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Processor and Battery

We would have liked to see quad-core CPUs on these devices but Samsung has opted to go with dual core processors on both these devices. The Mega 5.8 comes with a dual core 1.4GHz processor while the Mega 6.3 comes with a more updated 1.7GHz processor, which again is dual-core. Worth noting is that both these devices will be based on the Cortex A15 architecture, and will have the Exynos 5250 chipset.

The Mega 5.8 features a 2600mAh battery which should take you through one day pretty easily. On the other hand the Mega 6.3 comes with a massive 3200mAh battery which would take you probably more than a day to drain out. Also worth noting is that the screen size difference is 0.5 inches diagonally, but the difference is battery is quite a bit so we expect the Mega 6.3 to give you a better battery life.

Quite obviously, the Mega 6.3 beats the Mega 5.8 in terms of processing power and battery, only if you can live with a bigger screen.

Connectivity and Features

Both phones have an 8MP main camera, which is capable of taking pictures up to 3264 x 2448 pixels in resolution, and comes with autofocus and LED flash in aiding the user. The 8MP camera also supports HDR. The front camera, on both the Mega devices is 1.9MP which should be good enough for video calls. Both devices come with Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean installed, which means you get the latest Android OS. As it is with Samsung devices, you will see the TouchWiz overlay on both these phones.

There is nothing much to choose from in between the Mega 5.8 and Mega 6.3 when it comes to connectivity and features, but the Mega 6.3 has an edge over the Mega 5.8 thanks to the addition of MHL video output and USB OTG, which we think are important features.

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For easy comparison for our readers, here is a table comparing the essential features of the devices:

Model Mega 5.8 Mega 6.3

RAM, ROM 1.5GB, 8GB 1.5GB, 8/16GB

Screen 5.8 inches, qHD (960×540) 6.3 inches, HD (1280×720)

CPU 1.4 GHz dual core 1.7 GHz dual core

Cameras 8MP with LED flash rear, 1.9MP front 8MP with LED flash rear, 1.9MP front

Battery 2600mAh 3200mAh

Processor 1.4 GHz Dual Core Processor 1.7 GHz Dual Core Processor

Other Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass sensors and GPS with GLONASS Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass sensors and GPS with GLONASS, USB OTG, MHL video out support

Price 25,100 INR 31,490 INR


While there is nothing much to choose from in between the two devices, the Mega 6.3 will definitely prove to be a better contender in the long term. Why? Because of a better processor, OTG and MHL support. Of course, you have to pay about 6000 INR extra, but all the added features should make your device a bit more future proof. In the sense, that there is no point in buying a device which offers specs less than today’s average. Going by the press release issued by Samsung, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 will be available next week for 25,100 INR, while Mega 6.3 will go on sale around June 10 for INR 31,490.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Comparison Review

Display And Processor

Speaking of the processors on these tablets, the Note 8 beats the Tab 3 8.0 hands down. This, because the Note 8 carries with it a 1.6GHz quad core CPU, which when compared to the Tab 3 8.0’s dual core 1.5 GHz, proves to be far more powerful. Another factor which should play an important role, apart from the processor, in the performance of the devices is RAM. The Note 8 again comes victorious with 2GB of RAM. The Tab 3 8.0, on the other hand, features .5GB less RAM, i.e., 1.5GB. This means that multitasking and hardware intensive applications will run smoother on the Note 8 as compared to the Tab 3 8.0

Camera And Memory

The imaging department of a tablet is often overlooked, because cameras on tablets are usually found to be sub-standard. The Note 8 and the Tab 3 8.0 carry the same set of cameras, i.e., a 5MP rear shooter and a 1.3MP front. So this means cameras are another category where there can’t be one winner.

On the memory front, the devices again share the same variants, those being 16/32GB. However, it is not clear yet if both the versions will indeed be available in India.

Both devices come with a microSD card slot which can accept cards up to 64GB in size, so storage shouldn’t be a problem in most cases.

