Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Gaming Performance Review (WiFi)

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August 7, 2014 | 0 comments
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Gaming Performance Review (WiFi)Hi guys, welcome back to this site!

Earlier, i just showed you some of the latest-gen tablets that just got announced recently by Samsung. And those are the Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets – from the smallest 8.4-inch to the biggest 10.5-inch models.

From what i’ve seen on all of these tablets, i can bravely say that any of these tablets are just great gaming tablets – no single doubt about that.

They have powerful processor, faster performance, highest-resolution display and great battery life – which are more than enough to convince many tablet shoppers to pick any of these tablets especially if they’re looking for a great media-consumption or even gaming tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 benchmarks and gaming performance

Anyway, after showing you guys 3 from 4 tablets under the flag Samsung Galaxy Tab S – from the 8.4-inch WiFi, 8.4-inch LTE and 10.5-inch LTE models -, now it’s time for me to review the last variant of this tablet series.

That’s of course the 10.5-inch WiFi-only model.

And similar just like the 10.1-inch Tab Pro/Note Pro series, this tablet still carries the similar spec sheet and even design language just like Samsung GALAXY Pro series – although it doesn’t have the “fake” elements like fake stitching and faux leather rear cover anymore on this tablet.

As a gaming tablet, i do believe Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 will be amazingly great for that matter.

It has the powerful Mali-T628 MP6 GPU and Samsung’s octa-core Exynos Octa processor, plus 3GB of RAM, which are more than adequate to deliver impressive gaming performance to this tablet.

However, in terms of gaming performance, i don’t think this tablet will be as great as the LTE model given that this variant is packing a more powerful Snapdragon 800, accompanied with Adreno 330 and 3GB of RAM. But we’ll get more on that later.

Well, if you’re interested and in fact, are planning to buy this tablet when it launches soon to the market, then you probably might want to check out my personal review of this Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.

In this review, i will mostly put the focus on the gaming performance of this tablet.

And that includes the battery life and the overall performance, while the other sectors like design, UI, camera and screen also get the fair share of my review (but not that prominent).

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Introduction

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 series actually kind of reminds me with the 10.1-inch models of Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro and Note Pro editions – which all of them carry 2 different processors, the Snapdragon 800 for the LTE models, while the WiFi/3G models get the Samsung’s homemade Exynos 5 Octa processor.

It goes the same with Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 WiFi-only variant that also sports the same Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 5 Octa processor, while is slightly less powerful than the “snappy” Snapdragon 800 processor on the LTE model.

However, there are still many other things to be liked on this tablet, especially compared to the Tab or Note Pro series.

For example is the screen that now is slightly bigger (10.5-inches) than the Tab/Note Pro series (10.1-inches).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi)

Not to mention, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 now is packing a Super AMOLED screen - which looks more gorgeous than the Super Clear LCD on the Samsung’s Pro series -, especially with its more vivid realistic and well-saturated colors.

The other “awesome” thing found on its display is, Samsung also made a huge improvement on the technology inside this Super AMOLED display, plus added great power management on it.

So as a result, even with this gorgeous display, this tablet now has much improved battery life than the previous-released tablets (despite having lower battery capacity).

Besides the improvements made by Samsung on the screen, this Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 also brings some bumped up specs and new goodies on the hardware sector.

From the bigger 3GB of RAM, better 2.1MP front-facing camera, longer battery life thanks to Samsung’s screen technology and power management on this device, bigger external expandable storage for up to 128GB, slightly lighter weight and the most importantly, the fingerprint scanner – which came firstly on Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, Samsung Galaxy Tab 5S.

But the questions are, with all of these improvements, new goodies, not to mention, some bumped up specs, does Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 have all what it takes to be an iPad Air killer?

Will this tablet still be capable and relevant to challenge other competing 10-inch rivals for the next few months, especially in terms of specs and performance?

Is it worth it to upgrade your Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 with this tablet?

Design

In terms of design, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is actually not a huge departure from the previously-released Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1.

It has the same looking design, it has those sharp looking rounded corners, and the metallic trim is still there all around the bezel.

However, there are some elements of the Tab Pro 10.1 that Samsung ditches from this tablet – like the fake stitching and faux leather rear-cover.

