Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs Apple iPad mini Retina vs LG G Pad 8.3: specs comparison
It is hard to imagine that Samsung had anyone else in mind when designing these tablets than Apple. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 features a Super AMOLED display that is 0.4 inches larger than the iPad mini Retina, and has a higher resolution and pixel density. But, Samsung has been able to pack that into a device that is both thinner and lighter than the iPad mini. Not a bad engineering feat, even if Samsung isn't using premium build materials. The LG G Pad 8.4 doesn't quite stack up on most specs, but it should be kept in mind that the G Pad is by far the cheapest, listed on Amazon right now for about $275.
In general, the internals for the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (SoC, RAM, etc) look far more impressive on paper, but the spec sheet rarely tells the whole story with a Samsung device because of the heavy software customizations that are added.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs Apple iPad mini 2 vs LG G Pad 8.3
|OS||Android (4.4.2) Samsung TouchWiz UI||iOS (7.x)||Android (4.2.2)|
|Dimensions||8.38 x 4.94 x 0.26 inches (212.8 x 125.6 x 6.6 mm)||7.87 x 5.30 x 0.30 inches (200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm)||8.54 x 4.98 x 0.33 inches (216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm)|
|Weight||10.51 oz (298 g)|
the average is 14.5 oz (413 g)
|12.03 oz (341 g)|
the average is 14.5 oz (413 g)
| 11.92 oz (338 g)|
the average is 14.5 oz (413 g)
|Physical size||8.4 inches||7.9 inches||8.3 inches|
|Resolution||1600 x 2560 pixels||2048 x 1536 pixels||1920 x 1200 pixels|
Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.
|359 ppi||324 ppi||273 ppi|
Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.
|Super AMOLED||IPS LCD||IPS LCD|
|Colors||16 777 216||16 777 216||16 777 216|
|Camera||8 megapixels||5 megapixels||5 megapixels|
Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.
|Camcorder||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)|
|Recording format||MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV|
|Features||Digital image stabilization|
|Front-facing camera||2.1 megapixels||1.2 megapixels||1.3 megapixels|
|Video capture||1280x720 (720p HD)|
System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.
|Exynos 5 Octa 5420||Apple A7 with 64-bit architecture||Qualcomm Snapdragon 600|
Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.
|8-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 & ARM Cortex-A7||Dual core, 1300 MHz||Quad core, 1700 MHz|
|Graphics processor||ARM Mali-T628 MP6||PowerVR G6430||Yes|
System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.
|3072 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 933 MHz) / LPDDR3||1024 MB RAM / DDR3||2048 MB RAM / LPDDR2|
|Built-in storage||32 GB||128 GB||16 GB|
|Storage expansion||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC|
|Stand-by time|| 29.5 days (708 hours)|
the average is 36 days (861 h)
|Talk time (3G)||29.00 hours|
the average is 26 h (1540 min)
|Music playback||80.00 hours|
|Video playback||12.00 hours|
|Capacity||4900 mAh||4600 mAh|
|Type||Li - Polymer||Li - Polymer|
|Not user replaceable||Yes||Yes|
CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.
|800, 1900 MHz|
|GSM||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
|UMTS||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz|
|FDD LTE||800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz||700 (band 13), 700 (band 17), 800 (band 18), 800 (band 19), 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 850 (band 26), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 1900 (band 25), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz|
|Data||LTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS||LTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A, EV-DO Rev.B|
|MSRP price||$ 829||$ 350|
11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Ummm we are talking about tablets not laptops here.
15. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Duh, he clearly said Surface "PRO", so not quite RT.
16. Moodi (Posts: 38; Member since: 11 May 2013)
But the SP3 is The TABLET that can replace your laptop, so it's kinda 2 in 1.
19. joey_sfb (Posts: 2876; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Please! Most laptop are thinner than surface pro.
12. hipnotika (Posts: 298; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)
"dual core cpu and 1 gb ram" with these specs you ll take best performance :)
power of Apple !
specs are nothing without software !
13. vincelongman (Posts: 1130; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Which is why Surface Pro 3 is better IMO
22. Frankiebeans (Posts: 33; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
I love that they're tying to make a tablet the size of an ipad mini because i think thats the perfect size for a tablet but the Samsung software is a no go for me
2. gigaraga (Posts: 865; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Tab S 8.4 > G Pad 8.3 > Mini 2 w/ Retina Display
3. twens (Posts: 608; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Is it just me or does the tab look nicer than the rest?
7. ihavenoname (Posts: 1374; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
I disagree, but I guess it's question of taste (I'm not personally a big fan of gold and white on that Tab S looks too much beige for me.)
8. imej88 (unregistered)
if you mean by the screen, yes the tab is very nice. But, if you mean by the design and capacitive buttons, it is you...xD
6. Ray.S (Posts: 256; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)
This is the price for the 128 GB version with 4G. The base, 16 GB model without cellular connectivity costs $399.
5. FingerMyApple (unregistered)
ipad mini retina iChoose you :)
10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3197; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Screen: galaxy Tab S
chipset: ipad mini
ecosystem: ipad mini
design: ipad mini
price: G Pad 8.3
18. Leandronb (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)
i'm not a fan of samsung products because of their crap touchwiz. but i have to admit this tablet is the best android out there.
21. joey_sfb (Posts: 2876; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Don't like touch wiz just use the launcher of your choice. I use ADWLauncher EX with my Note 2.
20. sonisoe (Posts: 325; Member since: 06 May 2009)
god knows what samsung is doing.... sammy's got all variations in the world for their devices... but i guess as long as they're making money, its all fine....