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!

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

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.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.6     Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

Next, it is the un-boxing stage. I would say that the packaging is really simple without much fanfare. Environment friendly!

Box Top     Box Back     Box Side

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.

2014-07-21 23.19.40     Accessories     Galaxy Tab S Case Redemption

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.

Top     Back     Side

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
  • GPUMali-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!

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