Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5-Inch) vs. LG G Pad (10.1-Inch) – Specifications, Features and Price Showdown

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | July 24, 2014 11:48 AM EST

Samsung launched two variants of Galaxy Tab S tablet in June, while the LG G Pad 10.1 tablet has recently been released in the U.S. Notably, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets feature 8.4-inches and 10.5-inches display. Both the tablets bundle amazing features and killer under the hood specifications. Readers who are interested in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5-inches) or the latest LG G Pad (10.1-inches) model should check out this specification, feature and price comparison.

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Samsung flags are set up at the main entrance to the Berlin fair ground before the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin in this August 28, 2012 file photo. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is emerging as a major player in its local debt market, buying more South Korean-issued bonds as it juggles a $60 billion cash pile. Samsung's push into private bank debt and government bonds underscores the challenges faced by the electronics giant in managing its massive cash holdings, with local banks reluctant to overload on short-term deposits from Samsung.

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Display, Exterior and Size

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S features a 10.5-inches Super AMOLED display with a whopping 2,560 x 1,600 pixels screen resolution. The LG G Pad, on the other hand, comes with a relatively lesser 10.1-inches IPS LCD display bundled with an inferior 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution. Also, the pixel strength of Galaxy Tab S stands at 288 ppi, while the LG G Pad comes with 149 ppi of pixel density.

With Galaxy Tab S, Samsung has brought the Super AMOLED display technology to tablets. The WQXGA (2,560 x 1,600) Super AMOLED display has the capability to present more than 90% of Adobe RGB colour coverage. The contrast ratio of Galaxy Tab S stands at a striking 100,000:1 ratio, while the LG G Pad's contrast ratio stands at roughly 1,000:1. Therefore, the viewing experience stands-out in the latest Galaxy series of tablets. Furthermore, the exterior of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is similar to the flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone with a perforated textured rear. The LG G Pad, on the other hand, was released on July 22 in the U.S. and it is available only via Best Buy right now. Hence the information pertaining to the in-depth display and the exterior is not available at this point.

The Galaxy Tab S comes with a thickness and weight of 0.26 inches and 467 g respectively. Whereas the LG G Pad is 0.35 inches thick and weighs 523 g. Hence the Galaxy Tab S is thinner and lighter than the LG G Pad.

Hardware, Software and Memory

The Wi-Fi only version of Samsung Galaxy Tab S is powered by an octa-core (Exynos 5) Cortex-A7 processor clocked at (a combination of 1.9 GHz quad-core and 1.3 GHz quad-core), and it houses a solid 3 GB of RAM. In addition, the LTE version of Galaxy Tab S is powered by a quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800) Krait 400 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz. The LG G Pad, on the other hand, is powered by a relatively inferior quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 400) ARM Cortex-A7 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and it comes with only 1 GB of RAM.

Furthermore, both the tablets run on Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS. The Samsung tablet comes with 16 GB and 32 GB of internal storage, while the LG G Pad houses only 16 GB of internal storage capacity. In addition, the Galaxy Tab S supports microSD card for expansion up to 128 GB, while the LG G Pad also comes equipped with expandable storage. However, the storage limit is unknown at this point.

Camera and Battery

The LG G Pad houses a 5 MP rear-facing camera unit without flash and a 1.3 MP front-facing shooter. Whereas the Galaxy Tab S comes with a relatively better 8 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 2.1 MP front-facing shooter.

The Galaxy Tab S houses a solid 7900 mAh battery unit with Ultra Power Saving mode. The LG G Pad, meanwhile, comes with even-better 8000 mAh battery unit. Also, both the phones house non-removable battery units.

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Misc                                       

1.       The Galaxy Tab S comes in LTE and non-LTE (or Wi-Fi only) variants, while the LG G Pad comes with only a non-LTE model at this point.

2.       Also, the Galaxy Tab S houses fingerprint scanner, while the LG G Pad doesn't.

3.       The LG G Pad comes in black and white, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Tab S comes in titanium bronze and dazzling white shades.

4.       Also, the salient features of LG G Pad include Knock Code, Q Pair 2.0, Dual Window support and Quick Remote feature.

Price

The latest LG G Pad 10.1-inches (16 GB, Wi-Fi only) model is priced at US$249.95 in Best Buy, which roughly translates to AU$264, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inches (16 GB, Wi-Fi only) variant is priced at AU$589.85 in Mobicity and US$497.99 in Amazon.

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Samsung flags are set up at the main entrance to the Berlin fair ground before the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin in this August 28, 2012 file photo. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is emerging as a major player in its local debt market, buying more South Korean-issued bonds as it juggles a $60 billion cash pile. Samsung's push into private bank debt and government bonds underscores the challenges faced by the electronics giant in managing its massive cash holdings, with local banks reluctant to overload on short-term deposits from Samsung.
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