Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G P7320T Gaming Performance Review

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Published on August 7, 2014 | 0 comments
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G P7320T Gaming Performance ReviewHi guys, welcome back!

As you might have known already, Samsung has been popularly known as the manufacturer – or tablet manufacturer in this case – that always releases a wide range of its GALAXY devices to many different market segments – from high-end, mid-end, low-end and even lowest-end markets (remember Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 7.0 Lite? – Yup, that’s the one!).

Despite being called as the manufacturer with no idealism, this strategy seemed to work amazingly for the company, with over million units of its GALAXY devices getting shipped every quarter of each year, even beating Apple by miles with iDevices in terms of sales.

In fact, this strategy has been doing great for Samsung in the past few years and has made this company the biggest smartphone and tablet manufacturer on this planet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G P7320T benchmarks and gaming performance

Anyway, in the past few days, i’ve been showing you guys some new and even older-gen tablets from Samsung under the series Samsung Galaxy Tab – from the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab S, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Tab 2 and even the first-gen Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.

Now i have some other Samsung’s oldest tablets which i think can be pretty interesting if i bring it up to this website as my next reviews.

Actually, there is only a few of Samsung GALAXY Tab tablets remain that i haven’t discussed on this website before.

But today, i’m gonna start with the first-gen Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G edition – following my previous review of Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE that i just showed you yesterday -, which both are in the same generation of this Samsung tablet series.

From the hardware standpoint, i personally think that this tablet indeed could be pretty good in performance – no doubt about that.

It has Tegra 2 dual-core processor (which used to be the world’s first dual-core processor), 1GB of RAM and GeForce ULP GPU under the hood, giving this tablet the power in graphical environment, which in turn makes it a good gaming tablet.

Well, if you’re interested to get to know more with this tablet, especially how it behaves in performance and gaming capability, then here you go, my personal review of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G.

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Okay then, without further ado, here it is, my personal review of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G.

Introduction

Unlike the smaller 7.7-inch variant of Samsung Galaxy Tab that comes with Samsung Exynos 4210 chipset and Mali-400 GPU, this 8.9-inch tablet interestingly is packing a dual-core Tegra 2 processor made by NVIDIA, along with the GeForce ULP GPU, which packs a punch especially for handling most of graphics-related tasks on this tablet.

However, it’s worth noting that this 8.9-inch model was released in the first quarter of 2012, as opposed to the 7.7-inch LTE edition that got launched to the market in the third quarter of 2012.

So this automatically makes the 8.9-inch the predecessor of the 7.7-inch version.

However, in real world quality, both tablets actually are still equally great especially for gaming.

But this time, i’ll probably go with the 7.7-inch version than the 8.9-inch model given that Mali-400 GPU used to be a powerful mobile graphics chipset in 2012.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G P7320T
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G P7320T

As a matter of fact, even on the last-year-gen of Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, this tablet is still powered by this GPU, while Tegra 2 processor - even though it's also powerful in graphical sector, this processor is plagued with the issue of incompatibility to do HD video playback.

Not to mention the ‘real’ gaming tablet Archos ‘GamePad’ 2 – a 7-inch Android tablet but with built-in physical gaming controller (similar just like PS Vita) -, which also comes with the same Mali-400 GPU and proved to be great in handling even the latest graphically demanding games like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 8: Airborne or NOVA 3, amazingly in full highest graphics setting.

So with that being said, then in real time performance, the 7.7-inch model will be the winner here if it’s pitted side-by-side with the 8.9-inch variant – although both tablets are still great in terms of overall performance.

Anyway, talking about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G, this tablet actually consists in 3 different variants – just like any other Samsung GALAXY devices out there -, from the WiFi-only, the 3G and last but not least, the 4G LTE models.

But given that these 3 tablets come with the same exact spec sheet one to another, then i’ll wrap up these guys into just one review.

Despite having the Tegra 2 dual-core processor – which is now already considered as outdated for today’s standards -, this 8.9-inch tablet actually is still pretty good choice tablet.
  • It has a 720p resolution on its 8.9-inch display,
  • it has a dual-core Tegra 2 processor along with the GeForce ULP GPU inside,
  • 1GB of RAM,
  • 3.15MP camera on the back and 2MP on the front,
  • a pretty huge 6100mAh power battery,
  • 16/32GB of internal storage options,
  • 4G LTE support and some other basic standard features.
  • Not to mention, on the software side, there is Android 3.0 Honeycomb that comes out of the box on this tablet.
But the questions are, with all of these goodies, does Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G still have the power to compete in today’s 8-inch tablet market, alongside iPad mini 2, LG G Pad 8.3, Kindle Fire 8.9 HDX, HP Slate 8 Pro or even its siblings Samsung Galaxy Tab series?

Is this tablet great for gaming?

And the last question is, between the 7.7-inch variant and this 8.9-inch model, which one should you choose?