Battery And Features

The battery on a tablet is one of the most important hardware components on the device. The device is of no use if a greatly powerful processor is paired with a paltry battery. Thankfully, both these devices seem to take this seriously; the Note 8 features a beefy 4600mAh unit, which can promise you a good day’s usage. On the other hand, the Tab 3 8.0 features a slightly less-powered 4450mAh unit, which should probably manage the same amount of run-time thanks to the less power-hungry processor. The quad core on the Note 8 is definitely going to use up battery faster than the dual core processor on the Tab 3 8.0. An additional feature present in note 8 is its Stylus, which you wont be getting with Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

Key Specs

Model Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Display 8 inch 1280x800p 8 inch 1280x800p

Processor 1.2 GHz dual core 1.6 GHz quad core

RAM, ROM 1.5GB RAM, 16/32GB ROM expandable up to 64GB 2GB RAM, 16/32GB ROM expandable up to 64GB

OS Android v4.1 Android v4.1

Cameras 5MP rear, 1.3MP front 5MP rear, 1.3MP front

Battery 4450mAh 4600mAh

Price 21,945-25,725 INR 28,500 INR


If you’re not into gaming or HD multimedia, the Tab 3 8.0 will definitely be the better choice for you. Why we say this? Firstly, because the device is way cheaper. Secondly, the Note 8 has a very powerful quad core processor you might not need most of the time. Thirdly, the dual core processor on the Tab 3 8.0 is bound to be better efficient at power usage, so you can expect to have a battery backup better than what you’d have on the Note 8.

On the other hand, if you’re into gaming or multimedia or any other hardware intensive stuff, the Note 8 is the one for you.

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Xiaomi Mi Note Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Comparison

Our Verdict

With a price some £120 lower than the Galaxy Note 4, dual-SIM capability and the faster hardware of the pair, Xiaomi’s Mi Note Pro is a seriously impressive proposition. But Samsung has plenty to fight back with, including what we think will be the better screen, longer battery life and special features such as an S Pen, a fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor and UV sensor. We can’t wait to get the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro into our lab and take a proper look.

Last week Xiaomi unveiled its Mi Note Pro, a much cheaper rival to the Note 4 that it says is the most powerful phone in the world. We take a look at the specs in our Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison. Also see our full Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review. 

Note that we have not yet tested the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and are merely comparing only the specs; your eventual purchasing decision should also take into account how the phones cope with everyday life. Also see: Best smartphones 2024 and Best Android phones 2024. 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: UK price and availability

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is already available in the UK on a contract or SIM-free. At the time of writing the Note 4 cost £519 SIM-free at Amazon. 

Xiaomi’s Mi Note Pro is not yet on sale in the UK, but it’s expected at the end of March with a retail value of 3,299 yuan. A straight conversion is £353, making it some £160 cheaper than the Note 4, although it’ll probably cost a little more over here. Oppomart is already listing the Mi Note Pro for $599, which equates to £399 (still £120 cheaper than the Note 4). 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: Display, design and build

Both the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are what we might consider phablets (also see Best phablets 2024) with 5.7in screens. Each adorns a Quad HD (2560×1440) resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 515ppi. The choice of panel tech differs, however, with Samsung using a Super AMOLED screen and Xiaomi opting for Sharp/JDI’s IPS LCD tech. We reckon this gives Samsung the slight edge, but both are brilliant screens. 

The phones are built around sturdy metal frames. Xiaomi fits its Mi Note Pro with a 2.5D glass front and 3D glass rear giving it a premium feel. Samsung matches its front but uses a faux leather rear that may add some grip. The Samsung’s back cover is also removable, letting you access the battery compartment and swap in a spare. 

The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is significantly thinner than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and a little lighter too. It measures 77.6×6.95×155.1mm and weighs 161g against the Note 4’s 153.5×8.5×78.6mm and 176g. 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: Processor, memory and storage

Xiaomi takes the lead in the hardware department, and although we’ve yet to run our benchmarks on the Mi Note Pro we can be pretty sure its Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip will beat the Note 4’s 805 hands-down. Clocked at 2GHz, this 64-bit octa-core processor is paired with Adreno 430 graphics and 4GB of RAM. By comparison the Note 4 packs a 2.7GHz quad-core 32-bit chip with Adreno 420 graphics and 3GB of RAM.  

You might not notice the extra complement of RAM in general use, but Adreno 430 graphics are said to be 30 percent faster than the 420, and the 64-bit support of the Xiaomi’s 810 will allow it to support future 64-bit apps. 

