Compare Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs iPad Mini with Retina display

Samsung introduced a few days ago its new high-end tablets and one of them is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, a model more compact screen but has a high technical profile. The screen is one of its main strengths, is that besides having a very high resolution technology also features Super AMOLED. The rest of its technical background is not far behind and also has unique features of the Samsung.

If you are looking for a compact and advanced tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is an interesting option, but there is another very similar tablet that is also a proposal to consider. We speak, of course, the iPad Mini with Retina display. We see the differences between these two models below.

Display and Design

We start with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, as its name suggests, has a screen of 8.4 inches diagonally. The panel technology is Super AMOLED, offering bright colors, enhances contrast while reducing fuel consumption. It also has a resolution 2560 x 1600 pixels and a density of no less than 359 ppi. On the other hand, the iPad Mini carries a panel, 7.9-inch IPS LCD more compact but also more square. Its resolution is 2,048 x 1,536 pixels and concentrates 324 dots per inch, which is what Apple called Retina display.

The design of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is particularly remarkable for its thickness of only 6.6 millimeters. tablet is more elongated than its opponent because it has a larger screen, but nevertheless gets a tighter weight in concrete are 294 grams for the WiFi version. The chassis is made of plastic with a textured dot on the back and carries a frame with metallic effect around. The design of the iPad mini is one of the salient points, and that Apple pay special attention to this section. The device has a unibody aluminum chassis (made of one piece) which gives elegance and strength. The iPad mini is slim and lightweight (7.5 mm and 331 grams), but not as much as its opponent.

Camera and Multimedia

Samsung has introduced a camera of eight megapixels on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, which also is accompanied by LED flash, autofocus and recording FullHD video at 30 frames per second. On the front of another camera takes to make video calls also recording in FullHD, but in this case its resolution is 2.1 megapixels. For the iPad Mini with Retina display we find a five-megapixel main sensor technology BSI and lens f / 2.4 with five elements and an infrared filter. At this point it is noteworthy that the quality of the lens and BSI system offered very good results, although the size of the images will not be as extensive. The camera also has autofocus and record videos as FullHD. The front camera has 1.2 megapixels and record video in HD720p.

The media profile of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is more complete from the point of view of playback formats, since Apple does not offer such a wide compatibility and the user will have to use third party applications to play according to what files.

Power and memory

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.4 S will go on sale in various forms and be two different processors. On one side is the Octa Exynos 5, one eight-core actually consists of two quad-core chips of 1.9 and 1.3 Ghz each. There will also be an issue with Snapdragon 800 to four cores at 2.3 Ghz. In both cases the memory RAM is 3GB. The iPad mini with Retina display comes with an A7 Apple’s 64-bit chip, consisting of two cores at 1.3 Ghz and 1 Gb of RAM. Although it may seem that the configuration of iPad mini is below its 64-bit architecture has shown that the A7 chip is one of the fastest time. Also here also plays an important role fluidity offered by the operating system iOS.

As for the internal memory, the Samsung Galaxy S Tab 8.4 will be available in both 16 and 32 GB and can be expanded with cards microSD of additional 128 Gb. Meanwhile the iPad mini does not allow the application but is available in three versions of 16, 32 and 64 Gb capacity.

Operating System and Applications

The operating system is a very important point because it is what defines the experience of using each product. As you know, the Samsung Galaxy S Tab 8.4 features Android 4.4 KitKat standard. The mobile system Google is known for being very versatile, allowing users to change its appearance or install applications from any source. Also Samsung offers a package of features like built-in start button fingerprint sensor, used to protect contents, terminal block and to make payments through PayPal. It also has other features such as intelligent translator Translator S, S Note, Story Album, Group Play, kid mode or integrated video editor and more.


On the other hand the iPad mini features the operating system iOS, now at version iOS 7.1, but will be updated soon to iOS August. The mobile platform of Apple offers a management intuitive, where everything is perfectly organized to make it as simple to use as possible. However it is a closed system and does not offer as many possibilities as far as Android is concerned customization. In this case the user will find the Apple application package, which includes assistant Siri, Calendar, Reminders, Stocks, Weather and other utilities. It also has the notification center, the control center and the system of multitasking.


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