Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 WiFi (SM-T700)
I have been hunting around the market for a suitable tablet to replace my ageing ASUS Transformer TF201. Initially, I was quite drawn to the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro. But after see news leakage on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, I decided to hold my purchase and wait for its release. There is a steep discount going on for the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro now. On paper, it seemed that this tablet would the one that I have been waiting for. Finally, when the Samsung Galaxy Tab S was released in Singapore on 12 July 2014, I decided to drop by the stores to check out ASAP since I just arrived back from my enjoyable Adelaide trip with Annabelle & Ashley. Stay tuned for that post soon!
My first impression.. woah! I was totally blown off by the colours produced by the Super AMOLED screen. Next, I was scanning at the thickness of this tablet versus the ones displayed beside in the showroom. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S was indeed slimmer even when comparing to the already very slim iPad Mini. It was a mere 6.6mm thick! I was pretty much torn between selecting the Samsung Galaxy Tab S and the iPad Mini Retina before looking at the actual product. Now, the decision is simple. I have decided to go for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S!
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is available in both 8.4″ and 10.5″. The 8.4″ comes in a portrait design while the 10.5″ is in a landscape design. Each of the sizes comes in 2 variant, WiFi and LTE. Colour wise, they are available in White and Bronze. For me, I chose the 8.4″ WiFi version since I have a MiFi to accompany along, and that I find 10.6″ a little too big for my liking since my previous ASUS tablet was a 10 incher.
Next, it is the un-boxing stage. I would say that the packaging is really simple without much fanfare. Environment friendly!
Content wise, there is not much surprise. The tablet is kept in a “cloth” sleeve. The standard accessories such as charger, micro-USB cable and earphones are included. As an early adopter of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, Samsung Singapore is giving away a Samsung Book Cover (worth $78) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S Entertainment Pack. The entertainment pack includes 3 free issues of SPH Magazines and two months of unlimited viewing on Toggle Prime at $1.
Lastly, let’s take a look at the physical tablet. The top comes with a home button, and 2 soft keys for options and back. Earphone and micro-USB jacks are at the bottom. There is no button on the left while the right consists of the power button, volume control buttons and the micro-SD slot.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is currently the top of the range tablets from Samsung. The specifications for the 8.4″ WIFI version is as followed:
- Chipset: Exynos 5 Octa 5420
- CPU: Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 + quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
- GPU: Mali-T628 MP6
- RAM: 3GB
- Int. Storage: 16GB
- Ext. Storage: Supports microSD, up to 128 GB
- Display: Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen (2560 x 1600 WQXGA)
- Camera: 8M Auto-Focus with Flash LED (Back), 2.1M (Front)
- WIFI: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MIMO
- Bluetooh: v4.0, A2DP, LE
- GPS: GLONASS, Beidou
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
- OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
- Battery: 4900mAh, non-removable (Supports Up to 80hr music playback)
- Weight: 294 g
Enjoying the super bright and sharp screen every moment that I am using! Let me try out the tablet for a while before I follow up with the rooting guide!