iPad Mini Retina vs. Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4: Which Mini Tablet Should You Go For?

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By Kristin Dian Mariano | January 7, 2014 3:11 PM EST

Planning to buy a miniature tablet this year?

Samsung officially unveiled a line of tablets today at the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas and it showed off four slabs of metal that will jump in the tablet market.

Samsung Press kit
South Korean technology giant, Samsung has announced the much awaited high-end tablet range Galaxy TabPRO and NotePRO at the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2014.

One of the tablets unveiled by Samsung is the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4. The 8-inch tablet is expected to battle head on with iPad Mini with Retina display from Apple.

Below is the comparison of specs and features of Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 and iPad Mini with Retina display:

Design

Just like Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 sports a faux leather casing. The iPad Mini with Retina display, on the other hand, is housed in aluminium casing that Apple is known for.

Screen Display

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 boasts an 8.4-inch LCD screen display with 1,600 x 2,560 pixel resolution and 360 ppi. The tablet has one of the most pixel-dense screens in the market that can deliver vivid and realistic colours to users. Meanwhile, the second generation of iPad Mini has a 7.9-inch Retina display with 2,048 x 1,536 pixel resolution and 326 ppi.

Processor

Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is powered by 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset complemented with 2 GB of RAM on board. Expect faster processing using iPad Mini Retina, too, as it is packed with A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion co-processor.

Storage

Consumers can choose between 16 or 32 GB variants of Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4. For those in need of more storage, the tablet comes with microSD slot which is expandable up to 64 GB. The iPad Mini Retina battled this with its 16, 32, 64 and 128 GB models.

Operating System

Good news to Android fans out there, the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 runs with the 4.4 version of Android Kitkat OS. As Samsung does not have its own operating system unlike Apple, one of the common complaints to Samsung is its slow update to the next versions of Android OS that leaves some users frustrated. The iPad Mini with Retina display, on the other hand, runs with the latest iOS 7 software and users can expect no problems in upgrading to the next version.

Camera

Take photos with Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4's 8 MP rear camera and 2 MP front-facing camera. Meanwhile, the iPad Mini Retina is equipped with 5 MP iSight camera at the back and 1.2 MP Facetime camera.

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is equipped with 4,800 mAh battery, while the iPad Mini with Retina display comes with built-in 23.8-Wh battery that is claimed to last for up to 10 hours with extensive usage.

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South Korean technology giant, Samsung has announced the much awaited high-end tablet range Galaxy TabPRO and NotePRO at the International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2014.
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