The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 was a tablet received with a lot of excitement by everyone, because it’s not everyday that you see a Super AMOLED slate made by Samsung. It’s actually been about 3 years since we last saw a slate like this… Anyway, we got one for testing purposes and we unboxed it below.

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We’re dealing with an 8.4 incher here, a test unit not the finalized one, that’s why it’s lacking the manuals and maybe some features, too. The product was announced in June, launched in July and it’s priced at $399. It measures only 6.6 mm in thickness, so it’s very, very slim and it’s also light, at 294 grams. Galaxy Tab S 8.4 adopts the design language of the Galaxy S5 and in some aspects it’s basically a much larger S5.

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It keeps the dotted back, plastic case and the fingerprint scanner in the physical Home button area. It seems to be designed for portrait use and comes with an 8.4 inch Super AMOLED panel, with a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution. There’s 3 GB of RAM on board, 16 GB of storage, a microSD card slot with support for up to 128 GB extra storage and an 8 megapixel back camera with LED flash. There’s a 2.1 MP front shooter and a 3.8 Volt 4900 mAh battery under the hood.

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Finally, the Tab S relies on an Exynos 5 Octa processor for its KitKat running and this CPU integrates a quad core 1.9 GHz part, plus a 1.3 GHz quad core part. We also get a GPS and infrared and the whole thing looks great, thin and elegant. We’ll be back with a full review soon. For those of you wondering, the two holes at the back are Simple Clickers, used to attach special cases.

  • This is the nicest tablet I have owned to date, having previously owned an original iPad and the first iPad Mini. Contrary to some nay-sayers, it doesn’t feel like a cheap device. Everything about it is beautiful. I’m typing this on an Apple iMac so it is not as though I am an Android fanatic. Among other things, I like the fact that I can use a mouse with an external keyboard when I want to type on my Tab S. I won’t buy another iPad as long as Apple refuses to make it possible to use a bluetooth mouse with their tablets.