Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4in review

Samsung unleashes a fantastic all-round Android tablet but it's expensive.

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  • Big screen in portable chassis; Portable; Micro SD support; Secure Android
  • Middling battery life; Expensive

Samsung usually delivers in this area - but it's the one weakness of the Galaxy Tab Pro. The 4,800 mAh battery pack isn't quite big enough to handle the demands of the larger screen.

The battery life of the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4in isn't atrocious, but it's not up to the level you expect from sub-10in tablets.

Samsung quotes 10 hours of web browsing and up to 10 hours of video playback. But in our Iron Man test, where the brightness was set to 75 per cent and Wi-Fi was switched off, we clocked of 8 hours.

The inability to replace the battery compounds the problem - so be mindful of this if you're looking for tablet for heavy duty work. When you're down to the last 5 per cent charge - the device automatically locks the brightness of the screen to try and extend battery life for as long as possible. 

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4in is the vendor's best sub-10in device to date.

The design, display and connectivity options are superb. Samsung has reined in TouchWiz and included key business apps and Secure Android. Performance is good - but you can expect the occasional app to crash.

The biggest letdown is battery life, an area where Samsung is usually strong. The Tab Pro was four hours short of the iPad mini 2 in the same test, so Samsung's attempt to keep the weight down has sacrificed longevity.

The Galaxy Tab Pro isn't cheap either. Pricing starts at 350. This makes it more expensive than the iPad mini 2 (319), and is more than double the price of the Google Nexus 7 (189). Samsung's tablet is better suited for enterprise deployment, but if you're looking for a device for personal use, the Nexus 7 provides the best value.

We've given the device 4/5 stars though because, on balance, it does deliver on what users need. And we're not alone in liking it - there are countless end user reviews on the website that, in the main, sing the Pro 8.4in tablet's praises. One user on Amazon, even described the device as their "first 5-star tablet." High praise indeed. 

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This article was first pubilshed on 17/03/14 and has been updated multiple times (most recently on 11/08/14) to reflect new information that has become available since its original publication. 


The Galaxy Tab Pro is a brilliant all-rounder and is tailored for enterprise usage. But the battery life is disappointing and it's not cheap.

Screen: 8.4in, 2560 x 1600 LCD (341ppi)OS: Android KitKat 4.4.2 + Secure Android KnoxProcessor: 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processorGPU: Adreno 320Memory: 2GB RAMStorage: 16GB/32GB + micro SD up to 64GBConnectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Infra-redOther: Micro-USB, 3.5mm headphone jackCamera: 8-megapixel, 1080p 30fps videoBattery: 4,800mAhSize: 219 x 128.5 x 7.2mmWeight: 331g

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