Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0  vs Apple iPad mini 

Released July, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

  • 8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.2
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
8 Out of 10
While Apple is still strong here with the iPad mini, the lack of a Retina display and high price-tag means there's an opportunity to make an impression.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
Released November, 2012

Apple iPad mini

  • 7.8"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 6
Front view of Apple iPad mini
8.5 Out of 10
In practice this seems to have worked, as the battery life is pretty darn good.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Tab 3 8.0 vs iPad mini


Processing power and speed



3D and 2D graphics

GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


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Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 vs iPad mini

geekbench Processor and memory performance

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPad mini
3.4 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
15.8 fps
iPad mini
14.9 fps

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

Reasons to consider the
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Faster graphics 4.1 fps vs 3.4 fps More than 20% better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
Supported card formats microSD vs None Supports supported card formats
Supports face unlock Yes (Android 4.2) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; bypass PIN entry, easier to unlock with one hand
More RAM 1.5 GB vs 0.5 GB 3x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Significantly faster processor 1.5 GHz vs 1 GHz 50% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Sharper screen 188 ppi vs 163 ppi More than 15% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Newer Jul, 2013 vs Nov, 2012 Release date 8 months later
Slightly higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution
Side view of Apple iPad mini

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Significantly longer battery life 12.75 hour vs 7.3 hour Around 75% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Tab 3 8.0  vs iPad mini 

While the display quality is better than that thanks to improved IPS LCD technology, it's still light years behind the Retina display on the bigger iPad Air 2 and the second and third-generation minis.
iPad mini

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Tab 3 8.0  vs
iPad mini 
Size 8" 7.8"
Technology Super IPS LCD2 IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1024 x 768
PPI 188 ppi 163 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz 1 GHz

form factor

Weight 319 g 308 g
Size 123.8 x 209.8 x 7.4 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.2 mm
Thickness 7.4 mm 7.2 mm
Battery life 7.3 hour 12.75 hour


Galaxy Tab 3 8.0  vs
iPad mini 
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
RAM capacity 1.5 GB 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 128 GB N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 1.3 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 5 MP


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
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