Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

8.1/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
8.4"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4's screen is 8.4 inches with 1600 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.9 GHz

There is a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa core 1.9 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4900mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4900 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 16 days standby time.



The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is extremely slim, has a gorgeous, super-high-definition display, tonnes of power, and the latest version of Android KitKat on board.

- Andrew Hoyle , Cnet 


Without a doubt, the finest tablet Samsung has ever created, and arguably one of the best compact tablets yet.

- Joshua Vergara , Android Authority 

Reviews summary

8.1/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 23 reviews

What's good

  • Vibrant and bright display
  • Smooth performance with no lag during basic and demanding tasks
  • Excellent battery life

What's bad

  • Display colors oversaturated
  • Noisy photos in low light

It seems recently that Apple and Samsung seem to be the market leaders for smartphones and tablets, and Samsung continues that trend with its Galaxy Tab S 8.4. Taking its design cues from the Samsung Galaxy 5, the Tab S 8.4 features the same soft-touch, dotted back cover and physical home button on the front. At 8.4 x 4.9 x 0.3, it's a slim piece of hardware, though it's overall size made it difficult for reviewers to use one-handed. Luckily it's relatively light weight of 248 grams make it easy for them to use for long periods of time.

It isn't Samsung's design, however, that will attract potential consumers. It's the 8.4-inch, Super AMOLED display. The 2,460 x 1,600 resolution leads to a pixel density of 359ppi, which is slightly sharper than the iPad Mini. Although it is technically sharper, critics had a difficult time noticing a significant difference between the two. Both, they state, allowed them to easily read small text on web pages or magazines. Like other Super AMOLED displays, the Tab S8.4 delivered vibrant colors and deep blacks though reviewers note that it can be a bit too vivid. In order to combat the oversaturation, Samsung added a feature that allows users to adjust the color balance for a more natural appearance. As well, experts were pleased with the overall brightness with CNET adding, "It's searingly bright, too, doing a great job at countering the worst of overhead office lights…"

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Running the device is Samsung's custom processor the Exynos 5 octa-core processor. While it technically has 8 processors, not all of them are running at once. During more basic tasks, the device only uses the 1.3GHz quad core portion with the 1.9GHz quad-core kicking in during more demanding tasks like gaming. This allows it to efficiently manage its 4,900mAh battery for extended life at least in theory. When put to the test reviewers were able to get over 11 hours during battery draining tests and over 24 hours during moderate usage. With a beefy processor and 3GB of RAM, the Tab S8.4's performance is unsurprisingly smooth. Reviewers were able to navigate the homepage seamlessly and play graphically intense games without frame rate drops or slowdowns. App addicts will also be happy with the 16GB/32GB of onboard storage and microSD slot expansion.

Tablets are not known for their strong camera performance, but the Tab S 8.4 delivered decent results. While experts wouldn't compare it to the iPhone 6 Plus camera, they add that it is perfectly capable of quick snap shooting. The 8MP camera was able to provide them with rich and accurate colors and good details in decent lighting situations. As with many tablet cameras, they noticed a drop off in quality in low light with noise in shadowed areas.

Overall, experts are generally pleased with the quality of the Samsung Tab S 8.4. PC Mag states, "…I'm happy to recommend the…Tab S 8.4…If you intend to read, surf or watch on your pocket-sized tablet, it simply shines." NY Daily News adds, "…if you're going to go Android, you simply can't find a better choice."


Reviews (8.1/10 Avg. rating)


Tablet News

Thinnest tablet in the world is also the comfiest, has excellent screen

from Tablet News

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 remains a great tablet for productivity and text reading, plus it has great screen colors and bright display. Its battery is not bad and the only drawbacks may be the 4:3 aspect and long charging, but in the end it’s the comfiest 9.7 inch tablet I’ve used. Th...More

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 remains a great tablet for productivity and text reading, plus it has great screen colors and bright display. Its battery is not bad and the only drawbacks may be the 4:3 aspect and long charging, but in the end it’s the comfiest 9.7 inch tablet I’ve used. That’s a boon for gaming and e-reading too. It’s also the most solid Android-based iPad Air 2 rival we’ve tested so far.

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Digital Versus

Samsung inches closer to perfection

from Digital Versus

The Galaxy Tab S series is the cream-of-the-crop of Samsung's recent tablet releases. The Tab S 8.4 has a beautiful display, powerhouse battery life, first rate speed and performance, and a whole bevy of apps and features. The iPad Mini 3 and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact had better watch out.

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The Galaxy Tab S series is the cream-of-the-crop of Samsung's recent tablet releases. The Tab S 8.4 has a beautiful display, powerhouse battery life, first rate speed and performance, and a whole bevy of apps and features. The iPad Mini 3 and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact had better watch out.

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Reviewed

A few kinks to work out, but otherwise this is a great tablet

from Reviewed

Though the Tab S didn't come through our labs entirely unscathed, it's still one heck of a tablet. It's not perfect, but it's a slate that paves the way for better things down the line. Truth be told, most issues we found with the Galaxy Tab S are easily overcome, and it's got the one key feature everybody needs: battery life...

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Though the Tab S didn't come through our labs entirely unscathed, it's still one heck of a tablet. It's not perfect, but it's a slate that paves the way for better things down the line. Truth be told, most issues we found with the Galaxy Tab S are easily overcome, and it's got the one key feature everybody needs: battery life.

Considering how much you get for the slate, it's not surprising that its pricetag is similarly big. It's clearly aimed at competing with the iPad Air, and there are certainly some reasons to opt for the Samsung here. The screen is the star of the show, with a technology that is vivid, sharp, and actually helps battery life. There simply aren't many tablets you can take on a cross-Atlantic flight and not worry about whether there's power at your seat.

