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.
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.
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.
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.
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