Display

The 2014 Edition features a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 Super LCD display. Looking at the subpixel structure of the panel we get an idea for exactly what Super LCD means: RB,GW.

Instead of a standard RGB stripe we get a combination of red, green, blue and white subpixels for each pixel. The white subpixel helps increase light throughput, an obvious problem with these ultra high resolution displays. The downside is that you get a lower subpixel density than a traditional RGB stripe. At these ultra high pixel densities however, the theory is that you wouldn’t notice the difference - hopefully making the power savings by having better light transmission, particularly when displaying lots of white (e.g. web pages), worth it.

In practice the display looks pretty good, although a carefully trained eye will be able to recognize that this isn’t a standard RGB stripe. I quickly realized something was different about the display, something I later verified when looking at the subpixel structure.

Display Brightness - White Level

Display Brightness - Black Level

Display Contrast Ratio

Color accuracy is pretty decent on the Note 10.1’s display. As always I’m reporting color data using Samsung’s Movie mode, which remains the most accurate setting of those offered. Grayscale performance is excellent, but our GMB and saturations tests put the Note 10.1 on par with the original Nexus 7. It’s definitely a better calibrated display than any other Samsung Galaxy Note tablet we’ve reviewed. Not quite on par with the new Nexus 7, but getting very close.

CalMAN Display Performance - White Point Average

CalMAN Display Performance - Grayscale Average dE 2000

CalMAN Display Performance - Gamut Average dE 2000

CalMAN Display Performance - Saturations Average dE 2000

CalMAN Display Performance - Gretag Macbeth Average dE 2000

Camera

The 2014 Edition features a rear facing 8MP camera with AF and LED flash and a 2MP front facing camera. Image quality out of the rear camera was pretty good for a tablet. I took some photos using the tablet and tossed them in the gallery below, as well as embedded a sample 1080p video recorded using the tablet. 

 

Battery Life & Charging

The Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) ships with an integrated (non-removable) 31Wh battery, that’s substantially smaller than the iPad 4’s 42.5Wh battery - helping it maintain a more svelte figure. The question is how power efficient the combination of RB,GW panel and Exynos 5420 are in combination with one another.

We’ll start with our typical WiFi web browsing battery life test. Here we see a good combination of regular spikes in CPU usage with idle time, hopefully simulating constant, reasonably paced usage.

Web Browsing Battery Life (WiFi)

The 2014 Edition does a bit better than the Nexus 10, but clearly worse than the original Note 10.1 (and obviously worse than the much smaller Nexus 7). There’s not much you can do here other than to point out that we’re talking about an extremely high resolution panel, with an extremely power hungry SoC. The fact that we’re talking about more cores running at a higher frequency than the Exynos 5250 used in the Nexus 10 is good news, but Exynos 5420 also enjoys the benefits of being on Samsung’s 28nm LP process as well.

The video playback story is much better however. With the power hungry Cortex A15 cores able to power down (and hopefully remain there), we’re really testing the display and video decode engines here:

Video Playback Battery Life (720p, 4Mbps HP H.264)

The Note 10.1 beats the new Nexus 7 and is only 10% behind the iPad 4, despite having a much smaller battery.

Like the Nexus 10, the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) takes an incredible amount of time to charge with the bundled 2A charger. A full charge from 0 to 100% took just over 7 hours.

Charge Time in Hours

GPU & NAND Performance Final Words
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  • Da W - Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - link

    Consistently beaten by the iPhone 5s on benchmarks, says a lot about apple's SoC.
    Otherwise for productivity i'll go with a 899 surface pro 2.
    Reply
  • chewyqc - Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - link

    Indeed, but still, the iPhone 5s SoC is manufactured by Samsung and design by ARM. It's perfermance are very good. Reply
  • darwinosx - Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - link

    The iPhone 5s chip is designed by Apples chip engineers. Spanks Samsung's new flagship tablet hard of course which you seem concerned about. Reply
  • identity - Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - link

    Here comes the Apple fanboy vs Android fanboy wars. Go troll that garbage somewhere else. Reply
  • kevith - Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - link

    Ye Hear! Reply
  • Samus - Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - link

    Why does ANY of this matter?

    The A7 doesn't run Android.

    The Exynos doesn't run iOS.

    Who cares which is faster. In the end they're on completely different OS's. Anybody who buys a CPU without consideration for the OS is completely dense.
    Reply
  • Origin64 - Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - link

    Any claim about how "fast" the new iPhone is is negated by how slow it actually moves from screen to screen. 60fps is great, but taking 120 frames to slide in a new windows takes too long. So does having to go back to home and then three menus deep just to turn on wifi. Contrast Android where that is a matter of sliding a bar down and pressing a button. Sure, it stutters, but it is quicker. People care too much about subjective smoothness instead of absolute productivity. Reply
  • steven75 - Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - link

    Someone needs to Google "iOS Control Center" and update their anti-Apple propaganda. ;)

    Speed is definitely useful in the many high quality content creation apps on iOS like GarageBand and iMovie.
    Reply
  • misfit410 - Thursday, October 3, 2013 - link

    I have to imagine after Apple sued so many people for making similar UI elements, and so many Apple folks backed Apple for doing so, they just never imagined Apple would steal so many UI elements from Android in one update. Reply
  • sundragon - Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - link

    What are you talking about?

    What do you think Project Butter was supposed to correct? They spent all that money to fix the amazingly smooth OS, no - compared to iOS, it stuttered. 4.2 made a huge difference but it still stutters on the Nexus 7 V1 and is somewhat smooth on the 2, by comparison my first gen iPhone was smooth and it had a crappy ARM 11 CPU...

    Oh and here's something to chew on ;)

    http://venturebeat.com/2013/09/19/apples-iphone-5-...
    Reply

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