We have had the opportunity to test the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and found it one of the fastest phones we’ve ever reviewed (also see: What’s the fastest smartphone 2024). In Geekbench 3 it managed 3272 points, in SunSpider it recorded 1367ms, and in GFXBench we saw 27fps in T-Rex and 11fps in Manhattan. Expect even more from the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro. 

In terms of storage the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro has 64GB as standard (the Note 4 has 32GB), but it lacks the Samsung’s microSD support, which lets you add up to 128GB. 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: Connectivity and extras

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 stands out for its S Pen (stylus) support and features such as a fingerprint scanner, UV sensor and heart rate monitor, Xiaomi has an ace up its sleeve with dual-SIM support, which is becoming increasingly popular (also see: Best dual-SIM smartphones 2024). The Mi Note Pro accepts a nano- and a Micro-SIM, and both support 4G connectivity.  

The Note 4 also supports 4G, but has only a single SIM option. It’s also of the Cat 6 (300Mb/s) variety, compared to the Mi Note Pro’s Cat 9 (450Mb/s). The Note 4 can, however, pair its 4G connection with Wi-Fi to provide super-fast download speeds. 

According to GSMArena you’ll find Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band ac Wi-Fi in the Mi Note Pro, but other connectivity specs are to be confirmed. Meanwhile, with the Note 4 you will find an IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2×2 MIMO, plus MHL 3.0.  

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: Cameras

It’s impossible to say which is the better camera without testing them, although on paper the Samsung appears to have the better rear camera, while the Xiaomi beats it for selfies at the front. Also see: Best selfie smartphones 2024. 

Samsung fits a 16Mp camera at the back, while Xiaomi specifies 13Mp. Both feature OIS, but only the Samsung can shoot 4K video (the Mi Note Pro maxes out at 1080p full-HD). 

At the front the Note 4 has a 3.7Mp camera with a wide selfie mode, while the Mi Note Pro has a 4Mp camera with large 2-micron pixels. 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: Software

Out of the box the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz, but it will be updated to the latest version, Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro runs Xiaomi’s MIU 6 software, which is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. 

Samsung offers more in terms of extra software features, but this isn’t necessarily a good thing for all users. We do like the ability to simultaneously view two apps onscreen and the S Note app when used with the improved, however. 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Audio

Samsung boasts multi-directional voice recording for its Galaxy Note 4 with three mics, but for playback it’s the Xiaomi that takes the lead. It supports 24-bit/192KHz lossless playback of files including APE, FLAC, DSD and WAV. The Note 4 can handle MP3, AAC/AAC?/eAAC?, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis and FLAC audio. 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: Battery life

Battery life is impossible to guess from the specs alone, but we reckon this one will swing Samsung’s way. Not only does it have less powerful hardware and more energy-efficient screen tech, its battery is higher-capacity (3220mAh against the Xiaomi’s 3000mAh) and removable. Also see: Best power banks 2024. 

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comparison: Verdict

With a price some £120 lower than the Galaxy Note 4, dual-SIM capability and the faster hardware of the pair, Xiaomi’s Mi Note Pro is a seriously impressive proposition. But Samsung has plenty to fight back with, including what we think will be the better screen, longer battery life and special features such as an S Pen, a fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor and UV sensor. We can’t wait to get the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro into our lab and take a proper look. 

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Specs Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Specs

Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS

5.7in SuperAMOLED display (1440×2560), 515 ppi

2.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU

Adreno 420 GPU


32GB internal storage

16Mp rear camera laser AF with optical image stabilistaion

3.7Mp front camera

Video recording at up to 4K

Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Bluetooth 4.1 LE



Fingerprint scanner

Heart rate monitor

UV sensor


4G LTE (Cat 6)


11.9Wh (3220mAh) battery



Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Review

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Review – ANC in the big leagues

Active noise cancelling earbuds were arguably the stand-out product of 2023, and Samsung is starting out the new year with its latest offering, the Galaxy Buds Pro. Launching alongside the Galaxy S21 family of smartphones, the new earbuds promise not only audio isolation from the hubbub of homeschooling and working from home, but the option to intelligently blend the real world with your bubble of silence.

It’s hardly a segment with no competition, however. Apple’s AirPods Pro are arguably the best-known, but there’s no shortage of alternatives from familiar names and otherwise. At $199.99, the Galaxy Buds Pro aren’t the most expensive out there, but they definitely sit in the premium category. To justify that, they need to stand out.

