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Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 hands-on

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Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 hands-on

Samsung's Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is the smallest, most compact of all new TabPRO tablets that the company just introduced, but it's pretty likely to end up as the most popular option. The reason for that is the recent glut for tablets that offer petite proportions, but don't skimp on the specs. If anything, the 8.4-inch TabPRO fits that bill downright perfectly -- it's powerful and portable.

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 hands-on
Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 hands-on
Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 hands-on
Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 hands-on
Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 hands-on
Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 hands-on
Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 hands-on

Design


Design-wise, there's nothing that truly sets the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 from the rest of its TabPRO brethren, except its smaller, 8.4-inch display. This means that the same faux-leather, stitched rear panel is in place, and while it definitely adds a refined feel to the TabPRO 8.4, we can't help but wonder when we'll see a truly premium offering from Sammy, with top-notch materials and all. 

In any case, the TabPRO 8.4 certainly feels easy on the eyes, and while it's probably unlikely to grab the attention of too many passers-by, it's definitely not bad-looking.

Display


Whether you view the smaller, 8.4-inch display on the TabPRO 8.4 as an advantage, or the very opposite, boils down to personal preference, but there are some things to consider. For starters, while screen real estate has been sacrificed in order to get to a more compact exterior, this does actually provide a benefit: the 1600x2560 pixel resolution LCD display is seriously crisp at 360ppi. This alone does allow the TabPRO 8.4 to launch as a serious contender for the title of a tablet with possibly the most captivating display out there, putting most any rival to shame.

Interface


Those of you already up-to-date with Samsung's latest work already know of its all-new Magazine UX interface for its line of tablets. This is not to say that TouchWiz is gone -- you can still access the good old Sammsungy Android look, but you may find yourself willing to stick around. As the name suggests, the new UI feels and looks just like browsing a real-life paper one. We may be repeating ourselves here, yet we can't help but keep going back to the Flipboard association. Of course, this being a full-blown skin, it offers more than aggregation of content -- there's the option for running two apps at once (down from the four in the TabPRO 10.1 and 12.2), and also a number of productivity enhancements, such a Remote PC app that speaks for itself, an improved keyboard layout for more accurate typing, and so on and so forth. In a true Samsung fashion, functionality is definitely not to be found lacking.

Processor and memory


Unlike its bigger siblings, the TabPRO 8.4 only makes use of Qualcomm's time-tested 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset, for both the 3G and 4G LTE versions. What forced Samsung to abandon the services of its all-new octa-core Exynos 5420 remains unclear at this point, though the point is probably moot, seeing as Qualcomm's most powerful chip has proven... well, quite powerful. 

In terms of memory, we've got 2GB of RAM on board, which is still pretty generous, and an option of 16GB or 32GB of on-board storage. As with most Samsung products, an option for microSD card expansion for up to an additional 64GB is available, and we're all happier for it.

Camera


The camera unit on the TabPRO 8.4, both the front and back, are no different than the ones found on the 10.1- and 12.2-inch models. We're talking an 8-megapixel AutoFocus unit with an LED flash, capable of 1080p video capture at 60fps, which is pretty good for today's tablet standards. Up at the front, we've got a 2-megapixel shooter, good for the occasional video call. In all, we'll have to wait and test those out before we can even begin comparing them to existing units on rival slates.


Expectations


Whether you're Samsung or not, it makes no difference -- the tablet space, especially for those of the more compact kind, has proven brutally competitive. With slates, such as the Amazon Kindle HDX line, the Nexus 7 2013, the LG G Pad 8.3 and the new Apple iPad mini, it's definitely going to be interesting to see how the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 does. In any case, the new Sammy slate sure packs quite a punch, and it's unlikely that it'll fail out of the door, but can it really win market share for its creator? We'll have to wait and see, but it does seem like Samsung has got a winner on its hands.

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posted on 06 Jan 2014, 17:10 7

1. kryme (Posts: 140; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


i see myself with this tablet.... hope its under 500

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 17:26 1

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2128; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


It should be, considering it's a non-Note tab. It gonna try to undercut the Mini w/Retina, so about $350 is where I'd position it, $300 if they are going unusually aggressive (unlikely though). I'd pay around $330 for it fo sho bro!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 17:41 3

9. kryme (Posts: 140; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


cant wait... was gonna buy the lg g pad but this is the tab i want for sure

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 17:16 3

2. Bioload25 (Posts: 207; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Finally a tablet from samsung that teased me,loved the high resolution display and SD 800 processor

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 05:30

25. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


it looks like an iPad Mini

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 15:18

26. Bioload25 (Posts: 207; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Yes indeed,but runs android,has a higher pixel density with a slightly bigger display,has the upper hand in camera (8mpx + flash vs 5mpx),much more RAM memory,that means better multitasking (although iOS 7 doesnt need much ram to run smoothly) and I think it'll be a lot cheaper too..

