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In an effort to minimize the impact of last year’s ruling by a Dusseldorf court which issued an EU-wide ban on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet over Apple’s design patents pertaining to the iPad, Samsung thinks it’s found a nice way to weasel its way out of this mess. And

Samsung’s answer to this is simple, really: instead of fighting Apple’s re-asserted claim that its Galaxy tablets “slavishly” copy the iPad, Samsung figured it could delay the lawsuits in Germany by filing an invalidity bid in in another country, Spain. As a result, the German suits over the design of the products are scheduled to be put on hold until the process in Spain is completed. If all venues are used, the process can take as long as four years…

Cases covering five Samsung tablet and 10 smartphone models in Dusseldorf have been delayed for months by Samsung filings at the European Union Trademark Office in Alicante, Spain, in a bid to invalidate the intellectual property at the center of the dispute.

Samsung’s tactics might just work.

Any ruling by the Alicante-based trademark authority can be appealed internally and again to a European court. Moreover, the Alicante bid will inevitably delay the pending suit in Germany.

Another thing to consider: Apple’s design patent for the iPad is pretty basic – the company basically patented a rectangle – so Spain’s patent office could easily invalidate it.

Matter of fact, patent litigator Oliver Ruhl warns the Spain agency “lately seems to disregard to a greater extent differences that are merely due to technical design features, leading more easily to the cancellation of IP for devices with a minimalist design”.

This doesn’t bode well for Apple, which recently saw three of its prized iPhone and iPad patents preliminary invalidated by the United States Patent & Trademark Office – specifically, the rubber-banding, touch screen heuristics and pinch-to-zoom inventions, all trademark iPhone features.

And even if the invalidity procedures fail in the end, Ruhl warns, “the attacked products will no longer be on the market once the court can finally issue a ruling”.

He’s right.

Ansgar Ohly, a law professor at Munich University, explains Samsung’s huge risk could pay off in the end:

If you look at the design right registered for the iPad, it seems quite possible that the office will declare it invalid. It’s such a basic form, just a rectangle with rounded corners, that’s not individual enough to stand the test.

As we saw in the case of the $1.05 billion damages ruled in Apple’s favor in the monster Apple v. Samsung trial during August 2012 in the United States, there are many ways to dispute the ruling, some of which include assertions of jury misconduct coupled with invalidation claims.

In the fast-paced world of technology where new gadgets obsolete previous-generation models on a quarterly basis, it is no wonder Samsung is cunningly turning to a court in Spain.

After all, in several moths it will release the Galaxy S IV and other Galaxy products. By the time the German court’s ruling is put into effect, the infringing products will have already been replaced with newer smartphones and tablets, thereby reducing any damage stemming from a sales ban.

Still, such tactics won’t work in the case of the European Commission’s probe into Samsung’s handling of standard-essential patents, potentially resulting in a whopping $15 billion fine.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Vs Samsung Galaxy S7

The Samsung Galaxy S7 isn’t a huge upgrade over the Samsung Galaxy S6, but Samsung has done the most important thing: it has listened to its fans on the things that matter, then focused solely on those. In this article we’ll explain what is the difference between the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 – and why you might prefer to buy the S6 over the S7. Also see our  Samsung Galaxy S7 review and Samsung Galaxy S6 review.

Also see: Best Black Friday Phone Deals

The Samsung Galaxy S6 was – and still is – an excellent phone, and a year after its release it still tops our best smartphone– and best Android phone charts. But while Samsung really pulled it out the back with its 2024 S-series flagship, it fell down in three key areas, and it was these three things that caused many long-term Samsung fans to threaten to look elsewhere for their next upgrade. Also see: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs LG G5.

Expandable storage via MicroSD. A removable battery. Waterproofing.

Three things Samsung had previously included in its Galaxy S5, but did not see fit to include in the Galaxy S6. Little things, you might think, but much bigger when you don’t have them.

Thankfully, all return with the Galaxy S7 – save for the removable battery, although it is higher in capacity. Samsung has also bumped up processor- and camera performance, and added an always-on display. Also see: Best new phones, tablets, laptops & more at MWC 2024.

Our colleague Florence Ion remarks in the video at the top of this article that the Samsung Galaxy S7 is like an ‘S’ upgrade to the iPhone line, and that’s a pretty good analogy. Samsung hasn’t made any groundbreaking updates to the Galaxy S7, but it has changed the things that matter most to users. Also see: Best smartphones 2024.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Price and UK availability

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is available to Best Samsung Galaxy S7 deals.