The charging case is the same as we saw on the Galaxy Buds Live, a squared-off clamshell with a USB-C port on the back and support for wireless charging. Flip it open and the two earbuds nestle magnetically inside, with a multi-color LED to show charging or pairing status. Samsung says you’ll get up to 5 hours of playback from each earbud with ANC on, or 8 hours with it off; the case adds a further 13 hours or 20 hours, respectively. Five minutes of charging in the case adds enough juice for about an hour’s more listening. I’ve found Samsung’s numbers to be accurate in my testing.

You can wear them more places, safely, too. There’s now an IPX7 rating for water resistance – making the Galaxy Buds Pro safe in fresh water for up to 30 minutes at up to one meter’s depth – which means rain and sweat are no problem. They’re not designed for swimming, though.

I have fussy ears when it comes to in-ear buds, particularly those which need a tight seal in order to deliver decent ANC performance. While I was a little skeptical initially about the way the Galaxy Buds Pro fit into your ears – the eartips at the bottom, with the rest of the bud nestled into your ear – and the fact that, at 6.3g apiece, they’re heavier than each 5.4g AirPods Pro, they actually turned out to be surprisingly comfortable.

One of the things Samsung says it has improved is how much the Galaxy Buds Pro protrude from your ear this time around. The Galaxy Buds Live looked a little like bubbles of liquid metal had settled on the side of your head; these new earbuds are definitely smaller and less obtrusive. Quite honestly, I wish Samsung had gone for a matte-finish top cap rather than the shiny version, as that would’ve left them even more surreptitious.

The design may not stand out, but the audio certainly does. There’s a 6.5mm tweeter and 11mm woofer in each unit, and I’ve been more than impressed both by the amount of bass on offer and the clarity of the high-end. I’d go so far as to say they’re the best-sounding Samsung earbuds for music so far, and the nice thing is that you don’t even need to tweak the EQ mode for that to be the case.

There’s more bass than you get from AirPods, and the soundstage is fuller and richer. If it’s absolute masses of bass you’re after, I think Sony’s WF-1000XM3 still have the edge – even with the Galaxy Buds Pro in “bass boost” mode – but Samsung’s sound is more balanced and its earbuds are definitely more discreet than the beefy Sonys.

If you’re using a Samsung phone then the Galaxy Buds Pro rely on the company’s own Scalable codec, potentially cranking up to a higher bitrate than the AAC and SBC codecs the earbuds also support, Bluetooth connection strength depending. Of course you don’t get that if you’re using them with an iPhone (though they’re otherwise compatible for the most part) but in my general listening I can’t say I particularly noticed a difference.

As for the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), Samsung uses a mixture of external and internal microphones, along with its Wind Shield system to digitally and physically cut down on external sound and wind noise. The boast is 99-percent of external background noise can be cut out, though as always with ANC earbuds you’ll need to make sure you have a tight seal with the right sized eartips first.

Samsung offers two levels of full ANC – high and low – along with the option to turn it off completely. Or, you can switch to Ambient Sound mode, which offers a blend of ANC and external noise, adjustable across four levels. It’s useful if you’re trying to focus but still want to be able to hear someone else in the house or office; or, for that matter, if you’re trying to cross the road and not get taken by surprise by a truck.

ANC performance is subjective, and tastes differ. What I can definitely say is that this is the best ANC on Samsung earbuds I’ve heard so far. Not only do the Galaxy Buds Pro do a solid job of isolating repetitive background sounds – the dishwasher churning, for example, or road noise – they do it with less of the hiss that some ANC earbuds seem to layer on instead. That’s not to say you should expect perfect silence, and as always irregular sounds will make it through, but I’d say it’s on a par with what AirPods Pro can do.

Voice detect is a little less useful, in my experience. The idea is straightforward: temporarily switch from ANC to Ambient Sound mode when the Galaxy Buds Pro hear you talking, so that you can speak to a barista, chat with a spouse, or try to plead with your cat that she’s already had three lunches and isn’t getting a fourth. After 5, 10, or 15 seconds of no speaking, the earbuds automatically switch back to the full ANC mode.

