Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 LTE Gaming Performance ReviewHi guys, welcome back to this site!

Earlier, i’ve just showed you 2 of Samsung’s latest-gen tablets under the flag Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series.

And those are the 7-inch and the 8-inch models of Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 – which carry 2 different types of specs, with the 7-inch variant receiving the low-grade hardware.

In terms of performance – especially gaming performance, it’s really obvious that the 8-inch model is the winner here between these 2 tablets given that this variant is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor, coupled with Adreno 305 and 1.5GB of RAM – although this processor is actually the low-end chipset from Qualcomm’s portfolio for last year (while Snapdragon 800 and 600 are the high-end and mid-end models respectively).

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 LTE benchmarks and gaming performance

On the other hand, the low-end variant of this tablet series - Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 – is only packing the low-end low-grade hardware – from Marvel quad-core PAX1088 processor, 1.5GB of RAM and unknown Vivante GPU -, which are already considered as mediocre at best for today’s standards.

And that’s the reason why this smallest model doesn’t have the gaming performance as great as the 8-inch model.

Anyway, after showing you guys 2 of the 3 tablets offered by Samsung in its latest-gen Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series, - as i promised in my previous review -, today, i’m gonna talk about the last model of this tablet series.

And that’s of course Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, the largest model carrying the similar type of spec sheet as the 8-inch variant – from the same 720p display, the same Snapdragon 400 processor, the same 1.5GB of RAM, the same 3.15MP rear-facing shooter and some other similar set of hardware specs.

Well, if you’re interested to get to know with this tablet, in fact, you’re planning to buy it in the near future when it launches to the market, then you better check out my review first before making the final decision.

However, as usual, in this review, i’ll mostly put the priority on the gaming performance of this tablet – from its processor, GPU, RAM, display and battery life.

But don’t worry, i’ll talk about some other stuff about this tablet, like its camera or UI, but not prominently.

So without further ado, here you go, my personal review of Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1.

Introduction

There is one interesting fact about Samsung Galaxy Tab series – this tablet never receives the high-grade specs from Samsung, even on the largest-sized model Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1.

This tablet carries the same kind of spec sheet as its younger sister - Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0.

So this kind of makes it clear for us to see how Samsung wants to deliver this tablet series just for the mid-end market segment.

So if you want to get the high-spec’d edition of Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet, then you can just pick up any of Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro or Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets that suits your needs.

I mean, if you want a productivity-related tablet, you can go with the Tab Pro.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 LTE (black)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 LTE (black)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 LTE (white)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 LTE (white)
And if you only want to have a high-end media-consumption and gaming tablet, then the Tab S is your destination.

Talking about Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, specs to specs, there’s not much difference between the 8-inch and the 10.1-inch model of Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 – except of course their screen size that sets them apart.

Both have the same 720p display, the same Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, the same 1.5GB of RAM, the same Adreno 305 and even the same 3.15MP camera.

So as a result, in terms of performance and especially for playing games, these 2 tablets will likely perform similarly for gaming – given their same processor plus the same 720p display. But we’ll get more on that later.

Compared to the predecessor - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, which is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 CPU, accompanied with PowerVR SGX544 GPU -, this fourth-gen tablet clearly has more powerful set of hardware specs.

Even though Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 is really rare around the tablet market – in fact, i never saw any tablet powered by this processor, like ever -, this processor is actually still powerful and especially its Adreno 305 GPU that still has the power to handle most of graphics intense games across the Google Play Store.

So with all of these goodies under the hood, does Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 have what it takes to compete in 10-inch tablet space, competing with the likes of Apple iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Note 10.1 or Sony Xperia Z2? Is it worth it to upgrade your current-gen Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 with this tablet?

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  • 4G LTE
  • SIM Micro-SIMReleased 2014, June
  • Weight 487 g (1.07 lb)
  • 10.1 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 1280 x 800 pixels, (~149 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
  • Size
  • - TouchWiz UX UI
  • Quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Chipset, ARM Cortex-A7 CPU
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat
  • microSD Memory Card slot for up to 64 GB
  • 16 GB Internal storage
  • 3.15 MP rear-facing Camera with NO autofocus and LED flash
  • Video 720p@30fps
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • GPRS
  • EDGE
  • HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE,
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth v4.0 and A2DP
  • Infrared port
  • microUSB v2.0
  • Accelerometer Sensor
  • HTML5-supported Browser
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • White, Black Color Options
  • - HDMI port
  • Non-removable Li-Po 6800 mAh battery
From the hardware standpoint, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 can be considered as a 10-inch tablet that is just not on par with other 10-inch rivals out there on the market today.

Most of 10-inch tablets today use either Snapdragon 600, Snapdragon 800, Tegra 4, Apple A7 chipset (for the iPads only of course) or even Tegra K1 processor (with its staggering 192-core GPU).

So it’s just no brainer this tablet doesn’t stack up against competition.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 features a 10.1-inch display sporting the resolution of 720p or 1280x800 pixels, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2Ghz per core, Adreno 305 GPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 3.15MP camera on the back, 1.3MP camera to do selfies, 6800mAh power battery, Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, microSD card slot for up to 64GB and some other standard features.

Screen

One of few things that is left untouched on this tablet is its display.

Similar just like the predecessor, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is still packing the same 10.1-inch display with the resolution of 1280x800 pixels.

With this medium-resolution display, then it’s really obvious that this tablet is already left behind the competition that mostly already adopt 1080p or even 2.5K display.

