Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 hands-on and first look

by: Andrew GrushJune 12, 2014

At tonight’s Samsung Galaxy Premiere event, Samsung officially unveiled its new tablet flagship line, the Galaxy Tab S series. As expected, there are two models in the family, an 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch version. Turning our attention to the former of these, the Tab S 8.4 shares a lot in common with its larger brother, albeit in a smaller package.

The Tab S is powered by an Exyos 5 Octa or a 2.3Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, depending on the market. There’s also 3GB of RAM and either 16 or 32GB storage with microSD for expansion. Other specs for the Tab S 8.4 include an 8MP rear cam, 2.1MP front cam, a 4900 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.

Of course the real star of the show is the beautiful 8.4-inch AMOLED display with its 2560×1600 resolution and 388 ppi. While the resolution and size isn’t much different than the display in devices like the TabPro series, the key distinction here is that AMOLED tends to have greater contrast with deeper, true blacks.

At this size, the Tab S 8.4 offers the perfect balance between portability and display size

Design wise? The Tab S 8.4 is like having a blown up Galaxy S5. This includes many of the same features as well, such as the fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button. There’s also the same textured back, which may or may not be a good thing depending on how you feel about this design. At just 6.6 mm thick, and around 298 grams, the Tab S 8.4 is very easy to handle, not only because of its flat sides and thin profile, but also because of how light it is. At this size, the Tab S 8.4 offers the perfect balance between portability and display size.

Of course a good tablet experience is about more than just the hardware or the design, software matters too. For the most part, this is the same software you’ll find with devices like the TabPro series, though there’s certainly some changes thrown in such as SideSync. This new feature essentially makes it possible to control your phone from your tablet using a separate windows (and wi-fi direct technology). There’s also a few other features like the Papergarden magazine app.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 seems like a pretty solid step forward, especially for fans of AMOLED displays. Interestingly enough, Samsung also has some pretty cool accessories lined up for the series such as a book cover and a keyboard — both of which we’ll be sure to bring you more details about in the near future.

We’ll be sure to bring you an even more detailed look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S down the road, though this gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect from Samsung’s latest tablet.

  • justine

    I’ve seen tablet screens and I compare them to my note 3 and and super amoled really makes a difference so i gave no doubt the display will be amazing

  • Jeremiah R.

    How much RAM? 2 or 3gb?

    • Jayfeather787

      2 GB

      • Jason

        Right in the article it states 3GB of RAM.. You failed to read! Its in the article dude!! BOTH OF YOU LEARN TO READ WTF is wrong with you?? Read the article first before making a stupid post that answers your questions. Holy Cow!!

        “The Tab S is powered by an Exyos 5 Octa or a 2.3Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, depending on the market. There’s also 3GB of RAM and either 16 or 32GB storage with microSD for expansion. Other specs for the Tab S 8.4 include an 8MP rear cam, 2.1MP front cam, a 4900 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat…”

        • Jayfeather787

          Woah, man. Calm your fucking tits. I made a mistake. No need to get mad cuz you’re on your period. Last year’s 8.4 inch tab had 2. Geez. Kill yourself.

          • Bobby Bryla

            Hay Jay, have you ever seen real tits in person? I bet not, except maybe your mom’s.

          • Say What?

            You look like you have a pretty big set of tits on yourself there bro. But you’re so ugly that YOU probably haven’t seen any on a woman.

          • Jayfeather787

            How the fuck is that relevant? Go fuck yourself, and I bet the only tits you have seen are your’s so shut up.

          • Say What?

            The dude looks like Sloth from The Goonies.

        • wtd2009


        • bakakun028

          Learn to grammar

        • Jeremiah R.

          Prozac, get some. Geez-us.

        • Say What?

          The problem with the world. ↑ This guy.

  • Jayfeather787

    Pretty good specs.

  • Jeremiah R.
  • Vladimir


    • hoggleboggle


      • Vladimir

        Not for me.
        So anybody knows?

        • Jusephe

          8,4 PenTile, 10,5 is labeled as “True super RGB” but there are signs of some strange non RGB matrix used in there as well.

      • Jusephe

        About as irrelevant as cutting a third off your pixels out… I am sure you would notice that.

        • hoggleboggle

          I have the note 3 which has a pentile arrangement and I (and every reviewer out there) can guarantee that you cannot tell the difference unless you inspect it under a microscope so no, it is utterly irrelevant at these resolutions.

          • jusephe

            Yeah its unnoticeable difference, that just show how dump those ppi wars are… when most of the people can’t see the difference between a Pen-tile or RGB they can’t see the difference between a 300 ppi and 400 ppi. But do not forget those are tablets with lower ppi than phones, it will be a little more apperent than on phones.

    • Vladimir

      Here is the image from Anandtech, from the smaller model. It definitely looks like crap. Just look at the G+ icon:

      • hoggleboggle

        show you are utterly clueless. it is actually pretty damn sharp based on that image. At least as good as any high res screen on the market to date.

        • Vladimir

          Hey man cool you jets. It looks crap to me and I’m sure if you put both screen technologies next to each other you would see the difference.
          I had both, and I can’t stand pentile any more. Zoom in the picture and see how blue background looks weird.

          It’s easy to call someone clueless on the internet. I understand what type of person you are. It sucks to be you, sorry.


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  • Derrick

    I just got a samsung pro tab 8.4 tablet last week it is great but here samsung goes again and release more tablets thats it for me my tablet and phones out dated one week later this crap is getting old quick! It seams like the company has (A.D.D) attention deficit disorder with no real Focus. And then just when you think they can’t get any more unfocused looks like they are going to release a new operating system this year (Tizan) on a Phone and if they go with there own app store instead of Google they will go no where at a million miles an hour . I was an Iphone user and tried my first samsung phone 3 years ago starting with a galaxy s3 next they came out with a s4 I got one and loved it but was getting a bit to big for me so I looked into getting a mini s4 the only thing was it had low specs so I waited for a s5 they go and make it bigger so I hold out . While I waited I purchased a Galaxy note eight tablet it became outdated pretty quick so I had an opportunity to buy a Tab pro 8.4 (out dated 1 week later) I figure if I wait just a little bit longer I should have 7 inch phone and another 80 tablets by the beginning of next year.
    Am I the only one that feels this way?they keep giving us Nice cake and they scrape the icing off an hour later

    • Bobby Bryla

      No, the only people that feel that way are losers like YOU that apparently have different needs one month later. Do you suddenly need to have a better screen? Won’t your pro tab 8.4 still do the job in one year? Or do you just have the Apple Upgrade mindset — more of a status than really needing those features? If you wait until the next better one comes out, you’ll never own anything. Be happy with what you have and upgrade in a year. There will be several new ones in between.

      • K2

        Some people like to but the latest and best tech available in the market.And he pobably wanted the best has to offer for atleast a few months.

        • K2

          like to ‘buy’, and he probably wanted the best ‘samsung’ has to offer.

  • tony solinan

    Yes,well some don’t like Sammy’s products, but I’m a fan of Samsung as I used the phones Gs3,and Gs4,and the 10.1″ tab3,over the last year or two,I like their phones,the one I wanted was the galaxy Round,but only available in Korea!so ive been waiting and still waiting until July-August before I know what phone to go for, as by then there will be Chinese,Korean,Taiwan,Japan,All kinds of phones from Around the world,I mean manufacturers,so by August I will have all the phones that I’m interested in on the Market!

  • Adam Samuel Morris

    Does this model come in a 32GB version sporting 4G LTE support also? I’m looking at getting the (8.4) but I think I will need to get the (10.5) if it is a 32GB.