Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs Apple iPad mini Retina vs LG G Pad 8.3: specs comparison

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs Apple iPad mini Retina vs LG G Pad 8.3: specs comparison
Samsung has just announced its newest flagship tablets (that don't include S Pen styluses), so we naturally want to see how the new Galaxy Tab S devices stack up to the current competition. This one focuses on the more compact tablets, which means a specs battle between the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, the Apple iPad mini with Retina display, and the LG G Pad 8.3.

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


Display size

8.4 inches
7.9 inches
8.3 inches


1600 x 2560 pixels
2048 x 1536 pixels
1920 x 1200 pixels

Pixel density

359 ppi
324 ppi
273 ppi



Screen-to-body ratio

76.61 %
71.82 %
72.80 %



Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

8 megapixels
5 megapixels
5 megapixels

Hardware Features

Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)


Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 33 mm
Aperture size: F2.6

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
H.264, MOV


Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling


2.1 megapixels
1.2 megapixels
1.3 megapixels

Video capture

1280x720 (HD)



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)


10.51 oz (298 g)
the average is 20.1 oz (573 g)
12.03 oz (341 g)
the average is 20.1 oz (573 g)
11.92 oz (338 g)
the average is 20.1 oz (573 g)


Back: Aluminum


Fingerprint (swipe)


Touch sensitive control keys

Phone functionality


Hardware & Performance

System chip

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5420
Apple A7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600


Octa-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7
Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Quad-core, 1700 MHz


Mali-T628 MP6
PowerVR G6430




Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2), Samsung TouchWiz UI
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.2.2)



4900 mAh
6471 mAh
4600 mAh

Stand-by time

29.5 days (708 hours)
the average is 23 days (559 h)

Talk time (3G)

29.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)

Music playback

80.00 hours

Video playback

12.00 hours

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 829
$ 350



1. hateftotti

Posts: 225; Member since: May 03, 2011

Tab S 8.4 The greatest tablet out there

9. Moodi

Posts: 38; Member since: May 11, 2013

Ummmmmm Surface pro 3?

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Ummm we are talking about tablets not laptops here.

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

He could be referring to RT?

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Duh, he clearly said Surface "PRO", so not quite RT.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Lol! Good one!

16. Moodi

Posts: 38; Member since: May 11, 2013

But the SP3 is The TABLET that can replace your laptop, so it's kinda 2 in 1.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Please! Most laptop are thinner than surface pro.

12. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 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: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Which is why Surface Pro 3 is better IMO

22. Frankiebeans

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 26, 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: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Tab S 8.4 > G Pad 8.3 > Mini 2 w/ Retina Display

3. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Is it just me or does the tab look nicer than the rest?

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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

4. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Ipad mini 2 price 829$ ??!!!!!

6. Ray.S

Posts: 456; Member since: Jul 19, 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: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Screen: galaxy Tab S chipset: ipad mini ecosystem: ipad mini design: ipad mini price: G Pad 8.3

18. Leandronb

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 03, 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: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Don't like touch wiz just use the launcher of your choice. I use ADWLauncher EX with my Note 2.

20. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 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....

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