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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 Initial Review: Beautiful Display, Fast Performance

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Samsung’s newest Tab may just have what it takes to go the distance

A few weeks ago Samsung officially launched the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and the Tab Pro 8.4 to the Philippine market. While their more expensive Note Pro 12.2 had a fairly niche demographic (no matter how hard the company tries to say otherwise) the Tab Pro 8.4 looks to have a broader, mass appeal. We managed to snag a review unit and we’ll be briefly going through our first impressions of it today.

Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 specs

  • 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 8.4-inch Super LCD display, 2560×1600 resolution
  • 16GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 64GB
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with BSI
  • 2-megapixel front facing camera
  • 4,800mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat

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Initial impressions: This is a Pro we can get behind

One of our main complaints with the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (aside from the high price) was just how big it was. The Tab Pro is a lot smaller, coming in a relatively sedate 8.4-inch display size. That makes the aspect ratio for the Tab Pro 8.4 around 16:10, which makes it perfect for watching movies. The display of the Tab Pro 8.4 is bright, and the high 2560 × 1600 resolution makes everything appear nice and sharp.

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Much like the Galaxy Note and the Note Pro 12.2, the Tab Pro 8.4 has a faux leather back, and in our review unit’s case, the leather has a white finish. The overall build quality of the device is what you’d expect from a high-end Samsung product. The Tab Pro 8.4 is also surprisingly light, lighter than what we’d expected from a tablet with its specifications.

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What makes the Tab Pro 8.4, well, a Pro is the suite of software that’s aimed at making you more productive on the go, as well as the same Magazine UX that’s present on the Note Pro 12.2. Multi-window functionality, Remote PC, Web EX and other productivity software is in the Pro 8.4, which makes it a good choice for road warriors on the go.

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Looking at the specs, you’d know right away the Tab Pro 8.4 is no slouch when it comes to performance, and you’d be right. Navigation through the custom TouchWiz UI of the Tab Pro is smooth and problem free, and its AnTuTu score indicates that it has more than enough horsepower to go through games and other apps that you may think of putting the device through without any issues at all. It’ll be interesting to see how the Qualcomm processor holds up to multi-window performance that hobbled the bigger Note Pro 12.2.

And while the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 had an almost comical price of  Php 36,990, the Tab Pro has a very aggressive price of only Php 18,990, though some online stores (like Kimstore) is selling it for only Php 16,880. In our opinion, that’s a really good price, especially considering what you’re getting for your money. Samsung may just have a hit with this one, though we really won’t know for sure until we finish our full review.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

4 Comments

  1. Pocketnow did a review of this
    The software was extremely buggy and laggy. Their multi-window feature doesn’t work well, and it lags on the homescreen (a Snapdragon 800 device lagging on the homescreen is means crappy software).

  2. Purchased this device last Saturday. This device is great! No lags when playing NBA 2k14, Riptide GP2, NFS, Injustice, Real Racing and other HD games. I also watched Pocketnow’s review and turns out they’re wrong, try to watch AndroidAuthority’s review, I think their review is more accurate. Yes there’s is slowness at times but I only experienced this when swiping through the pages of the app drawer. I am now using Nova Launcher and it fixed the issue, maybe the slowness is caused by Samsung’s Touchwiz UI in a 2560×1600 resolution.

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