We'd really like to see the cruft and other crapware cleaned off the drives of future tablets by Samsung, but it appears like this isn't going away anytime soon. It probably won't bother most people, but if you're looking to get every last bit of the storage you're paying for, you're looking in the wrong place. If you're looking to avoid this problem, chances are you're buying an Apple iPad mini with Retina Display, or Google Nexus 7.

All said, this is a wonderful piece of hardware that will make all but the nitpicky happy. Sure, it won't replace your laptop if you're a content creator, but a tablet like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S is a great sidekick to have on long flights—especially when the battery is so good. It's a wonderful first OLED effort from Samsung, and leaves us excited to see what it can do next time around. 

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iTechTriad

The best display on a tablet yet

from iTechTriad

This is not only the best Samsung tablet, but probably one of the best tablets available on the market right now. It’s got a great screen, beautiful design, thin profile, and some incredible performance. If a great display is what you’re looking for, the Galaxy Tab S is the best avail...More

This is not only the best Samsung tablet, but probably one of the best tablets available on the market right now. It’s got a great screen, beautiful design, thin profile, and some incredible performance. If a great display is what you’re looking for, the Galaxy Tab S is the best available. If it’s the best software, maybe not. If you can deal with TouchWiz, this is definitely a tablet I recommend buying. Even some like me, a consistent Nexus 7 user, is really tempted by this piece of hardware.

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Notebookcheck

Screen is simply a stunner

from Notebookcheck

Just like its bigger brother, the screen is the biggest highlight of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 8.4. It convinces with a large color space coverage and accurate color reproduction. Additionally, nothing stands in the way of outdoor use. Users who do not like the color intensive OLED screen can switch to the Basic mode for a natural reproduction without having to sacrifice the technology's great black levels...

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Just like its bigger brother, the screen is the biggest highlight of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 8.4. It convinces with a large color space coverage and accurate color reproduction. Additionally, nothing stands in the way of outdoor use. Users who do not like the color intensive OLED screen can switch to the Basic mode for a natural reproduction without having to sacrifice the technology's great black levels.

The tablet's performance is good, and should be completely sufficient for most users. However, it cannot compete with current high-end SoC. Compromises will have to primarily be made in graphic performance. So, users who want to use their tablet as a gaming console will have to be satisfied with reduced details in up-to-date top games.

Otherwise, the Tab S 8.4 is largely satisfying. It provides all possible interfaces, LTE, and the possibility to expand the storage. Only NFC is not available. Users who dislike the device's plastic casing can take the iPad mini that remains to be the measure of things in terms of build. 

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PC Pro

A great, if pricey, compact tablet, with a top-quality screen, fast performance and superb battery life

from PC Pro

There’s no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is an excellent Android tablet, but it’s expensive, and there are too many little niggles to nudge it into to the upper echelons. For our money, the iPad mini and Nexus 7 remain the compact tablets to beat.

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There’s no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is an excellent Android tablet, but it’s expensive, and there are too many little niggles to nudge it into to the upper echelons. For our money, the iPad mini and Nexus 7 remain the compact tablets to beat.

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The Inquirer

Great display, solid performance, lightweight design

from The Inquirer

Featuring a great display, powerful processor, above average - for a tablet - camera and wealth of security services, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a stellar device that easily matches, if not beats the performance of other small tablets.

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Featuring a great display, powerful processor, above average - for a tablet - camera and wealth of security services, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a stellar device that easily matches, if not beats the performance of other small tablets.

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The Gadget Show

Sleek looks and wealth of specs

from The Gadget Show

Apple's iPad mini has a serious rival in Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 8.4 tablet, as it combines top-notch performance, a pin-sharp display and a lighter, slim-line body that's loaded with plenty of goodies. Its build quality can't compete with Apple's slates, and TouchWiz gets in the way, but it's eas...More

Apple's iPad mini has a serious rival in Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 8.4 tablet, as it combines top-notch performance, a pin-sharp display and a lighter, slim-line body that's loaded with plenty of goodies. Its build quality can't compete with Apple's slates, and TouchWiz gets in the way, but it's easily one of the best Android tablets you can buy right now.

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What Mobile

Full HD resolution, feature-packed

from What Mobile

Although the smaller Samsung Galaxy Tab S may have the odd niggling issue, it still beats other Android slates in most departments. There are slimmer, lighter and larger slates out there but the Samsung Galaxy Tab S has the best display on the market, rivalling even the likes of the iPad and Goog...More

Although the smaller Samsung Galaxy Tab S may have the odd niggling issue, it still beats other Android slates in most departments. There are slimmer, lighter and larger slates out there but the Samsung Galaxy Tab S has the best display on the market, rivalling even the likes of the iPad and Google Nexus 10. Not to mention it’s great all-round performance when it comes to app and web browsing and its general usability. When a slate boasts functionality this good, you’ll want to use it again and again. Simply put, it’s the best Android tablet on the market.

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TabletPCReview

A very well-rounded Android model that functions flawlessly

from TabletPCReview

If you can get over the premium price, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has one of the best displays available on any tablet, and beyond that is a very well-rounded Android model that functions flawlessly.

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If you can get over the premium price, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has one of the best displays available on any tablet, and beyond that is a very well-rounded Android model that functions flawlessly.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 27, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 6.0 Marshmallow)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa core 1.9 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.06 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4900 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time 12 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 10 hours
3G Surfing Time 9 hours
4G Surfing Time 9 hours
Reading Time No
Standby Time 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Dazzling White, Titanium Bronze
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.3 x 12.5 x 0.7 cm (8.4 x 4.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 294 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1600 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 360 pixels
Size 8.4 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Dual camera feature, Burst mode, Metering, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-T700

Proximity Sensor only available for LTE version.
Built-in Fingerprint Scanner
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