It works – as soon as you talk, the earbuds flip over and you can hear more ambient audio, and then after a pause they switch back – but it proved to be a reminder of just how much I talk, or sing, to myself. If you’re cruising through your favorite Spotify playlist, having an impromptu karaoke session, you can expect the Galaxy Buds Pro to keep automatically flipping into Ambient Sound mode.

You can tap an earbud to prematurely cancel voice detect, but in the end I just turned it off. Your music pauses when you pull an earbud out, after all, or you can tap the outer touch pad once to toggle play/pause. A double-tap skips a track or answers/ends a voice call, while a triple-tap skips back a track.

If you’re not a Bixby fan, then, you’re going to be frustrated. You could argue the same for Game Mode, which promises less lag between audio and video when you’re playing games: it only works on Android P or higher Samsung phones, or Multi Mic Recording, which allows for simultaneous phone and earbud microphone use in the Pro camera mode on Galaxy smartphones with One UI 3.1 or above. Clever? Sure, but I’m not convinced they’ll swing the needle on a purchase decision.

Oneplus 6 Vs Samsung Galaxy S9

Our Verdict

When we reviewed the Samsung S9 back in March we said that it was ‘an amazing smartphone that will be hard to beat in 2023’. This remains true, but with its cheaper price we think the OnePlus 6 just has the edge. A OnePlus 6 might not have the waterproofing, expandable storage, or photographic heritage of the S9, but it does a lot of the same things for about £250 less. If you want the best, and don’t mind paying for the privilege, then the S9 is the one to buy. Those seeking a great Android experience, but wanting to save a decent wedge of cash, will find the OnePlus 6 very hard to resist.

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OnePlus is now selling its latest handset, the OnePlus 6, which continues the company’s trend of high-quality components and reasonable prices. So, does the new addition have what it takes to tempt Android users away from the current king of the hill? We compare the OnePlus 6 with the all conquering Samsung Galaxy S9.

Price and Availability

Samsung released the S9 and its larger sibling the S9+ back in March, with respective list prices of £739/ $719 and £869/ $839.

These are widely available from retailers and mobile providers, and it’s worth keeping an eye on them as they pop up with discounts from time to time.

Be sure to regularly check our Best Samsung S9 & S9+ deals guide for any bargains.

The OnePlus was announced at an event in London on 16 May and went on general release on 22 May.

There are three variants available, each of which combine different allotments of RAM and storage. Here is the list of options;

6GB/64GB: £469/US$529/€519

8GB/64GB: £519/$579/€569

8GB/128GB: £569/$629/€619

You can order an unlocked OnePlus 6 directly from OnePlus or on a contract from O2, who have an exclusive UK deal for the phone.

Read our Where to buy the OnePlus 6 feature for more details.

Design and Build

Android phones have taken on a taller, skinnier design in recent years. The reason for this is simple, as it allows displays to be larger without making the devices impossible to hold.

Samsung and OnePlus adopt this approach with the former installing displays with 18:5:9 aspect ratios, while the OnePlus is marginally larger with its 19:9 panel.

Size-wise the OnePlus 6 sits between the two Samsung devices, being wider and also thinner than both.


OnePlus 6: 156.1mm x 75mm x 7.75mm; 177g

Samsung Galaxy S9: 148mm x 69mm x 8.5mm; 163g

Samsung Galaxy S9+: 158mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm; 189g

Construction sees another shared ethos, with the metal chassis’ adorned with glass backs and curved edges. In the Samsung devices this permits wireless charging, but sadly that feature is missing from the OnePlus 6.

Both the Samsung models feature an IP68 rating, which means that they are waterproof. OnePlus doesn’t include one of these but states that the unit will be fine in light rain showers.

One immediately obvious difference is found when you turn the displays on. Samsung has resolutely stuck to its thin bezels and straight edge across the top layout. OnePlus eschews this in favour of the current Apple-led trend of inserting a notch into the top of the display, where a facial recognition camera is housed.

Flipping the units over reveals fingerprint sensors positioned under the single camera on the S9 and dual-camera units on the S9+ and OnePlus 6. There is also the simple pleasure of finding headphone jacks at the base of all the handsets. Yay!

It’s easy to see that these are attractive, premium-looking devices that are certain to catch the eye, as well as quite a few fingerprints.


Samsung make some of the best displays currently available, and this is borne out by the panels in both the S9 and S9+.

