Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4 Inches) vs. Nexus 7 (2013 Model) - Specifications, Features and Price Comparison

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Samsung launched 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 feature 8.4 inches and 10.5 inches display. Both the variants pack killer features and impressive hardware specifications that can give all other high-end tablets a run for their money. Here is a specification, feature and price comparison between the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4 inches) and the Nexus 7 (2013 Model).

Display, Size and Exterior

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S features an 8.4 inches Super AMOLED display with a superior 2,560 x 1,600 pixel screen resolution. The Nexus 7, on the other hand, comes with a 7 inches IPS LCD display with a relatively lesser 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution. In addition, the pixel strength of Galaxy Tab S stands at 359 ppi, while the Nexus 7 comes with 323 ppi of pixel density. With the impressive pixel strength, both the tablets present sharper and vivid images and videos. Nevertheless, the Tab S stands-out because of its killer screen resolution.

The Galaxy Tab S comes with a thickness and weight of 6.6 mm and 298 g respectively. Whereas the Nexus 7 comes with a thickness of 8.65 mm but it weighs the same as the Tab S. Hence the Galaxy Tab S is much thinner than the Nexus 7.

The exterior of the Galaxy Tab S is similar to the flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone with a perforated textured rear. The Nexus 7, on the other hand, comes with matte plastic back and the front panel features a black strip of glass around the display.

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 a solid 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 Nexus 7, on the other hand, is powered by a relatively inferior quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro) Krait processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and it comes with 2 GB of RAM.

The Galaxy Tab S runs on the latest Android v4.4 KitKat OS, while the Nexus 7 runs on Android v4.3 Jelly Bean. However, the Nexus 7 is upgradable to the latest Android version.


Both the tablets come with 16 GB and 32 GB of internal storage capacity. In addition, the Galaxy Tab S supports microSD card for expansion up to 128 GB, while the Nexus 7 doesn't.


The Nexus 7 houses a 5 MP rear-facing camera without flash and a 1.2 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.


The Galaxy Tab S houses a whopping 4900 mAh battery unit with Ultra Power Saving mode. The Nexus 7 comes with a relatively inferior 3950 mAh battery unit. In addition, the Nexus 7 has a built-in wireless charging capability.


The Nexus 7 comes in black colour, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Tab S will come in titanium bronze and dazzling white shades.


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.

Price and Release Date

The Nexus 7 32 GB (LTE variant) is priced at AU$429.95, 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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