You can also pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S7 from UK mobile operators Vodafone, EE, Three, O2 and Carphone Warehouse.

A year older the Samsung Galaxy S6 is obviously cheaper, and offers excellent value for money at £369.99 SIM-free ( Amazon) or free on contracts from £27.50 per month ( Carphone Warehouse). Also see: Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge UK release date, price, new features and specifications.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Build and design

The Samsung Galaxy S7 looks very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S6 – and that’s a very good thing. Also see: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

When Samsung revealed the Galaxy S6 last March we were in awe. It was by far the best-looking Samsung Galaxy yet, swapping out the tacky dimpled plastic for a Gorilla Glass 4 back panel and metal frame. Finally, the Galaxy S-series had a premium design to match its premium price.

Its mirror-shine finish quickly gathered fingerprints, but looked beautiful on the Sapphire Black model – and quite repulsive on the Blue Topaz version. Thankfully, it seems Samsung has ditched its pendant for garish colours, and instead of yucky blue, white, black or gold, with the S7 you now have a choice of just black or gold (though we can’t promise more colours aren’t on their way). Also see: Best MiFi 2024.

The problem with the metal-glass build was no longer could you access the battery. You still can’t, but Samsung has bumped up its capacity from 2550mAh to 3000mAh to extend battery life. And it’s made two more welcome tweaks to the build, bringing back the IP68 waterproofing of the S5 (without the fiddly port flaps), and adding a microSD slot for expandable storage. You can dunk the S7 in up to 1.5m of water for up to half an hour and it’ll be just fine. Also see: Best Android phones 2024.

Samsung is already being criticised for not adding the latest technologies such as a reversible USB-C port and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 ultra-fast charging to the Galaxy S7. It told PC Advisor at MWC2024 that it thinks Quick Charge 2.0 is fast enough and, as is the case with USB-C, people don’t have the accessories required for these brand-new technologies just yet.

One area it is keeping up with the times, though, is in its always-on display, also seen in the LG G5 that was announced on the same day. While the screen itself is the same 5.1in crystal-clear Quad-HD (2560×1440, 576ppi) SuperAMOLED panel as seen in the Galaxy S6, only the S7 can show you notifications and the time and date on its energy-efficient, always-on display. This uses a proximity sensor to turn off at night or while in a pocket, but at other times the information you need is just a glance away.

The Galaxy S7 is a little thicker than the Galaxy S6, but we like the way this reduces the camera bump on the rear, and the jump in capacity it affords the battery. Whereas the S6 measures 143.4×70.5×6.8mm and weighs 138g, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is 142.4×69.6×7.9mm and 152g. Also see: Best Samsung phones 2024: What is the difference between Galaxy Note, Galaxy S, Galaxy A and Galaxy J?

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Core hardware – processor and performance

When Samsung updates its Galaxy S-series the new smartphones always jump straight to the top of our performance benchmark charts. We haven’t had long enough with the S7 to run our benchmarks just yet, but we know we’re in for some good news.

Not only has Samsung included the brand-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core (2x 2.15GHz + 2x 1.6GHz) processor – or the octa-core Exynos 8890 depending on your region – but it has increased the LP-DDR4 RAM complement from 3- to 4GB. Graphics are now improved to the Adreno 530 GPU, too. We can’t wait to get it into our lab to see how it performs.

Update 29 February: We’ve just had confirmation from uSwitch that in the UK the Samsung Galaxy S7 will come with the more powerful Exynos 8890, not the Snapdragon 820.

The Samsung Galaxy S6, meanwhile, was originally supposed to get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip, but Samsung instead opted for its own octa-core Exynos 7420 processor. This is a 14nm, 64-bit chip built with two quad-core (1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and 2.1GHz Cortex A-57) sets. A Mali-T760 GPU is integrated. In our benchmarks it performed fabulously, with 4438 points in Geekbench 3.0, and 30fps in GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex.

Storage-wise the standard Galaxy S7 has 32GB of storage; the Galaxy S6 also comes in 64- and 128GB models, but lacks the S7’s microSD card slot. Also see: How to add storage to Android and How to move to SD card.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Connectivity

Something that may have slipped under the radar in all the hype surrounding the Galaxy S7 is where, oh where, has the Galaxy S6’s IR blaster gone? Admittedly, it’s not something I tend to use on the S6, but I know of several people who will be disappointed by its ousting.