The former features 5.8in Quad HD+ SuperAMOLED Infinity display that runs at a resolution of 2960×1440, while the lager unit is the same except for its 6.2in size.

They are both capable of being very bright indeed, which is good is you’re going to be spending time outside in the sun, and render vivid, rich colours. As we said, these are great screens.

OnePlus doesn’t skimp on this area either, offering a 6.28in AMOLED panel running at a 2280×1080 resolution, which is a just little lower than that on the Samsungs. 

The notch along the top will be a matter of personal taste. It seems that most Android manufacturers have opted to include one this year, and opinions on this are definitely mixed.

Should you find the feature annoying, then there is a software setting that will black out either side of the notch, returning you to an OCD-satisfying straight line.

Processor, Memory, and Storage

As these are premium devices it’s no great surprise to find that the components inside are top of the line.

Samsung combines its own Exynos 9810 octa-core SoC, with 4GB of RAM on the S9 and 6GB on the S9+. These are bolstered, respectively, by 64GB and 128GB of storage, all of which can be expanded up to 400GB via microSD.

OnePlus opts for the comparable Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, with options for either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of storage. You’ll need to decide how much space you’re going to use for the duration of the device’s life though, as there is no option to add a microSD card.

For a more detailed look at the technical specifications of the devices, here’s a full breakdown;

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy S9Samsung Galaxy S9+OnePlus 6Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 OreoAndroid 8.0 OreoAndroid 8.1 OreoDisplay5.8in Quad HD+ (2960×1440) 18.5:9 SuperAMOLED Infinity Display6.2in Quad HD+ (2960×1440) 18.5:9 SuperAMOLED Infinity display 6.28in Full HD+ (2280×1080) AMOLED display, 19:9, 402ppiProcessorExynos 8910 octa-core processorExynos 8910 octa-core processorQualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processorMemory4GB RAM6GB6/8GBStorage64GB (expandable up to 400GB via microSD) 128GB (expandable up to 400GB via microSD)64/128/256GBPrimary Camera12Mp rear-facing camera with OIS and switchable  f/1.5-f/2.4 aperture12Mp rear-facing camera with OIS and f/1.5-f/2.5 switchable aperture + 12Mp telephoto F/2.4 16Mp and 20Mp rear camera, f/1.7Front Camera8Mp8Mp16Mp f/2.0Video Recording4K @ 60fps, Super slo-mo 720p @ 960fps, HDR4K @ 60fps, Super slo-mo 720p @ 960fps, HDR4K @ 60fps, Slo-mo 720p @480fps WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-bandGPSYesYesYesBluetooth5.0 with aptX5.0 with aptX5.0 with aptXNFCYesYesYesFingerprint scannerYesYesYesWireless chargingYes (fast-charging) Yes (Fast-charging)NoColoursMidnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Liliac Purple Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Liliac Purple Silk White, Mirror Black, Midnight BlackPortsUSB-C, 3.5mm Headphone jackUSB-C, 3.5mm Headphone jackUSB-C, 3.5mm Headphone jackWaterproofIP68IP68Usable in light rain showersDimensions148mm x 69mm x 8.5mm158mm x 73.8mm x 8.5mm156.1mm x 75mm x 7.75mmWeight163g189g177gBattery3000mAh3500mAh3300mAh


Another traditional area of strength for Samsung is its cameras. The S9 is something of an oddity in 2023, as it only has a single rear lens rather than the dual setup that can be found on most flagships at the moment, including the S9+ and OnePlus 6.

That being said, it’s a highly capable 12Mp sensor with an innovative switchable aperture that offers f/2.4 in bright settings, and a faster f/1.5 for when things get darker. There’s also Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) to keep things smooth.

The S9+ comes with the same main camera but pairs it with a 13Mp telephoto lens for greater depth in images, plus a dedicated portrait mode.

Both devices shoot 4K video at up to 60fps, and have a super slo-mo mode that can capture 720p footage at 960fps.

The OnePlus 6 is, on paper, a solid performer. The dual-camera combines 16Mp and 20Mp units, with f/1.7 apertures on both and OIS on the 16Mp sensor.

Video can be recorded up to 4K at 60fps, just like on the Samsung devices, but slo-mo maxes out at 480fps for 720p, which is half that of the S9 and S9+.

