Quick look: Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 vs Nexus 7 (2013)

January 7, 2014
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Correction: the TabPRO 8.4 has 2GB of RAM, not 3GB as the video says.

If you’ve been keeping up with our CES 2014 coverage, you know that Samsung unveiled a series of high-end tablets yesterday, in different sizes: the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, 10.1, and 12.2-inch, along with the Note PRO, which features the S-Pen stylus.

With any new release, the first thought before making the choice to pick one up is with regards to how it stacks up against the competition. To help you answer that question, we’ll be taking a quick look at a comparison of the the newly announced Samsung TabPRO 8.4, against the very popular Google Nexus 7 (2013). Let’s get started!

Size and build

tabpro 8.4 vs nexus 7 2013 screenshot1

When it comes to size, the the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, with its  comparatively larger display (8.4-inches vs 7-inches), provides a lot more screen, while its sleek form factor and thin bezels, reduces any negative effect on portability. Even though the footprint of the Nexus 7 (2013) is significantly smaller, the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is thinner. Understandably, a more accurate size comparison for the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 will be against the LG G Pad 8.3 and the iPad Mini.

The faux-leather plastic back with the stitching effect, that was first introduced with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, is also featured on the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, making it comfortable to grip and hold, and great to look at. The Nexus 7 (2013), with its minimalistic soft touch plastic build, is also quite a stylish device.

Display

Samsung Galaxy TabPro 12.2 vs Nexus 7 2013 -2

As far as the display is concerned, the difference between the Nexus 7 (2013) and the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is obvious. The Nexus 7 (2013) may bea big upgrade from its predecessor with its Full HD 1920×1200 (~323 ppi) resolution display, but the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is definitely the better choice in this regard as well, boasting a whopping 2560×1600 resolution (~359 ppi).

Software

tabpro 8.4 vs nexus 7 2013 screenshot2

The Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 tablet will run Android 4.4 KitKat at launch, with several features on top, including Samsung’s new Magazine UI, that aims to bring a cleaner, more organized look to the tablet with its resizable widgets layout, and is a much needed upgrade. There is no S-Pen stylus, but that shouldn’t affect productivity needs in any way. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 (2013) features the stock version of Android, and while currently also running Android 4.4 Kitkat, will also be among the first devices to receive any future OS update.

Specs Comparison

 
Nexus 7 (2013)
Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4
Display7-inch IPS LCD, 1920x1200 resolution, 323 ppi8.4-inch Super Clear LCD, 2560x1600 resolution, 359 ppi
Processor1.5 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (LTE), Octa-core Samsung Exynos 5 (non-LTE)
RAM2 GB2 GB
Storage16/32 GB16/32 GB, expandable via microSD up to 64 GB
Battery3,950 mAh 4,800 mAh
Cameras5 MP rear, 1.2 MP front8 MP rear, 2 MP front
OSAndroid 4.4 KitkatAndroid 4.4 Kitkat
Dimensions200 x 114 x 8.7 mm, 290 grams (Wi-Fi only), 299 grams (3G/LTE)219 x 128.5 x 7.2 mm, 331 grams (Wi-Fi only), 336 grams (3G/LTE)

Conclusion at a glance

Samsung Galaxy TabPro 12.2 vs Nexus 7 2013 -5

As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is miles ahead of the Nexus 7 (2013) when it comes to specifications. Of course, the biggest selling point, and the reason the Nexus line of devices is so popular, is its price point. While no official information on pricing is available, we expect the Galaxy TabPRO series to be towards the higher end of the price spectrum, and could be one of the few reasons for consumers to think twice before picking one up.

Don’t forget to check out our hands-on preview and gallery of the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, and stay tuned for a more in-depth comparison of this tablet against similar devices such as the Nexus 7 (2013), LG G Pad, and more.

Stay tuned with Android Authority as we continue to bring you more great coverage from CES 2014!

Comments

  • Jack Parker

    3gb of ram was mentioned in the galaxy tab pro specs but its not on the chart :P

    • Jayfeather787

      It did not say it in the article. The 10.1 and 12.2 both have 3 GB of RAM, this one has 2. It did mention it in the video, but he might have said it wrong.

  • Jayfeather787

    Wow, this thing trumps the Nexus 7 in terms of hardware. Looks pretty good. I have a Nexus 7 2013, and it is awesome. It may not have as good specs, but it feels fast, and it has amazing developer support. I am running BS Harmony and it is just amazing. This looks very promising though. Hope it is priced reasonably. Also Nexus 7 2013 has Snapdragon 600, just underclocked. Has Krait 300 same architecture, can overclock to same amount.

  • satsmine2k4

    Samsung should price the pro 8.4 equal or less than the ipad mini else it just won’t sell …

    • Balraj

      It will be priced lesser than ipad mini
      But how much less ? :-P

      • Corey Watford

        It wont, just look at the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edt. priced at 549, compared to the iPad 499, this 8.4 Tab Pro will be 399.99, until we get that Nexus 8 in June, July we wont get those kind of specs for anywhere near the nexus 7 price range.

        • Balraj

          dude that’s a note series
          this is tab series…………….

      • Tuấn Ankh

        maybe $20-50 less? xD

        • Balraj

          Even I had the same price difference in my mind :-P

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  • Guest123

    Price? $230 Vs $400? $600?

    • apianist16

      Yeah, the price differential is going to be ridiculous.

