Head-To-Head: Samsung Galaxy Note PRO 12.2 vs. Apple iPad Air

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Graphics And Memory

The LTE version's Snapdragon 800 contains the Adreno 330 GPU, which improves performance of its Adreno 320 predecessor by about 50 percent, according to Qualcomm documentation. Samsung's Exynos 5 returns to the ARM-based GPU. In this case, it's the Mali-T628 MP6, which is designed to incorporate from one to eight cores. Qualcomm says it delivers up to 10 times the performance of the Mali-400, the GPU found in several earlier Galaxy device models. Apple's A7 reportedly includes the dual-core PowerVR G6430 four-cluster GPU by Imagination Technologies, which claims up to 20-times performance boost over prior generations.

Either Samsung device packs three GB of LPDDR3 RAM and comes with either 32 GB or 64 GB of storage; a microSD card slot can add as much as 64 GB more. The iPad Air is built with 1 GB of RAM and comes in models with 16-, 32-, 64- and 128-GB storage.

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