Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 hands-on preview: video & gallery

by: Chris SmithJanuary 7, 2014

The Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is the smallest tablet unveiled by Samsung during its Monday pre-CES 2014 media event, but don’t be fooled by its size, as the company intends this to be a Pro device like its bigger brothers, not a mid-ranged tablet – here’s our initial hands-on experience with the device.

One of the most important assets of this Pro tablet is its screen. While we’re looking at the same 2560 x 1600 resolution display found in the other new Samsung tablets, this device has a smaller Super Clear LCD, at just 8.4 inches, bringing the pixel-per-inch (ppi) ratio up to 359.

Design-wise, the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 reminds us of other recent Note products: we have a thin profile and bezels, as well as the plastic faux leather with stitching effect on the back. The Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 measures 219 x 128.5 x 7.2 mm and weighs up to 336g (depending on version), making the device quite comfortable to handle and grip with one hand.

When it comes to specs, the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 packs the kind of hardware you may have wanted to see in previous 7- to 8-inch devices including a powerful 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage upgradeable via microSD cards and a 4800mAh battery.

Better yet, the tablet will run Android 4.4 KitKat at launch, with several TouchWiz features on top including Samusng’s Magazine UX that aims to bring a cleaner, more organized look to the tablet. There’s no S Pen stylus in the Galaxy Tab models, but that doesn’t mean it won’t meet some of your productivity needs. Furthermore, Samsung will pre-load or make available for free download various apps you may find useful, including Dropbox, Remote PC, WebEx Meetings, Hancom Office for Android and others.

This is our first look at the tablet, so expect to see the Galaxy TabPRO in future in-depth Android Authority coverage, including comparisons with the Nexus 7 (2013) and LG’s G Tab 8.3.

  • DigBick

    Does it come in black?

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Magazine UX? So have they gotten rid of TouchWiz?

    • Richard Sequeira

      MagazineUX to be used in Tizen mobile devices.

  • HitokiriX

    They should have made this a Note model and included the S Pen. I would have bought it.

  • Balraj

    wow…at last, compact tablet with superb specs
    worth buying…i wish it hits India soooooooooooon :D

    • No name

      At last compact tab with superb specs ? Are You serious ? Look at the iPad mini Retina, sure it might not be an Android device but its one powerful tablet!

      • Abhishek Kumar

        Ipad has limitations. however, you cannot deny the fact that it has more dedicated Tablet apps.

        • Richard Sequeira

          This is slowly changing. More Android developers are begining to make more Android optimised applications.

      • Balraj

        I’m serious…
        IPad is too costly in India & no memory card slot & no call facility in 3g version
        Above all ios 7 looks & feels like shit
        Tab pro is ultra hd…
        It will be priced lesser than ipad
        So ya, this is best tablet in android ecosystem

  • George

    “16/32GB of storage upgradeable via microSD cards”
    The S4 which is clearly older with Snapdragon 600 supports 64gb sd, why this one only supports 32gb?

  • Jules

    Only interesting for me when Google Play edition and quality custom roms avaible.

    A while back my first Android device was a Samsung. I almost ran back to now mediocre iOS untill I found Odin and got rid of Touchiz. Then with vanilla I found out how great Android really is as mobile OS and sort of fell in love with it. In my opnion Samsung is sort of a serial raper. They keep on abusing Android device after device, year in year out.

    • Balraj

      I used vanilla android via custom Rom
      Got bored after 3 months & removed it after 6 months

      It’s just based on taste & preference
      Like it, take it or leave it…
      I like what Samsung has done with magazine ux
      Again preference..

  • vespa5

    I would definitely get this if a Google Play Edition version came out. I just cannot stand Samsung’s skin (let alone any other skin) on top of vanilla Android. I think I’m fine and dandy with my Nexus 7 (2013) for now. Even if the benchmarks may blow the N7 2013 out of the water, real world situations and the bang for your buck factor overall kicks in. These designs of the 3 new sizes for Samsung are basically the Galaxy S3/S4 with bigger screens (kinda like the iPads being iPhones with bigger screens)

    • connor

      Well, this isn’t running the normal Samsung Touchwhiz, it’s running the new Magazine UI, so it’s possible you might find that preferable to normal samsung devices

  • Jusephe

    Samsung should stop making this “Super Clear LCD” marketing ballast and play fair.

    • Seriously?

      Versus the Super LCD 3 on some devices and Apple’s “retina” display? Get real, every manufacturer does this.

  • mustbepbs

    Reminds me of Chameleon. It looks really awful when they’re playing with it. It just doesn’t look like Android anymore. Oh well.

  • crackinthewall

    Why is no one in the media commenting about the recent apps button?! They really need to release an 8″ Note with these specs.

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  • AnandNexus

    In india
    ipad air costs 500 dollars!!!4 the 16 gb!
    When the tab pro 8.4 comes ppl will ask”is there a tablet called ipad???”