Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4 Inches) vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8.0 Inches) – Specifications, Features and Price Comparison

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | June 16, 2014 12:43 PM EST

Samsung announced two variants of its Tab series of tablets in an event organized in New York on June 12, 2014. The new Galaxy Tab S tablets come with 8.4 inches and 10.5 inches display. Both the tablets pack killer features and terrific hardware specifications. Here is a specification, feature and price comparison between the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4 inches) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8.0 Inches).

Display, Size and Exterior

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S features an 8.4 inches Super AMOLED display with a stunning 2,560 x 1,600 pixel screen resolution. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, on the other hand, comes with an 8 inches Super Clear LCD display with much lesser 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution. In addition, the pixel strength of Galaxy Tab S stands-out at 359 ppi, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes with an inferior 189 ppi of pixel density.

The Galaxy Tab S comes with a thickness and weight of 6.6 mm and 249 g respectively. Whereas the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has a thickness of 7.4 mm and it weighs much higher than Tab S at 319 g. Hence the Galaxy Tab S is lighter and thinner when compared to the galaxy Tab 3.

The exterior of the Galaxy Tab S is similar to the flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone with a perforated textured rear. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, on the other hand, has curvy edges, and glossy plastic back.

Hardware and Software

The non-LTE version of Samsung Galaxy Tab S is powered by a superior octa-core (Exynos 5) processor clocked at (1.9 GHz quad-core and 1.3 GHz quad-core), and it houses 3 GB of RAM. In addition, the LTE version of Galaxy Tab S is powered by a quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800) processor clocked at 2.3 GHz.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, on the other hand, is powered by a relatively inferior dual-core (Exynos 4 Dual) ARM Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and it comes with only 1.5 GB of RAM. The Galaxy Tab S runs on the latest Android v4.4 KitKat OS, while the Galaxy Tab 3 runs on Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Memory

The Galaxy Tab S comes with 16 GB and 32 GB of internal storage capacity and it supports microSD card for expansion up to 128 GB. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes with the same built-in storage capacity of 16 GB and 32 GB; in addition, it supports microSD card for expansion up to 64 GB.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 houses a 5 MP rear-facing camera without flash and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera unit. While the Galaxy Tab S comes with an 8 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 2.1 MP front-facing camera unit.

Battery

The Galaxy Tab S houses a whopping 4900 mAh battery unit with Ultra Power Saving mode. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 also packs a good-enough 4450 mAh battery unit.

Colour

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes in brown and white shades, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Tab S will come in titanium bronze and dazzling white shades.

Misc                                       

1.       Both the tablets come in LTE and non-LTE (or Wi-Fi only) models.

2.       The Galaxy Tab S is a killer tablet for the ones addicted to multi-tasking. In addition, the tablet can be used as a Remote PC.

3.       Also, the latest Galaxy Tab S houses fingerprint scanner.

4.       The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, on the other hand, comes with multi-window support, Pop Up video, Smart Stay eye-tracking, which is used to turn off the display when the user is not looking at the screen.

Price and Release Date

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8.0 inches) 16 GB LTE is priced at AU$389.95, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4 inches) will be priced at US$399 (roughly translates to AU$424) and the Galaxy Tab S (10.5 inches) variant will be priced at US$499 (roughly translates to AU$531). The Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be released in selected markets starting July, 2014.

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