  • John Jackson

    Wait till the nexus 7 2014 come out in July. Hopefully we’ll know by may. Maybe a 2.3ghz or up!64 bit Quad or Octa core as its processor .with 3 to 4 gigs of ram! 8 to 13 mega pixel rear and a 2 to 5 mega pixel front shooter would be nice. Nexus came this far to be turning around! But budget is every thing at the end of the day.they say 8 million sold in 2013!? $230.00 was its lowest price point from July to October. Black friday to Christmas for $178-$200 was the lowest price i have seen. This year Google should keep focusing on the screen and 64bit processing! Every thing else is a o.k.!!!

    • Jayfeather787

      NEXUS FTW!!
      This is still cool, and I am not hating on it. Good use of screen space in the UI and excellent hardware.

      • John Jackson

        I had damn near all of them too!!! It’s not that Samsung is not good . nexus just knows how to do it better. People are broke these days and can not go out and buy every tablet out back to back.the people like minded like myself who loves technology too.will just invest in one tablet or phone a year if that. And nexus tried to put a tablet in every home besides its cheaper competitors.you know $50 dollar to $100 budget tablet that you can buy at any Walmart near you.but besides that apple broke new grown last year with A7 64bit processor. That dual core will smoke most of our android phones and tablet processors in a test an on paper clocked in at a lower GHz. Now that’s fast! Samsung might not care or started in the 2014 processor game a Lil late. Well nexus still has time to decide which direction their gonna go.

        • Jaun Lombard

          The Nexus 7″tab in South Africa costs the same as the Note 8.0…thus its not a bargain in all countries.

          • John Jackson

            The price is different in every country??! But their are reasons for this. Maybe taxes,advertising, marketing! “Hardwear” difference.I don’t know ! How many people in South Africa ?! How many people in SA that could afford to buy thiese tablets verses people who can’t. Selfish and unselfish reasons. Who knows ?? Its a free for all when it comes to price country to country my friend. But even after hearing the specs of these things.I’m not impressed! I will keep using my nexus 7 2013 which should get a Lil faster with every update until may when the nexus 7 2014 debut at the other big electronic show. An a side note.I do not half to justify any reason to or not to buy these tablets or any other brand.price controls my conches not the brand name. You know?! Is it Asus or Google that made this fine tablet .but I can’t wait to see the next one.the 3rd time is the charm!

          • Jayfeather787

            Asus manufactured it following Google’s plans.

    • Alex James Simon

      I’m hoping for Tegra K1 in the 2014 Nexus 7

      • John Jackson

        No! That’s for computers or game system. The tegra k1. Check out the Intel atom bay trail..I think you would be very pleased with this new news!!! Let’s just see if android acts on it!! Cause android has no real talks that their ready to jump on the 64bit band wagon just quite yet

        • Alex James Simon

          No, the Nvidia GTX 780 TI is the one for computers, and not game systems, it destroys game systems, the Tegra K1 has a mobile version of the GTX 780 TI in it, however it isn’t dumbed down, there is a demo of a K1 tablet running the full PS3 port of Trine 2 on youtube. Although it seems like it’s poorly optimized port. They also said that it has support for Unreal Enigine 4.

          • John Jackson

            Oh o.k. I see…good job on the up to date info!

  • Balraj

    In the video you say 3gb & in spec sheet you write 2gb
    What is the real ram spec?

  • Brandon Miranda

    Technically the OS for the Nexus 7 should be 4.3 since that is what it ships with out of the box.

    • John Jackson

      You are correct.but I think what the reviewer mean is at the time of the review both tablels are now rocking 4.4.2 kitkat !! With the nexus to get the next update first?!

    • MSmith79

      I disagree. The only thing I care about is what OS it is running once I start using it. Why do I care if the first 10 minutes of it’s life it’s running 4.3 while it’s downloading it’s updates to get up to date? I don’t.

      • Brandon Miranda

        Yes but there’s less tech savvy people who will see this buy a Nexus for 4.4 soon to realize it has 4.3. Them being non tech savvy, would have no clue how to upgrade the device firmware.

        • MSmith79

          I disagree there too :) If they’re tech savvy enough to know there is a 4.4 vs 4.3 and also tech savvy enough to know how to go into the settings and find out what version they’re on, then they’re tech savvy enough to click “Update Software” in the notifications panel (it notifies them right away and continues to notify every day until they respond). It also tells them to update it in the settings where it says that they’re on v 4.3.

          • Brandon Miranda

            You know you got me! But I still think it matters.

          • MSmith79

            lol…fair enough ;) While we may not agree, I see your point and understand why some would feel that way.

        • Cal Rankin

          dude. The device sends a notification to update it to Android 4.4. It then goes through all the terms, specifying that the device cannot be used during the update, release notes, etc. and it updates.

          • Brandon Miranda

            Please. Read the comments before you post on a point that’s already been discussed and over with.

          • Cal Rankin

            Oh, I did. I just wished to reiterate.

  • Jaun Lombard

    Wow looking at the Nexus next to the new Samsung…the Nexus seems cheap looking. I think the New Samsung look is better than most! Only the Xperia Tab and iPad looks better!

    • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

      agreed

  • phuongot
  • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

    dat ugly bezels on N7 …. eughhhh …

  • Ben Jowett

    I would buy the Tab Pro 8.4, but then root and flash stock Kitkat as imo, Magazine UX and TW as whole is ugly. ^_^

  • david

    The galaxy tab pro 8.4 is the same price as the i pad mini retina l