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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

Phone functionalityYes  
OSAndroid (6.0, 5.0, 4.4.2), Samsung TouchWiz UIiOS (10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)Android (5.0, 4.2.2)
Dimensions8.38 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)
Weight10.51 oz (298 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
12.03 oz (341 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
11.92 oz (338 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (482 g)
Materials Main body: Aluminum 
FeaturesFingerprint (swipe)  
Physical size8.4 inches7.9 inches8.3 inches
Resolution1600 x 2560 pixels2048 x 1536 pixels1920 x 1200 pixels
Pixel density

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 ppi324 ppi273 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.

Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

76.61 %71.82 %72.80 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera8 megapixels5 megapixels5 megapixels
Aperture size

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)

Focal length (35mm equivalent) - The lower (shorter) the focal length number, the wider the shot will be. Conversely, longer focal length cameras produce narrower frames, which can be used for telephoto (zoomed-in) purposes.

 33 mm 
Hardware FeaturesAutofocus, CMOS image sensorAutofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Software FeaturesDigital image stabilization, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingDigital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingGeo tagging, Self-timer, Voice activation
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMVH.264, MOV 
Features Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling 
Front-facing camera2.1 megapixels1.2 megapixels1.3 megapixels
Video capture 1280x720 (720p HD) 
System chip

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 5420Apple A7Qualcomm 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-A7Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bitQuad-core, 1700 MHz
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

ARM Mali-T628 MP6PowerVR G6430Yes
System memory

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) / LPDDR31 GB RAM / LPDDR32 GB RAM / LPDDR2
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

32 GB128 GB16 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

4900 mAh6471 mAh4600 mAh
Stand-by time  29.5 days (708 hours)
the average is 25 days (600 h)
Talk time (3G)29.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)
Music playback80.00 hours  
Video playback12.00 hours  
Screen mirroringMHLTV-outDLNA, 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 
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz 
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz 
LTE (FDD)Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 
Shopping information
MSRP price $ 829$ 350

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posted on 13 Jun 2014, 01:40 15

1. hateftotti (Posts: 205; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Tab S 8.4
The greatest tablet out there

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 02:47 6

9. Moodi (Posts: 38; Member since: 11 May 2013)

Ummmmmm Surface pro 3?

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 02:54 11

11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Ummm we are talking about tablets not laptops here.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 04:56

14. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

He could be referring to RT?

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 05:16 1

15. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

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

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 07:00

17. joey_sfb (Posts: 6608; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Lol! Good one!

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 05:46

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.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 08:45

19. joey_sfb (Posts: 6608; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Please! Most laptop are thinner than surface pro.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 03:13 1

12. hipnotika (Posts: 353; 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 !

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 03:31 1

13. vincelongman (Posts: 5069; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Which is why Surface Pro 3 is better IMO

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 17:45

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

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 01:45 14

2. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 01:53 9

3. twens (Posts: 1061; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 02:32

7. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; 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.)

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 02:32

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

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 02:05 4

4. hmd74 (Posts: 489; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 02:25 3

6. Ray.S (Posts: 388; 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.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 02:11 4

5. FingerMyApple (unregistered)

ipad mini retina iChoose you :)

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 02:48

10. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

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

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 07:09

18. Leandronb (Posts: 86; 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.

posted on 13 Jun 2014, 17:30

21. joey_sfb (Posts: 6608; 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.


posted on 13 Jun 2014, 09:35

20. sonisoe (Posts: 435; 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....

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