Also missing in action: USB-C. Make that Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0-compatible USB-C. But I have to admit I do sort of understand Samsung’s reasoning behind it. Sure, Quick Charge 3.0 and reversible USB-C are super-fast and convenient, and I’m a busy lady, but I tell you what’s not convenient: needing to charge your phone and someone’s swiped the only USB-C cable in the house.

Charging shouldn’t be a major concern with the S7, of course. Like the Galaxy S6 it supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, and here the fast charging is extended to wireless- as well as wired connections. I can’t say I’ve ever found myself wishing the Galaxy S6 would charge faster, but I do often use a wireless charger so this is a pleasing addition.

The LTE network connectivity is up from 300Mbps Cat.6 to 450Mbps Cat.9 in the Galaxy S7, and Bluetooth is now at v4.2. Everything else is the same, so you’ll find NFC ( Samsung Pay will be coming to the UK sometime in 2024), dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, GPS and the usual array of sensors that includes the Galaxy S6’s heart-rate sensor and fingerprint scanner.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Cameras

As with processing performance, it’s impossible for us to judge camera performance without having spent more time with the new Samsung Galaxy S7.

On paper, it sounds as though the 12Mp, f/1.7 camera in the S7 is inferior to the 16Mp, f/1.9 camera in the S6 (which came joint-top in our phone camera comparison by the way). We’re told it’s not; we’re told its f/1.7 aperture and larger 1.4um pixels let in 95 percent more light for much improved low-light photography. But we’re just going to have to wait and see.

Both phones have 5Mp selfie cameras, the Galaxy S7 with a f/1.7 aperture and the Galaxy S6 f/1.9.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Software

The Galaxy S6 ships with Android Lollipop, while the Galaxy S7 comes with Android Marshmallow. However, the S6 should receive an update to Marshmallow within the coming months. Both phones overlay the TouchWiz UI, with several of Samsung’s own customisations. Also see: Funny things to ask S Voice.

Read next: Best new phones coming in 2024.

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Specs Samsung Galaxy S7: Specs

Android 6.0 Marshmallow

5.1in Quad HD IPS (1440×2560)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor

4GB RAM

32GB storage

Micro-SD card slot (up to 200GB)

12Mp rear camera with f/1.7

5Mp front camera

11ac dual-band Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO

Bluetooth 4.2

GPS

NFC

Heart rate monitor

Fingerprint scanner

4G LTE

Micro-USB

3000mAh non-removable battery

IP68

142x70x7.9mm

152g

Ipad Mini And Itv In Full Production, Analyst Claims

Hot on the heels of a pair of reports by usually credible The Wall Street Journal asserting Apple’s been working on a set-top box with cloud DVR and premium cable TV content, an analyst wrote in a note to clients today that a rumored iPad mini and an Apple-branded television set are both in full production now.

Based on supply checks, the note calls for 25 million iPad mini units for the September quarter and an additional 30 million units for the December quarter, which would peg iPad mini shipments for the calendar 2012 at a cool 55 million units….

As relayed by Fortune, Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek also wrote in a note to clients that Apple’s rumored full-blown HD TV set dubbed iTV is in full production now possibly showing up in stores in time for Christmas.

The iTV will sell two million units in the December quarter for an estimated average selling price of $1,250, he contends. Apple could also release the iTV in early-2013 because countering Amazon, Google, Samsung and other vendors with the iPad mini could be its first order of the business.

Misek is also shooting for at least eight million iPad minis in the quarter.

Here’s an excerpt from Misek’s note:

Recent data out of Sharp, Hon Hai and other specialty chemical and TV component suppliers support this. We believe Apple will leverage AT&T‘s and Verizon’s content deals for the iTV.

As pointed out on Twitter (via 9to5Mac), Apple is looking to partner with carriers AT&T and Verizon Wireless to sell the $1499 iTV with a two-year AT&T UVerse or Verizon FiOS contract, with Apple getting “something like $2000 per TV”.

In addition to that premium Apple television deal, Apple could be looking to sell set-top-boxes for Comcast customers.

Earlier in the week, The Wall Street Journal caused quite a commotion with claim that the Apple TV could be used as a set-top box for cable TV operators, marking a major shift in Apple’s living room strategy with its $99 hockey puck device.

The New York Post asserted back in March that Apple failed to negotiate premium deals because content owners were wary of financial terms and how any deal with Apple might antagonize their existing relationships.

Last month, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was spotted at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, reportedly lining up media moguls for a series of one-on-ones on premium content partnerships.

As for the next iPhone, Misek estimates Apple will have about 15 million iPhone 5 units built by mid-September, when Apple is expected to deliver what he described as “the biggest handset launch in history”.

