Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs Nexus 8 (8.9) – Top Specs and Price Comparison

The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is one of the two Tab S variants that were launched in June, in New York. The other variant comes with a 10.5inches display, but in this article we’re discussing about the smaller variant, which we’ll compare to Google’s Nexus 8 – also known as Nexus 9. So, let’s see which tablet has more advantages.

Displays, Designs and Sizes

The Galaxy Tab S’s screen is WQXGA Super AMOLED and it measures 8.4inches, being capable of supporting an incredible resolution of 2,560×1,600pixels and 359ppi. The Nexus 8’s display is a little bit bigger – 8.9inches, and it supports a resolution of 2,048×1,440pixels and 241ppi.

The Galaxy Tab S’s exterior is very similar to the Galaxy S5 smartphone, having a perforated textured rear. Its display is capable of presenting over 90% of the Adobe RGB color coverage and the contrast ratio stands at 100,000:1. You wouldn’t be disappointed of this device!

While the Nexus 7 came with a rubberized plastic rear, the Nexus 8 is made of aluminum and it has a thickness of 0.31inches, and it weights 418grams, while the Galaxy Tab S’s thickness is of 0.26inches, weighting 298grams.

Hardware and OS

The Galaxy Tab S comes in a non-LTE version with a octa-core (Exynos 5) processor, which is clocked at 1.9GHz quad-core and 1.3GHz quad-core + 3GB of RAM; and a LTE variant with a quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800) processor, which is clocked at 2.3GHz. The Nexus 8 is powered by an NVIDIA Logan 64-bit processor (Tegra K1) and has 2GB of RAM. As for the internal memories, both of these tablets have 16, respectively 32GB, and Samsung’s tablet supports microSD card for expansion -> 128GB. It is expected that Nexus 8 will follow Tab S’s example.

In terms of OS, the Galaxy Tab S comes loaded with Android v4.4 KitKat and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The Nexus 8 will come loaded with Android 5.0 OS.

Cameras and Batteries

The Nexus 8 sports an 8MP primary camera + a 3MP front camera. The Galaxy Tab S has also an 8MP rear camera, but with LED flash, while the secondary camera is 2.1MP. We don’t know yet if the Nexus 8 will come with LED flash.

Both of the tablets have non-removable batteries, but of different capacities: the Galaxy Tab S’s battery is slightly better – 4900mAh, having Ultra Power Saving mode, while the Nexus 8’s battery has the capacity of 3950mAh.

Other Specs

– Both of these the tablets come in LTE, non-LTE or Wi-Fi only versions.
– Only the Galaxy Tab S has a fingerprint scanner.
– The Galaxy Tab S is available in dazzling white and titanium bronze shades.
– Only the Nexus 8 supports NFC.


The Galaxy Tab S 16GB non-LTE variant costs 399 dollars on The Nexus 8 will hit the stores this summer and the 16GB variant will cost 399 dollars, while the 32GB variant will be 100 dollars more expensive.

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