Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch  vs Apple iPad mini 3 

Released September, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch

  • 8"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 6.0
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8.3 Out of 10
We lay the praise at Ice Cream Sandwich's door for making better use of the dual-core chip held within.
by TechRadar (May, 2012)
Released October, 2014

Apple iPad mini 3

  • 7.9"
  • 128 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 10
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7.3 Out of 10
Honestly, the results are quite similar to last year’s model, as well as the original – meaning it produces sharp details, natural colors, and proper exposure.
by PhoneArena (Oct, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch vs iPad mini 3


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Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Apple iPad mini 3 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad mini 3  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch vs iPad mini 3

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Much more processing power 8,633 vs 1,920 Around 4.5x better passmark score
More cores Octa core vs Dual core 6 more cores; run more applications at once
Supports multitasking Yes (Android) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Run multiple apps at once
Significantly more RAM 3 GB vs 1 GB 3x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Significantly faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.3 GHz More than 45% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Higher resolution front camera 8 MP vs 5 MP 60% higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Thinner 5.6 mm vs 7.5 mm More than 25% thinner
Higher resolution rear camera 2.1 MP vs 1.2 MP More than 75% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Newer Sep, 2015 vs Oct, 2014 Release date 10 months later
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Much more storage capacity 128 GB vs 64 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much better performance per dollar 42.45 pt/$ vs 6.59 pt/$ Around 6.5x better performance per dollar
Longer battery life 10 hour vs 7.63 hour More than 30% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in

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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch  vs
iPad mini 3 
Size 8" 7.9"
Technology AMOLED Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 2048 x 1536 2048 x 1536
PPI 320 ppi 324 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes Yes


Cores Octa core Dual core
Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.3 GHz

form factor

Weight 272 g 341 g
Size 134.8 x 198.6 x 5.6 mm 134.7 x 200 x 7.5 mm
Thickness 5.6 mm 7.5 mm
Battery life 7.63 hour 10 hour


Galaxy Tab S2 8.0-inch  vs
iPad mini 3 
Internal storage 64 GB 128 GB
RAM capacity 3 GB 1 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 8 MP 5 MP
Rear camera 2.1 MP 1.2 MP


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
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