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 (5.0, 4.4.2), Samsung TouchWiz UI||iOS (9.x, 8.x, 7.x)||Android (5.0, 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 19.5 oz (558 g)
|12.03 oz (341 g)|
the average is 19.5 oz (558 g)
| 11.92 oz (338 g)|
the average is 19.5 oz (558 g)
|Materials||Main body: aluminum|
|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|
|Screen-to-body ratio||76.61 %||71.82 %||72.80 %|
|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.
|Focal length (35mm equivalent)||33 mm|
|Hardware Features||Autofocus, CMOS image sensor||Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)||Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)|
|Software Features||Digital zoom, Self-timer, Digital image stabilization, Geo tagging||Face detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo tagging||Geo tagging, Self-timer, Voice activation|
|Camcorder||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)||1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)|
|Recording format||MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV||H.264, MOV|
|Features||Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling|
|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.
|Samsung Exynos 5 Octa||Apple A7||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.
|Octa-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 & ARM Cortex-A7||Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit||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.
|3 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 933 MHz) / LPDDR3||1 GB RAM / LPDDR3||2 GB RAM / LPDDR2|
|Built-in storage||32 GB||128 GB||16 GB|
|Storage expansion||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC|
|Capacity||4900 mAh||6471 mAh||4600 mAh|
|Type||Li - Polymer||Li - Polymer|
|Stand-by time|| 29.5 days (708 hours)|
the average is 740 days (17760 h)
|Talk time (3G)||29.00 hours|
the average is 0 h (0 min)
|Music playback||80.00 hours|
|Video playback||12.00 hours|
|Mirroring||MHL||TV-out||DLNA, SlimPort, TV-out|
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||LTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS|
|MSRP price||$ 829||$ 350|