It has been a week since I got the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (SM-T705) from Samsung Malaysia. I have a lot to say about this phablet and to start with, I am going to share some unboxing photos of this device.
The box is the usual brown coloured box which is made of recycled material and as indicated on the box, the device comes with an internal storage capacity of 16GB. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has 3GB RAM and is running on Exynos 5 which is an Octa-core processor. There are 2 Quad-core processors which are clocked at 1.9Ghz and 1.3Ghz respectively. To know more about the spec and availability, please refer to our coverage article during the launch of this device.
As usual, there are 2 blue seals at the box. When you purchase your device, please make sure that the box is sealed as how you see in the photo above. To be safe, it is always recommended to get your device from Samsung official retail outlets.
The accessories inside the box are all standard accessories such as the compact charger, USB cable and a quick start guide. I was also surprised that Samsung gave an earphone for this device. There are also a few extra ear buds in case the earplug attached to the earphone is not suitable for your ear.
Now, let’s take a look at the device itself. The device is so thin (6.6 mm) and light weight (298 g) that you don’t feel the burden of holding it. I’ve got the Dazzling White version and it looks very nice and classy. I like the material at the back. It is not the cheap and glossy type but a nice dotted design material as you see in the photo below. There are two magnetic circles at the back which is used to attach the original Samsung flip cover made for this device. You can purchase the flip cover separately for RM199.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has an earpiece and that simply means that you can insert your sim card and start making / answering calls using this device as how you do on your phone. The front camera is 2.1 Megapixel and there is also an 8 Megapixel camera at the back together with LED flash.
On the left side of this device, you will find the power button, volume rocker key, infrared sensor, Micro SD card slot and a SIM card slot (Micro SIM). The right side is empty. By the way, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S supports LTE. So if you are planning to use a data plan for this device, you probably want to consider getting a LTE enabled SIM.
At the top left, there is a speaker and you will also notice that there is a small hole at the top right. That is the microphone. If you look at the bottom of the device, you will find another speaker on the left, followed by a 3.5mm headphone jack, Micro USB port and another microphone.
As this is just an unboxing session, I have nothing much to say yet. So far I really enjoy using this device. Whenever I use it in a restaurant, I notice people looking at it. I am not surprised because you will actually fall in love with the design. It is just so elegant. As for the usage, I am also very much happy with it because there is no issue so far. It is fast and responsive. The volume is loud and the adaptive display feature adjusts your screen accordingly that you will not feel any annoying oversaturation. The battery life was somehow not up to my expectation. Well, it is not bad but when I first used it, the battery drained so quickly. Probably it was caused by some buggy apps which were running in the background and since I got rid of those, battery seems to last much longer than before.
I am happy that I got a chance to review this device. While waiting for the review, please share with us your opinion about this device.