Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 8.0: Performance

July 17, 2014 by Dragan Petric Reads (354,939)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Design
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 5
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 6.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

The 1.2GHz quad-core Marvell PXA1088 processor, although low end, is a good choice for tablets with this screen resolution and Android 4.4.2. It offers entirely satisfactory performance for the typical tasks this tablet was intended for. Everything runs fluidly and without glitches on both the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 and 8.0.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0

While the Marvell PXA1088 is not a chipset that’s normally included in top models, this is evident only when certain tasks are initiated. For instance, some games take longer to run, heavier websites take a second more to render etc. In addition, both devices heat up more than the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 4, which is slightly more emphasized on the 7-inch model, due to lack of space, than on the 8-inch version.

As far as synthetic benchmarks go, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 and 8.0 offer somewhat poorer marks than the 10.1-inch model does. The 7-inch model scored an average 8466 on Quadrant benchmark, while the 8-inch model scored 8480, which belongs in the mid-range of mobile devices and is approximately on the same level as top models were a year and a half ago.


Google Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung TouchWiz UIAlthough Samsung’s TouchWiz UI has been layered on top of Android’s user interface, it’s never been less intrusive or offered fewer modifications than in the Galaxy Tab 4 models.


Samsung has also applied the elementary approach with the 3MP rear-facing camera, as well as the 1.3MP front camera on the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 and 8.0. Photographs turn out well only if they’re taken in good lighting conditions, while plenty of noise, granularity and a low level of details can be noticed when images are taken indoors – even in daylight. The exposure is good, but the colors are not realistically displayed – they incline to colder tones.

Battery Life

The 4450 mAh battery of the 8-inch Galaxy Tab 4 and the 4000 mAh battery of the 7-inch version offer quite a lengthy time frame for the users to enjoy their tablet without the need to recharge. With average tablet usage of approximately two hours per day, the battery will last five days.

Price and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 are available, as of this writing, from Samsung starting at $179.99 for the Tab 4 7.0 and $269.99 for the Tab 8.0, as well as Amazon starting at $177.99 for the Tab 4 7.0 and  $199.99 for the Tab 4 8.0.

Don’t stop now — Page 3 has our last thoughts on these models.



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  1. ScottV.

    Who is buying these and why? Someone has to be or else they wouldn’t make them. Is it just people that don’t any better or do it because it has the Samsung name on it? Is Samsung like Apple in other parts of the world or something?

  2. Sanster516

    My husband just bought this thing for me for Christmas. I am not impressed at all! At first glance it seemed o.k., but after playing around with it, I want him to take this garbage back. The camera and speakers are horrible, it’s not compatible to things that I like to do on my LG android, which by the way takes beautiful pictures, videos, and allows me to download an LED flashlight that lights up my 15’x18′ bedroom with no problem. I haven’t dug any deeper because the simple things are of good quality. This was not a good buy.

  3. GaryRT

    Avoid this tablet at all costs. I got this tablet free with a Sky installation 7″ Galaxy Tab 4 (model SM-T230), and it is the worst performing Android device I have ever owned (since they 1st came out)!
    I installed a couple of simple games from Google Play’s Store and Amazon’s App Store on this and they all lag so badly they freeze whilst playing. I cannot state how much I would avoid this product and I am giving this to someone to use as a planner and for email as it’s no good for anything else. Luckily I have a Sony Xperia Z3 phone and iPad Mini 2 which are incredibly superior to this tablet.