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1 - A table allowing easy comparison of the technical specifications of every Samsung tablet ever released.
2 - Charts showing visual representations of Samsung tablets compared by weight, battery life, and overall product rating.
3 - A brief history of the Samsung tablet range.
4 - A timeline of major new Samsung tablet computer releases.
5 - What is Samsung's market share?
6 - How much is a Samsung tablet?
7 - Useful Links.

Samsung Tablets Comparison

 Tablet   Rating   Launch   OS   Display   inch   Resolution   ppi   CPU   GHz   RAM   Storage   Batt   lbs   kg   Cam 
Samsung Galaxy Book4.72017-07Windows 10AMOLED12.02160 x 1440216i53.18.0025611.01.660.7513.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.14.52016-06Android 6.0IPS10.11920 x 1200224Exynos 78701.62.001615.01.160.528.0
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S4.62016-03Win 10Super AMOLED12.02160 x 1440216Intel M3-6Y302.24.00128,25610.51.530.695.0
Samsung Galaxy View 18.44.62015-10Android 5.1.1TFT LCD18.41920 x 1080120Exynos 75801.62.00328.05.842.658.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.74.02015-09Android 5.0AM-OLED9.71536 x 2048264Exynos 71.903.0032,647.50.860.398.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.04.02015-09Android 5.0AM-OLED8.01536 x 2048320Exynos 71.903.0032,647.50.580.268.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.74.52015-03Android 5.0TFT9.71024 x 768132Snapdragon 4101.202.001612.00.990.455.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.04.62015-03Android 5.0TFT8.01024 x 768160Snapdragon 4101.201.501612.00.690.315.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.44.42014-07Android 4.4AM-OLED8.42560 x 1600359Exynos 51.902.0016,3212.50.650.298.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.54.62014-07Android 4.4AM-OLED10.52560 x 1600287Exynos 51.903.0016,3212.51.020.468.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.14.52014-04Android 4.4WXGA TFT10.11280 x 800149Snapdragon S51.201.50169.01.120.513.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.04.52014-04Android 4.4WXGA TFT7.01280 x 800216Quad Core1.201.50810.00.660.303.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.04.72014-04Android 4.4WXGA TFT8.01280 x 800189Snapdragon 4001.201.50169.00.700.323.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 Lite4.42014-02Android 4.2TFT7.01024 x 600169Marvell PXA9861.201.0088.00.680.312.0
Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.44.22014-02Android 4.4TFT LCD8.42560 x 1600359Snapdragon 8002.302.0016,327.00.730.338.0
Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.14.32014-02Android 4.4TFT LCD10.12560 x 1600299Exynos 54201.902.0016,3210.51.030.478.0
Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.24.42014-02Android 4.4TFT LCD12.22560 x 1600247Exynos 54201.903.0032,6410.01.660.758.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids4.02013-10Android 4.1TFT7.01024 x 600170Marvell1.201.0080.00.660.303.0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 II4.22013-10Android 4.3TFT LCD10.12560 x 1600299Exynos 54201.903.0016,32,647.51.190.548.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 8.04.52013-06Android 4.2TFT8.01280 x 800189Exynos 41.501.50167.00.660.305.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 10.14.32013-06Android 4.2TFT10.11280 x 800149Intel Atom1.601.0016,327.01.120.513.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 7.04.12013-05Android 4.1TFT7.01024 x 600169Marvell PXA9861.201.008,160.00.660.303.0
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.04.52013-04Android 4.1TFT LCD8.01280 x 800189Exynos 41.702.0016,327.00.730.335.0
Samsung Ativ Tab2.92012-12Win8 RTLCD10.11366 x 768155Snapdragon S41.502.0032,6412.51.200.550.0
Google/Samsung Nexus 103.92012-11Android 4.2PLS LCD10.12560 x 1600299Exynos 51.702.0016,327.51.330.600.0
Samsung Ativ Smart PC3.52012-10Win 8.0PLS11.61366 x 768135Intel Atom1.502.00647.01.650.750.0
Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro3.62012-10Win 8.0PLS11.61920 x 1080190Intel Core i51.704.00128,2560.01.950.880.0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.14.52012-08Android 4.0TFT LCD10.11280 x 800149Exynos 41.402.0016,328.01.310.590.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.14.42012-05Android 4.0PLS TFT10.11280 x 800149TI OMAP 44301.001.0016,329.01.280.580.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.04.32012-04Android 4.0PLS TFT7.01024 x 600169TI OMAP 44301.001.008,16,327.50.770.350.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.74.22011-12Android 3.2AMOLED+7.71280 x 800196Exynos 42101.401.0016,32,6412.00.750.340.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.94.42011-11Android 3.1PLS LCD8.91280 x 800169Nvidia Tegra 21.001.0016,329.50.990.450.0
Samsung Series 74.32011-10Win7LED11.61366 x 768135Intel Core i51.600.0064,1286.01.980.900.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 +4.32011-10Android 3.2PLS LCD7.01024 x 600169Exynos 42101.201.0016,328.00.770.350.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.13.62011-06Android 3.1PLS LCD10.11280 x 800149Nvidia Tegra 21.001.0016,3210.01.260.570.0
Samsung Galaxy Tab 73.72011-04Android 2.2TFT LCD7.01024 x 600169Exynos 31101.000.5016,326.00.800.380.0

