Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4

8.4/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
8.4"

The Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4's screen is 8.4 inches with 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.9 GHz

There is a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa core 1.9 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4800mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4800 mAh battery.



Another brilliant Android tablet from Samsung; a little pricey, though, and the magazine interface needs work.

- Jonathan Bray , PC Pro 

Reviews summary

8.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 11 reviews

What's good

  • Crisp display due to high pixel density
  • Excellent brightness and color balance
  • 10 hour+ battery life

What's bad

  • Small screen not ideal for Multi-Window feature
  • Performance issues when flicking through homescreens

The Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is the smallest of the TabPRO tablets measuring in at 8.4 inches and weighing a light 331 grams for the WiFi only version.

Like the other tablets in this family, the TabPRO 8.4's display offers a resolution of 2560 x 1600. Due to its smaller screen it actually provides a pixel density of 359ppi, which is higher than both of the larger TabPRO models and even exceeds the pixel count of the iPad mini with Retina Display. Experts agree that the increased pixel density makes the display incredibly crisp including V3 who says that the display also offers decent viewing angles and excellent brightness and color balance.

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The TabPRO 8.4 includes 2GB of RAM, 2.3GHz quad-core processor for both the WiFi and LTE model and up to 32GB of internal storage expanded to 64GB thanks to a microSD slot. Due to its smaller size, the tablet does come with a smaller 4,800mAh battery; however Samsung touts the battery life as "above average" lasting more than 10 hours. There’s a rear-facing 8MP camera with auto-focus features and a 2MP forward-facing camera for video conferencing.

The TabPRO 8.4 offers the new Magazine UI, a user interface which allows users to fully customize their homescreen with live tiles. It also offers Multi-Window. Unfortunately, most reviewers found this feature not as useful on the smaller screen. In addition, PCPro found that the performance suffered due to the amount of data flowing into the live tiles noting a significant amount of "judder" when flicking between homescreens and some unresponsive tiles. Despite a couple performance issues however, critics were overall impressed by the device's speed.

For the most part, reviewer impressions of the TabPRO 8.4 were generally positive. Infinitely More states that "all in all, it is a decent and powerful device."


Reviews (8.4/10 Avg. rating)


Digital Versus

Small-format pro model

from Digital Versus

Smaller than the Tab Pro 10.1 and cheaper than the Tab S 8.4, the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 occupies a very small niche. But then it's typical of Samsung to offer a product for every possible occasion. Fans of this small format will be won over by the Tab Pro 8.4's excellent screen and faultless responsiveness.

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Smaller than the Tab Pro 10.1 and cheaper than the Tab S 8.4, the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 occupies a very small niche. But then it's typical of Samsung to offer a product for every possible occasion. Fans of this small format will be won over by the Tab Pro 8.4's excellent screen and faultless responsiveness.

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Reviewed

Super screen, battery bummer

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The Galaxy Tab Pro has a great form factor—even if the plastic feels a little cheap—and it's a useful middle-ground between 7- and 10-inch tablets. It may not be the best option for the power user in your life, but it'll work famously as a small tablet for just about anyone—so long as they don't need something for those long flights, that is...

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The Galaxy Tab Pro has a great form factor—even if the plastic feels a little cheap—and it's a useful middle-ground between 7- and 10-inch tablets. It may not be the best option for the power user in your life, but it'll work famously as a small tablet for just about anyone—so long as they don't need something for those long flights, that is.

Aside from the battery issues, the Galaxy Tab Pro is a decent device—its display is pretty good, it's very light, and has full access to Google's Play Store. However, costing $399.99 in its base configuration, it's not terribly cheap. When you compare it to the $399 iPad Mini with Retina Display, it simply feels less polished. Unless you're stuck on using Android vs iOS, the iPad just looks like a better value. 

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Notebookcheck

Features the latest hardware, and barely leaves room for criticism

from Notebookcheck

Samsung has been following the strategy of launching many different models on the market to satisfy every customer for some time. This time, it was Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 inch model that underwent our extensive tests. The Wi-Fi version enters the ring with a Snapdragon 800, and seriously threatens the iPad Mini Retina. The extreme resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels alongside the screen's very high brightness make the model to the immediate contender of Apple's 7.9 inch tablet...

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Samsung has been following the strategy of launching many different models on the market to satisfy every customer for some time. This time, it was Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 inch model that underwent our extensive tests. The Wi-Fi version enters the ring with a Snapdragon 800, and seriously threatens the iPad Mini Retina. The extreme resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels alongside the screen's very high brightness make the model to the immediate contender of Apple's 7.9 inch tablet.

The smaller version of the previously reviewed Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 gives a good show. The performance is impressive because it has enough power to easily deal with all applications from the Android World. In terms of screen quality, the Tab Pro 8.4 reaps in a very good ranking. It is marginally brighter than the iPad Mini Retina, has a higher resolution and a very homogeneous illumination. A plus point is also awarded for the moderate temperature development because we never ascertained an uncomfortable temperature.

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ITProPortal

Thin-and-light design, and fast performance

from ITProPortal

With its all-screen, thin-and-light design, and fast performance levels, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is easily one of the finest small-screen Android tablets around. The big problem is that it's priced to compete with the iPad mini with Retina, commanding almost 70 per cent more than what Google asks for the Nexus 7....

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With its all-screen, thin-and-light design, and fast performance levels, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is easily one of the finest small-screen Android tablets around. The big problem is that it's priced to compete with the iPad mini with Retina, commanding almost 70 per cent more than what Google asks for the Nexus 7.

