Samsung has a wide range of devices to cater to every kind of customer. With so much choice, many people get confused. If you are looking to purchase a mid-size tablet having around 8-inches screen then you have two good options – the recently released Tab Pro 8.4 and Tab 3 8.0 which is a June 2013 release. Let’s compare these two similar sized devices and know more about their specifications in detail.
Since both devices have similar sized displays, their external dimensions are very much similar. Tab 3 8.0 has the vertical length equivalent to 8.26 inches while the width of the device is 4.87 inches and its thickness is around 0.29 inches. Tab Pro 8.4 is slightly bigger. It measures 8.62 inches (Height) by 5.06 inches (Width) and its thickness is around 0.28 inches.
Tab 3 8.0 has a 8-inch capacitive TFT display while Pro 8.4 has slightly bigger LCD display measuring 8.4 inches. The display fitted in Pro 8.4 is a Super Clear Liquid Crystal Display. TFT screen fitted in Tab 3 8.0 is a variant of LCD display which is known to have better image quality. Though the display technologies are relatively similar, both devices screen have different resolution and pixel density. Pixel density and resolution play an important role in visual experience. Tab 3 8.0 screen has a relatively lower pixel density equivalent to 189 pixels-per-inch while Pro 8.4 has a pixel density equivalent to 359 pixels-per-inch which is quite good for watching movies. The resolution of Tab Pro 8.4 screen is higher at 1600-by-2560 pixels while Tab 3 8.0 screen resolution is 800-by-1280 pixels.
Under the hood
Majority of Samsung devices have CPU and GPU combination and this holds true for both devices. Tab 3 8.0 is fitted with a Exynos 4212 chip that has a dual core processor running at a clock speed of 1.5 GHz and a Mali 400 graphics card. Tab Pro 8.4 is fitted with Snapdragon 800 chip from Qualcomm that has quad –core processor with clock frequency equivalent to 2.3 GHz and an Adreno 330 graphics chip. It is quite clear the hardware fitted in Tab Pro 8.4 is relatively new and advanced and more capable of handling multitasking with ease. Tab Pro 8.4 also has a RAM equivalent to 2GB while Tab 3 8.0 has 1.5 GB RAM only. Both phones have two variants offering 16 GB and 32 GB internal storage space with an option to extend storage space through a microSD card.
Tab 8 3.0 has a 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front camera. Tab Pro 8.4 has an 8MP camera at the rear side and 2MP front camera. Tab 3 8.0 does not have an LED flash besides primary camera while Tab Pro 8.4 has a LED flash near rear camera. Both devices have auto focus, geo tagging and face detection feature. Tab 3 8.0 has touch focus feature while Tab Pro 8.4 has smile detection feature.
You can purchase a Tab 3 8.0 16GB Wi-Fi model from an online store for $249.99 while the price of Tab Pro 8.4 16GB Wi-Fi model is $369.99.