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  • 4G LTE
  • Mini-SIM
  • Released Q1 2012
  • Weight 458 g (1.01 lb)
  • 8.9 inch PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 1280 pixels, (~170 ppi pixel density), 16M colors
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 Chipset
  • ULP GeForce GPU
  • Android OS 3.2 Honeycomb
  • - TouchWiz UX UI
  • No Memory Card slot
  • 16/32 GB Internal storage
  • 3.15 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • EDGE Class 12
  • GPRS Class 12
  • HSDPA
  • HTML, Adobe Flash Browser
  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • GPS
  • No Radio
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Colors Black
  • Accelerometer, gyro, compass
  • TV-out
  • Non-removable Li-Po 6100 mAh battery
From the hardware standpoint, it’s really obvious that Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is considered as a low-end tablet in today’s tablet market.

Despite having 720p display, a dual-core Tegra 2 processor and GeForce ULP GPU, 1GB of RAM, 3.15MP camera on the back or a huge 6800mAh battery – there’s no way this tablet can compete in the current 8-inch tablet market with the likes of iPad mini 2, LG G Pad 8.3, HP Slate 8 Pro, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S or even Xiaomi Mi Pad that has Tegra K1 processor.

All of these rivals will easily dethrone this Samsung’s tablet in just a few milliseconds.

However, in low-end 8-inch tablet market, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 can still be considered as a good purchase for you especially if you’re only looking for a media-consumption tablet with cellular support.

It has a 8.9-inch display sporting the 720p resolution (1280x800 pixels), 3.15MP rear-facing camera and 2MP camera on the front, a huge 6800mAh power battery, a powerful dual-core Tegra 2 processor and GeForce ULP GPU (ensuring you to play all older games in 2013 in smooth performance and in full graphics) and many useful features on its TouchWiz UI.

Screen

Similar just like most of Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets – even the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 -, this 8.9-inch tablet is also packing a 720p display, although it looks much sharper given that it’s using smaller screen compared to other Samsung Galaxy Tab slates that come with 10.1-inch display.

The good thing is, this tablet is powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, accompanied with GeForce ULP GPU, which is more than adequate to execute all the pixels on its display in buttery smooth performance.

User Interface

There’s not much to write home about on the User Interface of this tablet.

It still has the same looks and feels just like any other Samsung GALAXY devices out there – especially the ones in the same generation or released in the same year.

However, there are still some great things that you can reap from this TouchWiz UI.

It has many cool and useful features – like multitasking window mode, etc – it has some TouchWiz icons and widgets, and it runs smoothly even when opening many apps at once.

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One of the great things found on this tablet is that, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is powered by Tegra 2 processor – a dual-core Cortex-A9 with the clock speed of 1.5GHz per core.

For your information, on this website, i’ve said a lot about how Tegra is one of my favorite mobile processors, alongside Qualcomm’s processor.

And the Tegra 2 dual-core processor inside this tablet is no exception.

Actually, besides this Samsung’s 8.9-inch tablet, there is also a lot of other tablets that are powered by Tegra 2 processor – like Asus Transformer TF101, Acer Iconia Tab 100, Acer Iconia Tab 200, Acer Iconia Tab 500, Motorola Xoom, Sony Xperia P and many other more.

The reason why i like this processor is mostly because i’m really amazed with how this NVIDIA’s homemade chipset is capable of giving a smooth experience and powerful performance to any tablet that uses it.

Take Acer Iconia Tab 500 tablet as an example.

According to many reviews, the performance of this Tegra 2 tablet is really good and it’s also capable in handling many high-performing games – of course mostly the ones released in early 2012 or before it – in full graphics and in buttery smooth performance.

Not to mention, it also has great and long lasting battery life, even in heavy usage.

So with that being said, then it goes the same with Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.

Thanks to the Tegra dual-core processor inside this tablet, accompanied with its GeForce ULP GPU and 1GB of RAM, this tablet screams when it comes to performance and it’s also able to deliver smooth experience even when opening some heavy tasks or visual presentations of preloaded apps – all at once.

And that’s the reason why this tablet will perform greatly when doing any basic tasks – like watching videos, browsing the web, using live wallpaper, reading books, editing documents/videos, checking out photos and any other graphics-related tasks that you throw on this tablet.

However, there are still some noticeable lags given that Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on most of oldest-gen GALAXY tablets used to be really heavy and not as smooth as the TouchWiz UI on today’s Samsung tablets.

Meanwhile, as for gaming, this tablet will also be good for that matter – if not great.

Thanks to the dual-core Tegra 2 processor inside this tablet and its GeForce ULP GPU, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is more than capable to perform smoothly when playing older games released in around 2012 or around that year – even the most graphically demanding games like ShadowGun, Dead Trigger, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Asphalt 5 and 6, Modern Combat 1 and 2, N.O.V.A 1 and 2, Samurai Showdown and many other older games.

