Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-Inch Model vs. Apple iPad Mini: Price And Specs Comparison in Australia

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By Ma Evelyn Castino Quilas | June 16, 2014 6:58 PM EST

Samsung has recently rolled out Samsung Galaxy Tab S during the "Tab Into Color Galaxy Premiere." So how will the 8.5-inch model of Samsung Galaxy Tab fare with Apple iPad Mini when it will hit the Australian shores?

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Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab (front) and Apple's iPad are seen in Seoul, in this May 13, 2013 file picture illustration. A U.S. jury on May 2, 2014, ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to pay $119.6 million to Apple Inc, after it found the South Korean smartphone maker had infringed two Apple patents. During the month-long trial in a San Jose, California, federal court, Apple accused Samsung of violating patents on smartphone features including universal search, while Samsung denied wrongdoing. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Files

Price

According to CNET, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.5-inch model costs $425 in Australia. This is $54 less than Apple iPad Mini which costs $474 at the Apple Australia Web site.

Physical Appearance

According to Samsung Web site, Galaxy Tab S comes in two colors: titanium bronze and dazzling white. It weighs 10 ounces or 294 grams and measures 212.8 mm x 125.6 mm x 6.6 mm. Apple Web site listed iPad Mini in space gray and silver colors. It weighs 331 grams and measures 200 mm x 134.7 mm x 7.5 mm.  

Display

Samsung Galaxy Tab S is a few notches ahead than Apple iPad Mini. Samsung cited Galaxy Tab S has 8.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2560 x1600 pixels. Apple said iPad Mini has 7.9-inch LED-backlit multitouch display with IPS technology. It has a screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy Tab S has better specs than Apple iPad Mini. Samsung Galaxy Tab S has 8 MP back-facing camera and 2.1 MP front-facing camera. Apple iPad Mini has 5 MP back-facing camera and 1.2 MP front-facing camera. The specs is compensated with additional camera features such as autofocus, face detection, backside illumination, five-element lens, hybrid IR filter, tap to focus video or images, tap to control exposure, photo and video geotagging and HDR focus.  

Processors

Samsung Galaxy Tab S has 1.3 GHz and 1.9 GHz Exynos Octa-core processors. Apple iPad Mini has dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processors and A7 chip with motion co-processor.

Operating Systems

Samsung Galaxy Tab S runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat while Apple iPad Mini runs on iOS7.    

Memory

Samsung Galaxy Tab S has 16 GB built-in memory and 3 GB RAM. It also has a microSD slot for additional memory up to 128 GB. Meanwhile, Apple iPad Mini has only 16 GB built-in memory and 512 MB of RAM. There is no room for memory expansion in this tablet.

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Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab (front) and Apple's iPad are seen in Seoul, in this May 13, 2013 file picture illustration. A U.S. jury on May 2, 2014, ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to pay $119.6 million to Apple Inc, after it found the South Korean smartphone maker had infringed two Apple patents. During the month-long trial in a San Jose, California, federal court, Apple accused Samsung of violating patents on smartphone features including universal search, while Samsung denied wrongdoing. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Files
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