By default, tablets are ordered in chronological order, but you can sort them by clicking on the corresponding column headers.

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Samsung Tablet Comparison Chart

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Weight comparison lbs / kg Battery life comparison Rating comparison
     
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 weight comparison bar 0.58 / 0.26
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4  Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 weight comparison bar 0.65 / 0.29
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 weight comparison bar 0.66 / 0.30
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 8.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab3 8.0 weight comparison bar 0.66 / 0.30
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 7.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab3 7.0 weight comparison bar 0.66 / 0.30
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids  Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids weight comparison bar 0.66 / 0.30
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 Lite  Samsung Galaxy Tab3 Lite weight comparison bar 0.68 / 0.31
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 weight comparison bar 0.69 / 0.31
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 weight comparison bar 0.70 / 0.32
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0  Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 weight comparison bar 0.73 / 0.33
Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4  Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 weight comparison bar 0.73 / 0.33
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7  Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 weight comparison bar 0.75 / 0.34
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 +  Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 + weight comparison bar 0.77 / 0.35
Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0 weight comparison bar 0.77 / 0.35
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7  Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 weight comparison bar 0.80 / 0.38
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7  Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 weight comparison bar 0.86 / 0.39
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9  Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 weight comparison bar 0.99 / 0.45
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7  Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 weight comparison bar 0.99 / 0.45
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5  Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 weight comparison bar 1.02 / 0.46
Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1  Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1 weight comparison bar 1.03 / 0.47
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 weight comparison bar 1.12 / 0.51
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Tab3 10.1 weight comparison bar 1.12 / 0.51
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 weight comparison bar 1.16 / 0.52
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 II  Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 II weight comparison bar 1.19 / 0.54
Samsung Ativ Tab  Samsung Ativ Tab weight comparison bar 1.20 / 0.55
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 weight comparison bar 1.26 / 0.57
Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1 weight comparison bar 1.28 / 0.58
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 weight comparison bar 1.31 / 0.59
Google/Samsung Nexus 10  Google/Samsung Nexus 10 weight comparison bar 1.33 / 0.60
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S  Samsung Galaxy TabPro S weight comparison bar 1.53 / 0.69
Samsung Galaxy TabPro 12.2  Samsung Galaxy TabPro 12.2 weight comparison bar 1.61 / 0.73
Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2  Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 weight comparison bar 1.66 / 0.75
Samsung Ativ Smart PC  Samsung Ativ Smart PC weight comparison bar 1.65 / 0.75
Samsung Galaxy Book  Samsung Galaxy Book weight comparison bar 1.66 / 0.75
Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro  Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro weight comparison bar 1.95 / 0.88
Samsung Series 7  Samsung Series 7 weight comparison bar 1.98 / 0.90
Samsung Galaxy View 18.4  Samsung Galaxy View 18.4 weight comparison bar 5.84 / 2.65
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 battery comparison bar 15.0h
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4  Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 battery comparison bar 12.5h
Samsung Ativ Tab  Samsung Ativ Tab battery comparison bar 12.5h
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5  Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 battery comparison bar 12.5h
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 battery comparison bar 12.0h
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7  Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 battery comparison bar 12.0h
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7  Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 battery comparison bar 12.0h
Samsung Galaxy Book  Samsung Galaxy Book battery comparison bar 11.0h
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S  Samsung Galaxy TabPro S battery comparison bar 10.5h
Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1  Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1 battery comparison bar 10.5h
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 battery comparison bar 10.0h
Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2  Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 battery comparison bar 10.0h
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 battery comparison bar 10.0h
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9  Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 battery comparison bar 9.5h
Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1 battery comparison bar 9.0h
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 battery comparison bar 9.0h
Samsung Galaxy TabPro 12.2  Samsung Galaxy TabPro 12.2 battery comparison bar 9.0h
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 battery comparison bar 9.0h
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 +  Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 + battery comparison bar 8.0h
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 battery comparison bar 8.0h
