• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Processor: Exynos 5 Octa 5420 (1.9GHz A15 Quad-Core + 1.3GHz A7 Quad-Core)
  • Frequency: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, HSPA 850/900/1900/2100MHz, LTE 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
  • Screen: 8.4-inch (2,560 x 1,600) Super AMOLED
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n (2.4 & 5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 16GB, microSD (up to 128GB)
  • Others: 8-megapixel rear camera, 2.1-megapixel front camera
  • Dimensions: 212.8 x 125.6 x 6.6mm
  • Weight: 298g
  • Pros:
  • Stunning display
  • Good battery life
  • Superbly thin and light
  • Powerful performance
  • Cons:
  • Occasional UI lag
  • Same old design
  • Still a little plasticky
  • Price
  • Benchmark Results
  • AnTuTu: 33,707 points
  • 3DMark Ice Storm (Unlimited): 13,785 points
  • 3DMark Ice Storm (Extreme): 9,058 points

A Tablet To Get Addicted To

When Samsung sets out to conquer a certain division, they go all out. For years now, their GALAXY S and Note smartphones have been the best-selling devices worldwide. It was only until the recent surge of competition from Chinese manufacturers did they slip a little. However, while they are working on the next big thing for smartphones, Samsung recently launched the impressive GALAXY Tab S, that is set on becoming the tablet that every consumer wants and with what it has to offer, it might just happen.

On the side of the device lies the flaps that protect the microSD slot and SIM card slot

On the side of the device lies the flaps that protect the microSD slot and SIM card slot

There’s no mistaking who made this tablets as the Tab S bears aesthetics that should now be easily identifiable to most consumers. While it does come with a faux metal border, the tablet is still made entirely out of plastic but still manages to feel solid at the same time. However, for a tablet, the device is superbly lightweight and slim and even when used with one hand, we didn’t feel any discomfort with the 8.4-inch variant whatsoever. Plus the rubberised textured back also adds a much needed grip to the device.

One of the selling points of the Tab S is its display and we have to say it really doesn’t disappoint as it is brilliant. It is bright, vibrant and crisp which makes watching videos, browsing photos, gaming and a real treat as every little detail just pops at you. As for those who like working on their tablet, text was also very crisp.

Speakers are placed on the top and bottom of the device, they are loud and clear but would've definitely been better if they were front-facing

Speakers are placed on the top and bottom of the device, they are loud and clear but would’ve definitely been better if they were front-facing

As this is Samsung’s flagship tablet, it comes with some very powerful internals and it breezed through the benchmarks we threw at it. Graphically intense games such as Asphalt 8: Airborne and Dead Trigger 2 was no challenge for the Tab S as we had a super smooth experience with no lag whatsoever. Sad to say however, is that when in the menus, we did encounter a little lag once in a while but we’re sure an update would iron things out.

The 8MP rear camera is fast to focus and is good at colour reproduction and details

The 8MP rear camera is fast to focus and is good at colour reproduction and details

The 8.4-inch version of the Tab S comes with a 4,900mAh battery and it lasted us a full day with heavy usage which includes streaming videos on YouTube, gaming for a few hours, chatting on Skype and browsing the net. On days that weren’t so hectic, the device can last two to three days before requiring a charge.

CHIP CONCLUDE: As we mentioned in our introduction, when Samsung sets out to outdo the competition, they do really go for that extra mile and the GALAXY Tab S is proof of it. It may be a little heavy on the wallet but for what it brings to the table, it’s really hard to complain as it is worth every cent.

(previously published in issue September 2014)

Samsung GALAXY Tab S