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:48

28. Doakie (Posts: 1252; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Funny I thought it looks just like my Note 3. iPad Mini didn't even come to mind for me.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 17:17 3

3. MrKoles (Posts: 321; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Wow, I've been waiting sooo long for a tablet like this.
Thin and light (extremely important for me to carry around) with top-notch hardware...
Phew, and it's even a sexy beast in black! Congratulations Samsung, you did it again! Completely blown away the competition, you bought me.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 01:52 1

19. Liveitup (Posts: 1231; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Clearly influenced by Windows 8, seems to me this article and many commenters in general want to ignore this fact especially since WP Tile based UI existed before Flipboard, I wonder how long till MS sues.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:47 1

23. MrKoles (Posts: 321; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


omg...get away please.
your presence here is unwanted.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 17:20 10

4. sprockkets (Posts: 1161; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


"While this is not the most pixel-dense screen we've see out there..."

Uh, maybe not if we count phones, but tablet wise I'm not familiar with anything that exceeds it.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 17:25 1

5. koko1 (Posts: 97; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)


there is alot of new amazing feature beside the magazine UX, like opening 4 windows and transferring files while you're making a video call
if apple didnt make an amazing tablet this year, with only updating hardware and nothing else, we're going to see her butt red for sure
for the first time, i want to buy a galaxy tab

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 17:32 12

7. maherk (Posts: 910; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


John V always amuses me with he reviews a samsung product. I remember when the note 3 was released, he had a hands on video of the phone where he didn't know that the back was faux leather, and he assumably liked it. Then when all the details came out, and the back turned out to be faux we started hearing with every review of his that samsung materials are not premium, in other words, anything that aint aluminum for him is not premium.
I have the note 3 and the note 10.1 2014, and almost everyone I meet thinks that the back on these devices is real leather.
p.s: with my black note 3, I have 4 battery door covers, white carbon fiber, black carbon fiber, black brushed aluminum, and white leather one. And I ordered 2 days ago the black tempered glass back. Can you do that with your premium aluminum apple?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:06 3

14. maccess (Posts: 610; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


Lol.. you 100% nailed it.. +1

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:01

29. Doakie (Posts: 1252; Member since: 06 May 2009)


The whole idea of Aluminum being a "Premium Material" on a phone seems laughable to me. I love HTC and I bought a One last April. First off most people put their phones in cases because dropping something with a replacement value of approx $300-$700 is too much for most people, myself included. So it spent about 5 months in a Seidio Surface case the one without the kick stand. I thought the case felt premium and well made. I felt good about my $30 case purchase. Then I slid my One out of the case and it had a pit in the front aluminum under where the case covered, and also another right next to it in the bezel. Little did I know a grain of sand had gotten under my case, stayed there for however long and created a tiny dent in my metal phone. That had never happened to me before with a plastic phone. Needless to say aluminum phones no longer hold any importance to me, in fact I'm going to put aluminum in the Cons category from that point on.

BTW, where did you buy all the replacement back covers for your Note 3? eBay?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 17:39 4

8. joseram695 (Posts: 45; Member since: 28 May 2012)


360 ppi display sounds good to me hope its about 350$ or under.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 18:08 8

10. shinywindow (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


John V. is such a biased apple tard. Absolutely the most apple loving, android hating homo out there. Iturd can hold a candle to this tab. PLEASEEEE!!!!!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:17 1

15. Tsoliades (Posts: 212; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


You need Valium.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:03

30. Doakie (Posts: 1252; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Hmmm. I didn't know you could use the ho*o word on here. I've received warnings and a 3 day suspension for much less.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 18:09

11. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Samsung announce the price and availability in India soon......

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 18:19

12. RandomUsername (Posts: 464; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Single front-facing speaker? wat?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 18:54 5

13. twens (Posts: 628; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


f**k you samsung. I was going to get an ipad mini 2 because i was getting fedup with your UI and see what you just did. Now i have to wait for this beast of an 8.4''. Kitkat with s800. yummy sammy

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 23:31 1

16. kryme (Posts: 140; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


yea samsung have a dirty habit of just wowing everybody wen least expected....

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 01:21

17. red_fox (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 May 2013)


Now if only this thing gets the Google edition treatment, i'l buy it in hurt beat, although you can't go wrong with custom roms.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 01:21

18. N-E-X-U-S (Posts: 8; Member since: 22 Sep 2013)


Physical home button and capacitive keys just look so fugly on a tablet!

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 02:01

20. rahool360 (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


ipad mini.... here is your competition

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 02:18

21. noteseries (Posts: 76; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


sure its beauty tablet, but can ihave it with removeable battery... :(

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:38

22. zunaidahmed (Posts: 46; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


Design is so iPad minish.......just saying,but it's true....

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 04:49

24. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1882; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


I see this new UI, on my galaxy note 8.0

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 00:39

27. SeanPlunk (Posts: 13; Member since: 06 Sep 2013)


Does anyone know if the display if RGB or if it's RGBW pentile matrix like the 2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1?

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