As the OnePlus 6 is still barely out of the wrapping, we will be conducting deeper tests on the camera performance in a variety of settings. So, be sure to check back if you want to see how it stands up to its Samsung rivals.


OnePlus may use its own OxygenOS, but it’s a very light overlay that leaves most things in the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system unmolested. Thankfully there isn’t much in the way of bloatware either, making the OnePlus 6 a fine choice for those who like Android the way Google intended it to be.

Samsung’s TouchWiz interface has been refined a great deal over the past few years, but it is still distinctively different from stock Android in terms of looks and features. Of course, for many people TouchWiz is Android, and if you’re one of those then the 2023 version is the best it’s been.

Opening the app draw will show lots of bespoke Samsung apps vying for your custom – email, calendar, etc. – but these can be replaced by your own personal favourites.

Under the skin there’s Android 8.0 Oreo, although the 8.1 update is expected to appear any day.

Related: Best OnePlus phones

Specs OnePlus 6: Specs

Android 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOS

6.28in Full HD+ (1080×2280) AMOLED display, 19:9, 402ppi

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor

Adreno 630 graphics


64/128/256GB storage

16Mp and 20Mp rear cameras, f/1.7, support for 4K video at 60fps

16Mp front camera, f/2.0

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 5.0

4G LTE (Cat 16)

Dual nano-SIM


Headphone jack

Fingerprint sensor (rear)


3,300mAh non-removable battery with Dash Charge



Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 Review

Our Verdict

Even though the Tab 4 8.0 is cheaper than the Tab S and Tab Pro tablets, it’s expensive compared to its rivals. Add to this some outdated specifications and it’s no bargain.

Choosing a  tablet from Samsung’s massive range is confusing. This is the brand new Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 4G & WiFi, which means it’s the fourth-generation Tab series with an 8in screen and has a SIM card slot for 4G (and 3G) data as well as Wi-Fi. Strangely enough, it’s also a phone and – if your hands are big enough and you can live with the unwanted attention from people who think you’re mad – you can use it just like a massively over-sized smartphone. See also: The 25 best tablets of 2014

The ‘phablet’ is available in black or white, with or without the SIM card slot, and sits alongside the 7- and 10.1in versions of the Tab 4 which also come in Wi-Fi or 4G & Wi-Fi versions, providing more choice than any reasonable tablet purchaser needs. There are, of course, other phablets to add to your shortlist, such as the Asus Fonepad 7 LTE.

The Tab 4 is aimed at the more price-conscious end of the market as opposed to the Tab S range, which is the flagship, iPad-rivalling series. It lacks the S-Pen of the Galaxy Note models, too, which are also more expensive.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 review: Design and build

Since you can still buy the previous model – the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 – this adds yet more models into the mix and even more confusion since when you compare the specs side by side, they’re basically the same.

What differs is the design. The Tab 4 doesn’t have a faux-metal band around the edge, instead opting for a thin chrome-esque bezel with smaller rounded corners than the old model.

The rear camera is placed centrally instead of in the top-left corner, but there’s still no LED flash. Looking at the back still, there’s a single rear-facing speaker as before but the microUSB port is now on the bottom edge instead of the side.

On the right-hand side are the power and volume buttons. Below these are two pop-out covers: one for the micro SIM card and one for a microSD card (up to 64GB is supported).

Either side of the physical home button are two touch-sensitive controls. These don’t light up – so you can’t find them in the dark – and are a pain when holding the tablet in landscape mode. For example, when watching a videos it’s all too easy for a wayward thumb to press one and go back or bring up the list of recent apps.

There’s no metal in the casing so although build quality is good, the Tab 4 lacks a premium finish.

 Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 review: Screen

As a “budget” Android tablet, it’s no surprise to find a relatively low resolution of 1280×800 pixels. However, this means a very low density of 188ppi which makes text look fuzzier than on higher-resolution screens. Some people may not find this an issue, but if you’re used to a smartphone or previous tablet with a high-resolution screen, it could be a disappointment.

At least it’s a decent quality panel. Samsung doesn’t state which technology is used, but it appears to be the same screen used in the Tab 3. The main points to note are that colours are vivid and viewing angles and contrast are good. It’s also nice and bright, but as with all glossy, capacitive touchscreens, is too reflective to be of much use outdoors in bright conditions.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 review: Hardware and performance

One of the main differences between the Tab 3 8.0 and Tab 4 8.0 is the processor. The older model had a dual-core 1.5GHz chip, but the new one has a quad-core CPU running at a slower 1.2GHz.

