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.

Display

Size

8.3 inches
7.9 inches
8.4 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

72.80 %
71.82 %
76.61 %

Features

Ambient light sensor
Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
Apple A7
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5420

Processor

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

GPU

Yes
PowerVR G6430
Mali-T628 MP6

RAM

2GB LPDDR2
1GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

16GB
128GB
32GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

4600 mAh
6471 mAh
4900 mAh

Stand-by time

29.5 days (708 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 
 

Talk time (3G)

 
 
29.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)

Music playback

 
 
80.00 hours

Video playback

 
 
12.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

5 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
5 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
8 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)

Specifications

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

Video recording

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

Recording format

 
H.264, MOV
MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV

Features

 
Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling
 

Front

1.3 MP
1.2 MP
2.1 MP

Video capture

 
1280x720 (HD)
 

Design

Dimensions

8.54 x 4.98 x 0.33 inches (216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm)
7.87 x 5.30 x 0.30 inches (200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm)
8.38 x 4.94 x 0.26 inches (212.8 x 125.6 x 6.6 mm)

Weight

11.92 oz (338.0 g)
the average is 17.3 oz (494 g)
12.03 oz (341.0 g)
the average is 17.3 oz (494 g)
10.51 oz (298.0 g)
the average is 17.3 oz (494 g)

Materials

 
Back: Aluminum
 

Biometrics

 
 
Fingerprint (swipe)

Features

 
 
Touch sensitive control keys

Phone functionality

 
 
Yes

Buyers information

Price

$ 350
$ 829
 

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