However, if you want to get the high-spec’d version of this tablet, then you might want to check out other Samsung’s GALAXY Tab tablets – like Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 or Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, which both have insanely highest quality specs on the market to date, even than the iPad Air.

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Interestingly, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor – which is pretty weird for me because i personally never saw any tablet come with this processor.

As i mentioned above, Snapdragon 400 processor is mostly used on low-end but good-performance smartphones – like Moto G or Xiaomi Redmi 1S.

Not to mention, besides using this processor, these 2 smartphones are also packing the same 720p resolution on their display.

So this kind of makes me think that Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 probably will not be that far away with these 2 smartphones, in terms of performance.

And that means, for doing any basic tasks – like watching HD movies, editing documents, controlling UI, browsing the web, using live wallpaper or multitasking many apps -, this tablet is more than capable to deliver a satisfyingly smooth and lag-free performance even all at once, thanks to its 1.5GB of RAM.

It goes the same with the gaming performance of this 10.1-inch tablet. Similar just like those 2 Android smartphones, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 also has all the power to run any games that you see today on Google Play Store – even the most graphically demanding ones like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 4, N.O.V.A 3, Real Racing 3, Need for Speed: Most Wanted or even GTA San Andreas.

However, as for the last aforementioned game – GTA San Andreas, i don’t think this game will run smoothly in full highest graphics and resolution settings.

Actually, i’ve already seen Moto G run this game in full graphics and it doesn’t deliver smooth performance – in fact, this game is just not playable in full graphics.

But maybe, given the popularity of this tablet series, as well as the huge support from many game developers specifically for this tablet series, you’re probably in luck and can have the most up-to-date and well-optimized version of GTA San Andreas for this tablet, where you can play it in full highest graphics setting without any lag whatsoever.

Who knows.

Overall, this tablet is definitely more than good as a media-consumption tablet.

It goes the same for gaming, this tablet is also pretty good – if not great – and still capable to deliver a smooth performance on most of the games released today – even the most graphics intense ones.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 LTE, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

It’s too bad that Samsung also treats this tablet the same as the 8-inch model.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 features 3.15MP camera on the back, accompanied with the other 1.3MP front-facing camera.

The back camera is able to record 720p videos, however, there is no flash or autofocus equipped on this camera, which is a huge bummer because it probably will help a lot for taking low-light photos with no significant lights around.

Talking about its quality, the 3.15MP camera on this tablet may not be on par with Samsung’s other flagship tablets like Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S or Note 10.1 tablets.

However, given that Samsung has been known as a great camera OEM (original equipment manufacturer) with some great quality cameras on its GALAXY devices, then you can expect to see some good quality shots taken with the camera on this tablet.

Battery Life

As a huge 10.1-inch tablet, then it’s obvious that this tablet will need much bigger battery capacity than the one found inside the 8-inch model of Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (which comes with 4450mAh battery).

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is powered by 6900mAh battery inside, ensuring that you – as the owner of this tablet – can have an all-day-long battery life on this tablet.

But this also will depend on which type of user are you – moderate user or otherwise, a power user?

Well, if you are a moderate user, then you definitely can have that all-day-long battery life from this tablet.

You can check your emails, watch some videos, play some games, listen to music, read books/magazines, edit some documents or check out your photos – and this tablet can still give you some more hours before its battery finally runs out of juice.

However, if you’re type of power user and are gonna use this tablet mostly to do some heavy intense tasks without even resting the screen – like playing games without stopping or watching movies in marathon -, then you can expect to see this tablet last probably around 5 to 7 hours, which is still pretty good for a 10-inch tablet.

My Personal Opinions

So my final word about this tablet is, despite using the same class of hardware specs as the 8-inch model, i still think that Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is still pretty neat 10-inch tablet.

It’s great for watching movies, it’s great for reading books/magazines (but probably not so great given its medium-resolution display), it’s good for playing games, it’s good for browsing the net, and it’s pretty much great for any basic media-consumption tasks that you throw on this tablet.

However, there are still some downsides found on this tablet – especially compared to other 10-inch rivals on the market right now.

As you already know, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is powered by Snapdragon 400 processor, accompanied with Adreno 305 and 1.5GB of RAM.

I’m not saying that these hardware specifications are bad for this tablet.

But the thing is, most of 10-inch tablets on the market today are powered by a more powerful Snapdragon 600 or Snapdragon 800 processors, as well as the Adreno 320 GPU and Adreno 330 GPU respectively.

And these 2 processors are just way more powerful than what Samsung crams inside the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1.

Snapdragon 400 processor is mostly used on low-end smartphones – like Moto G or Xiaomi Redmi 1S.

I’m also not saying that these 2 smartphones have horrible performance – well, it’s wrong because these 2 phones do really have great gaming performance.

However, what i meant was – with this processor, this tablet is probably not that capable to handle many future games released this year or next year, which will have more advanced graphics and visual effects.

But apart from that, this tablet is still a good gaming tablet – if not the best.

It’s still capable to handle most of the games perfectly and smoothly, and the most importantly, in full graphics.

So if you’re planning to buy this tablet anytime soon, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is still a good choice for you.

But in one condition – and that is, the price of the 'WiFi-only' model is below most of the mid-to-high end 10-inch tablets on the market today – like Sony Xperia Z2, Google Nexus 10 or iPad Air.

But if this WiFi-only model still costs as much as these rivals, then you might want to switch your decision to other tablets given that Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is just far below those competitors – in terms of performance, specs and many other things.

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