And as replacement, Samsung uses this unique dot-patterned finish on the rear cover of this tablet – which takes design cue from its latest flagship Samsung Galaxy 5S smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (front)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (rear)

Compared to Samsung Tab Pro and Note Pro series, i personally like this new design.

Even though the dot-patterned finish doesn’t make this tablet look more elegant, it’s still great to see how Samsung is really brave to experiment the design of its latest-gen devices.

I just really hope that Samsung will finally be brave enough to jump to a more premium material in its future releases.

I believe they are going to give Apple run for its money – especially if Apple still doesn’t completely innovate its iPhone or iPad in the future.

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  • No SIM
  • Weight: 467 g (1.03 lb)
  • Exp. release 2014, July
  • - Fingerprint sensor
  • 10.5 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 2560 x 1600 pixels, (~288
  • ppi pixel density), 16M colors
  • Exynos 5 Octa 5420 Chipset (Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7)
  • Mali-T628 MP6 GPU
  • 3 GB RAM
  • - Samsung TouchWiz UI
  • Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 16/32 GB Internal storage
  • microSD Memory Card slot for up to 128 GB
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus, 3264 x 2448 pixels, LED flash
  • 1080p@30fps Video capturing
  • 2.1 MP front-facing camera
  • GPRS
  • EDGE
  • HSDPA, HSUPA; LTE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,
  • Bluetooth
  • Infrared port
  • microUSB v2.0
  • No Radio
  • GPS GLONASS, Beidou, A-GPS support
  • Dazzling White, Titanium Bronze Colors
  • Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
  • HTML5 Browser
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 7900 mAh battery
Similar just like in the design department, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 also still inherits some of the key hardware specs of the previously-released Samsung Tab Pro 10.1 and Note 10.1.

It still features the similar screen specs, the same exact Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, the same Mali-T628 GPU and the same 8MP rear-facing camera.

However, there are still some sectors on this tablet that get bumped up to a much higher level – like the screen size that is enlarged from 10.1 to 10.5-inches, the bigger 3GB of RAM, the better 2.1MP front-facing camera, the bigger expandable storage for up to 128GB (from just 64GB), more attractive color options and the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat build.

Not to mention, there is also one new addition of fingerprint scanner on this tablet (which is still lacking on the iPad Air).

Uniquely, on this tablet, Samsung decides to lower its battery capacity from 8220mAh to just 7900mAh power battery.

This is actually kind of similar with what happened on Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone that gets smaller battery capacity.

The good news is, even with that smaller battery, this tablet still has great and even much longer battery life, thanks to screen technology and power saving management that Samsung has provided on this tablet.

On paper, then it’s really obvious that this tablet will blow most of the competition out of the water – even the iPad Air.

But it’s not only on paper, in so many ways, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is possibly one of the best 10-inch tablets across the market right now – alongside Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 LTE edition).

Screen

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 features a 10.5-inch display sporting of 2560x1600 pixels, which is the highest screen resolution on the market to date.

So everything that you throw on this tablet – either HD movies, books/magazines, heavy web pages, wallpapers or games, all will looks insanely sharp and crisp on this tablet – text is readable even in overview mode (or without zooming in/out) and images look really clear and sharp.

So this tablet will be perfect for browsing the web or reading books/magazines.

User Interface

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, on this tablet, Samsung decides to ditch the Magazine UI for the same-as-usual TouchWiz UI (I actually already explained the possible reason why Samsung did this in my previous review).

So if you happen to love the environment of TouchWiz UI with the same standard Android homescreen, the same widgets, the same drop-down notification window, the same icons and the same features that you’ve come to love on TouchWiz UI, then you will feel at home if you decide to buy this tablet.

There are also some new additions of features that Samsung has added on this tablet – including the ones that are synchronized with the fingerprint scanner.

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When it comes to performance, then it’s really clear that Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 really screams (and really loud!! LOL).

Even with that highest-resolution screen, this tablet can still deliver a pleasingly smooth experience to the users.

And that’s thanks to Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 5 Octa processor inside this tablet, coupled with Mali-T628 MP6 GPU (which is the most powerful Mali GPU today), any basic tasks that you throw on this tablet will run in fast and lag-free performance.

And the great thing is, there is a huge 3GB of RAM inside this tablet, providing you a huge space of memory that you can always utilize to multitasks many of your favorite apps – even all at once.