Samsung Galaxy View 18.4  Samsung Galaxy View 18.4 battery comparison bar 8.0h
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 Lite  Samsung Galaxy Tab3 Lite battery comparison bar 8.0h
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 battery comparison bar 7.5h
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7  Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 battery comparison bar 7.5h
Google/Samsung Nexus 10  Google/Samsung Nexus 10 battery comparison bar 7.5h
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 II  Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 II battery comparison bar 7.5h
Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0 battery comparison bar 7.5h
Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4  Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 battery comparison bar 7.0h
Samsung Ativ Smart PC  Samsung Ativ Smart PC battery comparison bar 7.0h
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0  Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 battery comparison bar 7.0h
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Tab3 10.1 battery comparison bar 7.0h
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 8.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab3 8.0 battery comparison bar 7.0h
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7  Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 battery comparison bar 6.0h
Samsung Series 7  Samsung Series 7 battery comparison bar 6.0h
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 7.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab3 7.0 battery comparison bar 0.0h
Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro  Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro battery comparison bar 0.0h
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids  Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids battery comparison bar 0.0h
Samsung Galaxy Book  Samsung Galaxy Book rating comparison bar 4.7*
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 rating comparison bar 4.7*
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5  Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 rating comparison bar 4.6*
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 rating comparison bar 4.6*
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S  Samsung Galaxy TabPro S rating comparison bar 4.6*
Samsung Galaxy View 18.4  Samsung Galaxy View 18.4 rating comparison bar 4.6*
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 rating comparison bar 4.5*
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 rating comparison bar 4.5*
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 8.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab3 8.0 rating comparison bar 4.5*
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 rating comparison bar 4.5*
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7  Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 rating comparison bar 4.5*
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0  Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 rating comparison bar 4.5*
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 rating comparison bar 4.5*
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 Lite  Samsung Galaxy Tab3 Lite rating comparison bar 4.4*
Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1 rating comparison bar 4.4*
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9  Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 rating comparison bar 4.4*
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4  Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 rating comparison bar 4.4*
Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2  Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 rating comparison bar 4.4*
Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1  Samsung Galaxy TabPro 10.1 rating comparison bar 4.3*
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Tab3 10.1 rating comparison bar 4.3*
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 +  Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 + rating comparison bar 4.3*
Samsung Series 7  Samsung Series 7 rating comparison bar 4.3*
Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0 rating comparison bar 4.3*
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 II  Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 II rating comparison bar 4.2*
Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4  Samsung Galaxy TabPro 8.4 rating comparison bar 4.2*
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7  Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 rating comparison bar 4.2*
Samsung Galaxy Tab3 7.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab3 7.0 rating comparison bar 4.1*
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0  Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 rating comparison bar 4.0*
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7  Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 rating comparison bar 4.0*
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids  Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids rating comparison bar 4.0*
Google/Samsung Nexus 10  Google/Samsung Nexus 10 rating comparison bar 3.9*
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7  Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 rating comparison bar 3.7*
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1  Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 rating comparison bar 3.6*
Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro  Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro rating comparison bar 3.6*
Samsung Ativ Smart PC  Samsung Ativ Smart PC rating comparison bar 3.5*
Samsung Ativ Tab  Samsung Ativ Tab rating comparison bar 2.9*
Samsung Galaxy TabPro 12.2  Samsung Galaxy TabPro 12.2 rating comparison bar 0.0*

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Samsung Tablets Chronology

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 Samsung Tablets Timeline

            
           
           
   Mar      Galaxy TabPro S  
           
           
        ............................................ 2016  
           
           
   Oct      Galaxy View 18.4  
   Sep      Galaxy Tab S2 (8" and 9.7")  
           
           
           
           
           
   Mar      Galaxy Tab A (8" and 9.7")  
           
           
        ............................................ 2015  
           
           
           
           
           
   July      Galaxy Tab S (8.4", 10.5")  
           
   May      Galaxy Tab 4 (7", 8", 10.1")  
           