Plastic construction notwithstanding, Samsung largely succeeds in producing a premium Android tablet, but I'm not sure I can justify that price gulf. Tablets like the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX come close enough to matching the Tab Pro for a lot less money, while the iPad mini still wins out thanks to its refined design and stellar tablet app ecosystem.

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TechRadar

One of the finest tablets the company has ever produced

from TechRadar

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 won't be the one grabbing the headlines in the new Tab Pro range, I suspect, but it's arguably the best of the lot.

Condensed down to this size, the WQXGA display renders everything in super-sharp detail, while the creakiness of the larger tablets is all but gone with the 8.4's compact shell...

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 won't be the one grabbing the headlines in the new Tab Pro range, I suspect, but it's arguably the best of the lot.

Condensed down to this size, the WQXGA display renders everything in super-sharp detail, while the creakiness of the larger tablets is all but gone with the 8.4's compact shell.

This may well be the best compact tablet Samsung has ever made, but at a price that exceeds the peerless iPad mini 2, that's not quite enough to rule the roost. 

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PC Pro

Another brilliant Android tablet from Samsung

from PC Pro

This takes the gloss off what is otherwise a fantastic compact tablet: it doesn't completely ruin its appeal, however, since everything else about the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is superb. It's slim, light, well built, and the hardware inside is fast. The screen is fantastic, and it's stuffed with worthwhile features and technologies.

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This takes the gloss off what is otherwise a fantastic compact tablet: it doesn't completely ruin its appeal, however, since everything else about the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is superb. It's slim, light, well built, and the hardware inside is fast. The screen is fantastic, and it's stuffed with worthwhile features and technologies.

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Pocketnow

A killer tablet for multimedia and productivity

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In all, the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is an impressive little tablet. The power and beautiful display it packs into such a compact package are praiseworthy, even if we would prefer to see Samsung up its game in terms of materials used or the cohesiveness of the software.

If you can deal with a...More

In all, the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 is an impressive little tablet. The power and beautiful display it packs into such a compact package are praiseworthy, even if we would prefer to see Samsung up its game in terms of materials used or the cohesiveness of the software.

If you can deal with a small instance of lag each time you return to the home screen from within an application (we suggest trying a third-party launcher like Action Launcher or Nova Launcher), the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 will be a fantastic choice. It’s priced appropriately – the same base price as the iPad mini with Retina display, for which it is a direct and stiff competitor. All things considered, we give the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 an 8.5 out of 10.

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Android Authority

May quite easily be the best mid-sized, but not mid-range

from Android Authority

Priced at $399, you are definitely paying for a premium tablet, but it does live up to its price tag. The Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 provides all of the power the PRO name suggests, while keeping it all in a manageable size. While the tablet will let you get a lot of work done, it’s an absol...More

Priced at $399, you are definitely paying for a premium tablet, but it does live up to its price tag. The Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 provides all of the power the PRO name suggests, while keeping it all in a manageable size. While the tablet will let you get a lot of work done, it’s an absolute blast to use for fun and games, making this the all purpose device for tablet lovers. The size makes it a shoo-in for e-book reading while the nimble weight and size make it about as portable as it can get. Yes, you have to pay quite a bit for it, but if you need to do everything short of make calls on it, the price may well be worth it for you.

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Cnet

Premium small tablet for premium price

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 makes a good case for spending more to get more. Its top-of-the-line specs and zippy performance come in a package that will appease the aesthetically inclined and the business professional alike. Its $400 starting price is an expensive far cry from what you'd pay f...More

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 makes a good case for spending more to get more. Its top-of-the-line specs and zippy performance come in a package that will appease the aesthetically inclined and the business professional alike. Its $400 starting price is an expensive far cry from what you'd pay for some small slates, like the Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, but, in the face of this budget-tablet flood, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 offers more than those models -- a lot more. The Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display costs the same amount, but if you're more interested in a high-end slate with Android appeal, the Samsung Galaxy Pro Tab 8.4 ranks high in the niche of premium small tablets.

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PhoneArena

Gorgeous, high-res display and plenty of raw processing power

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With a starting price of $400 (in the US), the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 is among the most expensive tablets of this caliber. It costs as much as a 2-gen iPad mini and $100 more than an LG G Pad 8.3, for that matter. But is this rather steep price tag justified? You betcha...

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With a starting price of $400 (in the US), the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 is among the most expensive tablets of this caliber. It costs as much as a 2-gen iPad mini and $100 more than an LG G Pad 8.3, for that matter. But is this rather steep price tag justified? You betcha!

Samsung's smallest PRO tablet offers more bang for the buck than any other slate of around this size. It is slim, light, and highly portable, but also very powerful and rich in features. And when we throw its gorgeous, high-res display and capable camera into account, we end up with a slate we'd totally recommend to anyone who doesn't mind its cost.

Design-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 leaves room for improvement. It isn't a badly-made tablet by any means, but we are still wondering when we might finally see a Samsung slate made of something more premium than plastic. To those who like the looks and feel of fancier build materials, we'd recommend giving the equally-priced iPad mini with Retina Display a try.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date February 4, 2014
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Secondary OS No
Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa core 1.9 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.04 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time 12 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 10 hours
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 21.9 x 12.8 x 0.7 cm (8.6 x 5 x 0.3 in)
Weight 331 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology S-LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 2560 x 1600 pixels
Pixel density 359 pixels
Size 8.4 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Sound & Shot, HDR, Metering, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps Samsung Apps / Kies, Samsung TouchWiz / Magazine UX, Samsung KNOX, Samsung e-Meeting, Side Sync 3.0
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 8.4-inch

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LTE/3G Model
Weight: 336 grams
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