It goes the same when you use this tablet for playing games.

There are many games that will work perfectly on this device.

As a matter of fact, any game that you see today on Google Play Store – from simple games like Flappy Bird to even the highest-performing games like Modern Combat 4/5, N.O.V.A 3, Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or Real Racing 3 – all can be played in buttery smooth performance on this tablet, and the most importantly in full high graphics.

But this also depends on several different factors – like the well-optimization from the developers on this specific tablet, the screen resolution, the software and some other more.

So it’s still possible that there are some newer games that probably don’t work or even can’t be opened on this tablet.

But basically, with all the hardware specs that Samsung has crammed into this tablet, there is no doubt that Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is a great gaming tablet.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

Interestingly, on Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Samsung decides to lower the battery capacity of this tablet from 8220mAh (on Note 10.1 and Tab Pro 10.1) to just 7900mAh power battery.

I think it’s really obvious that Samsung has made a lot of improvements and tweaks on the power saving management of this tablet.

As i already mentioned above, this tablet is packing a high-resolution display (1600x2560 pixels). This is the highest-resolution display around the market to date.

And more amazingly, even with that highest-resolution screen, this tablet can deliver such a long-term battery life for its users – even in heavy intense usage.

So if you’re type of moderate user and will likely use this tablet only in your spare time and not in heavy intense usage, then you probably could manage to reach around 2 days in the row with this tablet – of course in one full charge.

And this is thanks to Samsung with its amazing screen technology and power saving management that are equipped on this tablet.

So even with that high-resolution display – and all of its pixels -, this tablet is still superior in battery life, despite using a smaller battery capacity.

It goes the same if you’re a type of power user.

If you’re going to use this tablet to do some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all – like for watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, then you can expect this tablet to last probably around 8 to 10 hours maximum.

And this is considered as really great because this tablet is packing a smaller battery – compared to Note 10.1 and Tab Pro 10.1 - and sporting the same highest-resolution display.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, there is just no way i would not recommend this tablet to you especially if you’re still in the search for a great and powerful media-consumption tablet with the highest class of specs among its rivals.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is – without a doubt – one of the best 10-inch tablets around the market to date.

In fact, this tablet – alongside the LTE model – is currently the best tablet that you can buy on the market right now – even better than iPad Air.
  • It has a really powerful processor,
  • it has great camera,
  • it has huge 3GB of RAM,
  • it has the fingerprint scanner (which is still lacking on the iPad Air),
  • it has more mature design and solid build quality,
  • it has great gaming performance,
  • it has long lasting battery life
  • and the most importantly, it has the best looking display on the market right now.
The things that should be highlighted on this tablet are:
  • its gorgeous and sharpest looking display,
  • its fingerprint scanner,
  • its great quality camera,
  • its smooth and fast performance,
  • its powerful hardware specs (Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor, Mali-T628 MP6 GPU, 3GB of RAM),
  • its great battery life (despite using a smaller battery capacity than Note 10.1 and Tab Pro 10.1),
  • its TouchWiz UI with rich useful features and last but not least,
  • its expandable storage for up to 128GB microSD card.
So with all of these goodies, it’s just hard to not recommend this tablet to you.

This tablet is definitely great many things, from watching movies, browsing the web, listening to music, taking photos/videos, reading books/magazines and of course, playing games.

As for gaming, this tablet is also really great for that matter.

Thanks to the Samsung’s octa-core processor inside this tablet, not to mention the most powerful Mali-T628 GPU and huge 3GB of RAM, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is more than great for playing games.

Any games that you see on Google Play Store right now – even the graphics intense ones – can all run perfectly and smoothly on this tablet, and of course in full high graphics setting.

But then again, it also depends on the well-optimization from the developer to this tablet.

This tablet is perfect for most of people.

If you currently own Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 edition) or Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, it’s probably great to upgrade your tablet to Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.

There are many improvements that Samsung has made on this tablet – especially on the display and its power management system, offering much longer battery life.

However, - just like i mentioned already in my previous post -, if you currently own Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, then you might want to think twice when getting this tablet because there is no S-Pen stylus on this tablet – as well as its features.

But the good thing is, minus that stylus, there are so many things to be liked on this tablet – which i’ve already mentioned above.

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