           
  Feb -    Tab Pro 8.4, Note Pro 12.2  
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    .   ............................................ 2014  
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  Oct -    Galaxy Note 10.1 2014,Tab 3 Kids  
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  Jul -    Galaxy Tab 3 (8" and 10.1")  
  Jun -    Galaxy Tab 3 7"  
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  Apr -    Galaxy Note 8.0  
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    .   ............................................ 2013  
  Dec -    Ativ Tab  
  Nov -    Google Nexus 10  
  Oct -    Ativ Smart PC Pro, Ativ Smart PC  
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  Aug -    Galaxy Note 10.1  
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  May -    Galaxy Tab2 10.1  
  Apr -    Galaxy Tab2 7.0  
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        ............................................ 2012  
  Dec -    Galaxy Tab 7.7  
  Nov -    Galaxy Tab 8.9  
  Oct -    Galaxy Tab 7.0+, Series 7  
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  Jun -    Galaxy Tab 10.1  
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  Apr -    Galaxy Tab 7  
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        ............................................. 2011  
            

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is one of the most popular lines of tablets in the world. Samsung seemed determined to replicate the success of the iPad range, releasing tablet after tablet in an attempt to net customers in the budget, mid-range, and premium sections of the market. That's one wide net!

While some aspects of the Samsung line divide opinion, it's clear that there has been rapid improvement and now Samsung tablets are genuine alternatives to the Apple offerings. The Samsung screen is a particular strength, while in terms of design and user experience they've learned a lot from their competitors and feedback from their own users.

Today there is a Samsung tablet to suit almost everyone. The downside is that there is a somewhat bewildering range of tablets with almost identical names, as the following image (from 2013, but still relevant) suggests:

 

This guide should help clarify the differences.

Let's start with an important note about the Samsung tablets naming conventions:

  • Tab - The original line of Samsung tablets
  • Tab 2 - The second generation of the Tab line, targeting the budget end of the market.
  • Tab 3 - Successors of the Tab 2 tablets, with an 8-inch tablet added to the range
  • Tab 4 - Still aimed at the cheaper end of the market, they all had a 1.2 GHz CPU and 1.5GB RAM.
  • Tab S - The S line of smartphones were the best Samsung had ever made, so they carried the naming convention over to their tablet offerings. Starring a superb AMOLED screen, the Tab S range made other tablet screens look like faded Boer War photographs.
  • Note – New line aimed at more creative users. Includes S-Pen for image editing, sketching and annotations.

The second number denotes the screen size. For example, the Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1 is a second generation Tab with a 10.1-inch screen.

Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

A full Windows 10 experience on a tablet and a genuine alternative to the Microsoft Surface range. Pretty much an instant classic. Check our full review for more.

Samsung Galaxy View 18.4

As a New York politician would say - this tablet is YUGE. Running Android Lollipop, it was almost 20 inches of smooth performance on a grand scale. Just don't try to type with two thumbs. Reviewed here.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8" and 9.7")

Aimed at challenging the iPad Air 2 and Mini 3, the S2 tablets were engineered to the highest standards. Samsung chose to keep the divisive (i.e. love it or hate it) TouchWiz interface, they sensibly reduced the amount of bloatware (unwanted software) shipped with the tablet. Our reviews praised the amazing screen and incredible thinness, but wished the battery life was a tad better.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (8" and 9.7")

Bundled with a bunch of free games and magazine subscriptions, the A range was heavily targeted at consumers looking for value for money. Until this point, Samsung had garnered a reputation for demanding a somewhat unwarranted premium for their brand name, on their budget devices at least. The A range did much to dispel that feeling - providing specs and features at a very reasonable price.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4" and 10.5")

Rich, vivid, vibrant - and that's just the CEO. I'm kidding. I refer, of course, to the screen. Black pixels are like black holes in space, sucking all nearby light into them. But in a good way. White pixels look like the Roman Senate on wash-day. The result was pure eye candy.

We very slightly preferred the larger version when we reviewed them.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (7", 8", and 10.1")

The fourth generation models were all shipped with Android 4.4.2 KitKat. There was nothing wrong with the range, but not much genuinely outstanding either; they were just good, solid options for the budget consumer. While some reviewers thought these tablets were overpriced, we thought they were pretty sweet and gave them good ratings.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

Belonging to Samsung's prime 'Pro' segment, this was Samsung's first 8.4-inch tablet and was released in direct competition to the LG G Pad 8.3. The Pro 8.4 ran Android 4.4 Kitkat and was once again customised by Samsung's TouchWiz software.

Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition

A colorful, fun version of the Tab 3 devices aimed at kids, the Tab 3 Kids Edition was well-received by parents. Safe in a hard-wearing rubber case, it had an extensive suite of parental controls. The main problem with the device was that when parents realised how good it was, they were reluctant to share it with their offspring. "Be off with you! I'm reading the New Yorker!"

It remains one of the best-selling tablets for kids, years after its launch.

Galaxy Tab 3 (7", 8", and 10.1")

The Tab 3 suite of products from Samsung added more options and a number of decent upgrades to its flagship low cost line of tablets. The line was expanded with a new 8-inch Tab 3 model.

Galaxy Note 8.0

The Galaxy Note 8.0, the first 8 inch tablet from Samsung, was inspired by the features of the Galaxy Note 10.1 and had elements of the S3 and Note 2 smartphone design. The tablet included an S-Pen stylus.

Samsung Ativ Tab

The Samsung Ativ Tab, based on the Windows RT operating system, was lightweight, portable, and had very good battery life.

Google/Samsung Nexus 10

The Nexus 10 was designed by Google and manufacured by Samsung. The main upgrade from the Nexus 7 tablet was a 10.1 inch display, built from Corning's Gorilla Glass 2, with a display size of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels. The tablet's ultra-high resolution and 300 pixels per inch were the best on the market at the time.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro (700T) and Ativ Smart PC (500T)

The Ativ Smart PC Pro 700T was a Windows 8 64-bit tablet/notebook hybrid from Samsung. A powerful 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, 4 Gb DDR3, and 128 SSD storage made it a flagship model among Samsung's new Windows 8 based tablets. In comparison to the 700T, the Ativ Smart PC 500T sported a lower resolution display and less powerful CPU. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

A special mention for the Galaxy Note series. The Note was sold with a stylus S-Pen and dedicated applications that supported a stylus (S Memo, S Note, Adobe Ideas, PS Touch). A new line of S-Pen equipped tablets contained many of the premium features that were missing from the Galaxy Tab 2, such as an 8-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front facing camera and a faster processor. The Galaxy Tab2 10.1 was considered a downgraded (budget) version of the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 while the Galaxy Note was considered its successor.

Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1

Released in May 2012, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1-inch had a large display and high resolution, though it shared most of its attributes with the Tab 2 7.0

Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0

The second generation of the Tab came with Android 4 a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich. The big hardware changes included a front camera downgrade to VGA (0.3-megapixels) and a lower speed dual-core processor (1 GHz rather than the previous 1.2 and 1.4 GHz models). The Tab2 7-inch was a move by Samsung to compete with budget tablets like the Kindle Fire.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

The 7.7 had a more powerful battery, a slightly bigger AMOLED display than the original (7.7-inches). The 7.7 also offered a complete phone experience while still being a tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

The 8.9 was a smaller version of the Tab 10.1. Other than the smaller display, the 8.9 used an updated version of Samsung's TouchWiz interface.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

The Tab 7.0 Plus was the upgrade to the original Tab. It came with Gingerbread and a dual-core processor. The form factor is smaller than the original as well.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 10.1V

This Tab upgraded the display size to 10.1-inches and the resolution to 1280x800. It came with Android 3.1 a.k.a. Honeycomb. The internal RAM went up to 1GB and the back camera jumped up to 8-megapixels for the 10.1v model. It came in 16, 32 or 64 GB versions.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

The original Galaxy Tab had a 7-inch display at a 1200x600 resolution. Originally, it came with Android 2.2 aka Froyo, but was consistently updated to 2.3.7. Unfortunately, it was not possible to update it to Android 3. It came with a front facing camera and a dedicated 3-megapixel lens on the back capable of taking video at 720x480 resolution. It was able to run on both mobile and Wi-Fi networks. Later, Samsung released a Wi-Fi only version. It came in 2, 16 or 32 GB models with a microSD slot for expansion.

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What is Samsung's market share?

 

As you can see in this graph, at the end of 2015 they had narrowed the gap to Apple to just 7%, and Samsung's total share of the tablet market was 17%.


How Much is a Samsung Tablet?

Because they range from budget options to ultra-premium, Samsung tablets range wildly in price. A 2014 Galaxy Tab 4 will set you back something in the region of $130-150, while the newest, largest GalaxyTabPro S was a touch under $1000 last time we checked.


 

Useful links

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Samsung tablets on Amazon

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