon­estly, these fig­ures look good on paper, but do not in any way make the Sam­sung slate bet­ter in han­dling.

The Tab Pro 10.1 joins the league of An­droid tablets (ASUS Trans­former Pad TF701T and Google Nexus 10) with an ul­tra-high res­o­lu­tion (2,560 x 1,600 pix­els) dis­play. As ex­pected, the dis­play is crisp and bright with vivid col­ors. How­ever, a side by side com­par­i­son with the Air and Sur­face 2 re­vealed that the dis­play on the Tab Pro 10.1 has a slightly yel­low­ish white tone when view­ing Hard­ware­Zone’s new por­tal and Google’s home page.

The LTE model runs on a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 800 quad-core 2.3GHz pro­ces­sor and 2GB RAM. Dur­ing our time with the de­vice, in­ter­face nav­i­ga­tion was a breeze though you will be­gin to no­tice mi­cro lags when jump­ing be­tween tabs.

With its new gen­er­a­tion prod­ucts, Sam­sung in­tro­duced a new in­ter­face, Con­tent Home that is built on top of An­droid 4.4 KitKat. Pow­ered by Flip­board, it is a dash­board that ag­gre­gates your apps, news and so­cial feeds. You can have up to five “mag­a­zine” pages with up to six wid­gets, and of­fers a re­fresh­ing take on the typ­i­cal app-based home screen.

Sam­sung also bun­dles a suite of pro­duc­tiv­ity apps with the Tab Pro 10.1; users are en­ti­tled to a free sub­scrip­tion of Han­com Of­fice, an of­fice pro­gram for users to cre­ate, edit and share documents. Due to its Of­fice­like in­ter­face and ex­pe­ri­ence, Han­com for An­droid is suit­able for all types of pro­duc­tiv­ity users from beginners to power users.

The Tab Pro 10.1 is avail­able in 16GB only in Sin­ga­pore, but does come with a mi­croSD mem­ory card to ex­pand stor­age ca­pac­ity by up to 64GB.

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