However, given that the next-gen processor Tegra 3 processor already proved to be not that great in handling the latest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne or GTA San Andreas in full graphics, with some choppiness seen here and there in the gameplay, then it’s really obvious that the dual-core Tegra 2 processor inside this Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 will suffer even more when running these 2 heavy games in full graphics.

But the good thing is, these 2 games provide users the options to set the graphics and resolution to even the lowest level, so you’re probably in luck when playing these Asphalt 8 and GTA San Andreas on this 8.9-inch tablet, although not in full graphics.

But overall, for playing some older games released in 2012, this tablet has no problem at all to run these games in full graphics.

However, if you’re looking for a much better 8.9-inch tablet with beast gaming performance, you might want to check out other tablets with more powerful processors, like Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, LG G Pad 8.3, HP Slate 8 Pro with Tegra 4 or iPad mini 2 with Retina Display.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G P7320T, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

In the battery department, it’s good to see that Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is packing a pretty huge 6100mAh power battery inside, providing you a lot of juice to squeeze for all-day-long or even 2 days in the row in heavy usage.

This is actually kind of reminds me with Acer Iconia Tab 500 – a Tegra 2 tablet with only 3260mAh power battery inside, which amazingly is able to last in 2 days in the row even in heavy usage.

So if this Acer tablet could manage to survive in even 2 days with just a smaller 3260mAh battery plus the same 720p display just like on the Samsung’s slate, then you can expect the same on Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.

As a matter of fact, given its much bigger 6100mAh power battery, i believe this tablet has much even longer battery life than Acer tablet.

Besides, Acer Iconia Tab 500 also comes pre-installed with some heavy software and UI, as well as some 3D visual presentations here and there on its pre-loaded apps – just like Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 with its heavy TouchWiz UI along with its rich features.

So you’ll have a lot of fun playing with this Samsung tablet in such a long battery life.

However, it also depends on which type of user you are.

If you’re type of power user who’re gonna use this tablet to do some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all – like for watching movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, then its battery could probably survive in around 8 to 10 hours – which is great.

On the other hand, if you’re type of moderate user and will only use this tablet in your spare time or in combined screen on/off, then you can expect to see this tablet last in one solid day or even 2 days in the row – of course in one full charge.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, as a media-consumption tablet, i have no single doubt that Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is still a good choice for you.

It’s great for watching movies, listening to music, browsing the web, reading contents like books/magazines, editing documents, checking out your photo albums or even playing some heavy games.

And that’s thanks to the Tegra 2 dual-core inside this tablet, as well as its GeForce ULP GPU that gives such great power to its graphical environment.

The things that need to be highlighted on this tablet are:
  • its 720p resolution 8.9-inch display (which still looks pretty sharp),
  • its rich and useful features,
  • its complete set of cameras on the front and back,
  • its 3G/4G LTE connectivity (but there is also the WiFi-only model),
  • its Tegra 2 processor which is great for gaming,
  • its great battery life,
  • its 1GB of RAM
  • and pretty much everything on this tablet is good enough to make it a great media-consumption tablet.
So if you’re still in the search of 8.9-inch tablet – in fact, you’re planning to get this Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 in the near future -, then you’ll make no mistake if you decide to buy it.

But in one condition - the price of the LTE or 3G models of this tablet should be below the price range of other tablets like LG G Pad 8.3, iPad mini 2, HP Slate 8 Pro, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and many other powerful rivals, or to be exact, in around $199 to $230 price range.

Well, if you manage to grab this tablet in this price range, then you just made a good deal.

You’ll get the 3G/LTE connectivity (which allows you to make phone calls or text messages) and some pretty powerful specs like 720p display, Tegra 2 dual-core processor, good battery life, good gaming performance (if not great) and some other great thing i mentioned above.

So to answer some of my questions i asked earlier above, here are my answers:
  1. No – this tablet is definitely not on par with other rivals on today’s tablet market - like iPad mini 2, LG G Pad 8.3, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 or HP Slate 8 Pro. These rivals will simply blow the Samsung 8.9-inch slate out of the water.
  2. Yes – thanks to its Tegra 2 dual-core processor, as well as its GeForce ULP GPU, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 can still be a good gaming tablet, but not that powerful for the latest games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 4, N.O.V.A 3 or GTA San Andreas. But there is still a gazillion of older games released in 2012 or before that year, which you can play them in smooth performance and in full graphics on this tablet.
  3. If you ask me, which one between the 7.7-inch model and this 8.9-inch variant that you should pick up (especially if you’re into gaming), then i would suggest you to pick the 7.7-inch model given that it’s powered by Mali-400 GPU, which already proved to be powerful in handling games. With this GPU, you can even play the latest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dead Trigger 2, N.O.V.A 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted or Real Racing 3 – all in medium to high full graphics. You can even play GTA San Andreas on this Mali-400 tablet, although only in medium graphics setting of course.

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