It’s fast enough for basic tasks such as email and web browsing, and running two apps on screen at the same time (see Software, below).

The change of processor also means a change of GPU, from an Adreno 305 to a Mali 400 MP4. If anything this is a step backwards, and the benchmark results speak for themselves. In GFXBench, the Tab 4 8.0 managed only 3.5fps in the tough Manhattan test and also failed to produce much above 10fps in the less-demanding T-Rex test.

Although you’ll still be able to play the latest games, you’ll find that graphics quality is pared back, such as in Real Racing 3, in order to maintain smooth framerates.

In terms of other hardware, the Tab 4 8.0 has GPS receiver, Bluetooth 4 (with aptX support), 802.11n Wi-Fi, support for Wi-Fi direct and also ANT+. The latter isn’t well known but means you can use certain apps which can talk directly to ANT+ sensors such as a heart-rate monitor or a speed/cadence sensor on your bike.

Most people won’t even notice or care about ANT+ support, but might miss the IR blaster which is usually found on Samsung tablets. We tested the Wi-Fi and 4G LTE model which definitely doesn’t have infrared for controlling your TV and other set-top boxes.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 review: Software

Another upgrade from the Tab 3 is that the Tab 4 ships with Android KitKat 4.4.2 rather than Jelly Bean. As with all Samsung tablets, you get the Touchwiz interface instead of plain Android. In some ways this makes it slightly more user-friendly, but in other ways is too bloated.

One feature worth noting is the ability to run two apps on screen at once. This means you could have a YouTube video playing in the top half (when in portrait mode) and browse the web or check your email in the bottom half. You can use split-screen in landscape too, and it’s easy to adjust how much space to give each app by dragging the dividing line.

Other features include SideSync 3 which will be handy if you also own a Galaxy smartphone as it lets you transfer data, copy and paste text and send and receive calls on your tablet.

Similarly, you can mirror your tablet’s screen wirelessly onto a compatible Samsung HDTV using the Samsung Link app.

You’ll find the usual collection of Google apps including the Play Store as well as Samsung’s own app store.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 review: Cameras

Oddly, there are no upgrades in the cameras department. That means that the main camera has just a 3Mp sensor, and the front-facing webcam a 1.3Mp sensor.

The back camera shoots only 720p video, and has no stabilisation at all. Both photos and video are pretty dismal compared to the best tablets, but they’re usable if you’re desperate. As well as the expected lack of detail, the poor-quality lens means parts of the image can be in focus while other areas are blurry, as can be plainly seen in the sample shot below.

One other thing to be aware of is that the lens isn’t particularly wide-angle, so you can’t fit as much in as you might expect. Switch to video mode and the image is even more zoomed in.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 review: Bottom line

Even though the Tab 4 8.0 is cheaper than the Tab S and Tab Pro tablets, it’s expensive compared to its rivals. You can save a few quid by opting for the Wi-Fi-only version, but at £240, even that’s £60 more than the excellent LG G Pad 8.3. It’s also more than Amazon’s 7in Kindle Fire HDX and Google’s Nexus 7, both of which cost £199 and have far superior screens to the Tab 4 8.0.

The Wi-Fi-only version is £80 cheaper than the iPad mini with Retina screen, but that premium is well worth paying if you can afford it. The Tab S 8.4 is also £80 more expensive but again, if you can afford it, you get a whole lot more for your money.

Price, then, is the Tab 4 8.0’s biggest problem because it’s just too expensive for the outdated hardware.

 We’ve rounded up the 25 best Android tablets of 2014, so check that out too.

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Specs Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0: Specs

Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS

8in IPS WXGA (1280 x 800) screen, 188ppi

Quad-core Processor 1.2GHz (Mali 400MP 4 GPU)

1.5GB memory, 16GB built-in storage (10GB available)

2G/3G/4G LTE, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 (with aptX), ANT+

1.2Mp front-facing camera, 3Mp rear camera, 720p video recording

Mono rear-facing speaker

MicroUSB, 3.5mm mini-jack, MicroSD card reader up to 64GB, Micro SIM card tray

4,450mAh battery

124x210x8mm, 320g (326g 4G model)

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