Now, remember that Jefferies & Co. believes in the iTV so much that it in an April note to clients that Apple would start to manufacture in June/July what it referred to as the iPanel, an HD TV set that will be “so much more than a TV. It’s a display, gaming center, media hub, computer, home automator, etc.”, Misek wrote back then.

Is Misek smoking something or could Foxconn really be assembling iTVs as we speak, without a single parts leak of credible supply chain rumor preceding it?

Ipad Air 2 Vs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Comparison

Our Verdict

Apple and Sony have both designed and built brilliant tablets here, and it’s a tough decision between the two. The Xperia Z4 Tablet has some obvious bonus points thanks to its waterproof nature, its better screen, its lighter weight, its battery life and its good front-facing camera, but we’re not as keen on the overall design of the tablet, and if £499 does turn out to be the starting price it’s a bit on the expensive side.

Sony didn’t launch a new smartphone at MWC 2024 in Barcelona this year, but it did unveil a new iPad Air 2 rival in the form of the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. Here, we put the two flagship tablets head-to-head to find out how they compare in our iPad Air 2 vs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet comparison article.  Also see: Best new tablets coming in 2024.

In depth: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet hands-on review

iPad Air 2 vs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: Price & availability

First things first, let’s take a look at how much these tablets will cost you, and how you can go about buying one.

We were surprised by the high price of the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. We had predicted a £399 price tag, but Sony has now revealed that it’ll cost £499 when it becomes available to buy in June.

The iPad Air 2 is already available to buy, after being unveiled in October 2014. It starts at £399 for the 16GB WiFi-only model, or £499 for the 16GB WiFi+ Cellular model. Below is the full set of prices:

So far, £499 is the price Sony has revealed for the WiFi-only model with 32GB of space and it comes with a keyboard, so it’s possible that you’ll be able to pick up the Xperia Z4 Tablet at a lower price without the keyboard. The 4G version is £579 with the keyboard.

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iPad Air 2 vs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: Design & build

The iPad Air 2 and Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet are quite different to look at. The iPad Air 2 is smaller with a 9.7in screen, while the Xperia Z4 Tablet has a 10.1in display. The latter is a square, blocky-looking device compared with the iPad Air’s softer, more rounded design.

The new Xperia Z4 Tablet is even thinner than its predecessor, the Xperia Z2 Tablet, at 6.1mm compared with 6.4mm. The same goes for the iPad Air 2, which matches the 6.1mm of the new Sony tablet, reduced from the 7.5mm of the original iPad Air. So both of these tablets are exceptionally thin.

They’re light, too. The WiFi model of the Xperia Z4 Tablet is 392g, while the 4G LTE model is 396g. That’s actually a fair bit lighter than the iPad Air 2, which is an already light 437-444g depending on the model. Both are a delight to hold, but it’s particularly impressive that Sony has managed to make the Xperia Z4 Tablet so light, especially considering its display is bigger than the iPad Air 2’s.

The Sony tablet also trumps Apple’s when it comes to durability. It’s waterproof up to the highest rating available: IP68. The headphone port and microUSB ports don’t even need covers to make the device waterproof, so feel free to use the Xperia Z4 Tablet in the bath or by the poolside without a worry.

You won’t want to do that with the iPad Air 2, which certainly isn’t waterproof.

The iPad Air 2 is undoubtedly more stylish, though, with a brushed aluminium, unibody chassis, available in Gold, Silver and Slate Grey.

There are pros and cons to both of these tablet’s designs, so it could come down to a choice between practicality and style.

iPad Air 2 vs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: Hardware

Taking a closer look at the screen on the Xperia Z4 Tablet, you’ll find a 10.1in display with a 2560×1600 resolution, which equates to an impressive 299ppi. That beats the iPad Air 2’s 264ppi, 9.7in display.

Inside the Sony tablet is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, which is both octa-core and 64-bit. It’s paired with 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage and a microSD card slot for adding up to 128GB more.

The iPad Air 2, on the other hand, boasts Apple’s own 64-bit A8X processor and M8X co-processor, paired with 1GB of RAM and a choice between 16GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. It lacks the microSD card slot found on the Xperia Z4 Tablet, though, so you’ll need to decide how much storage you think you’ll need when you buy it.

We’ll bring you more detailed information about how these two tablets compare in terms of speed and graphics performance as soon as we get the Xperia Z4 Tablet back to our labs for benchmarking.

Connectivity-wise, you’ll find 11ac WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 and MHL 3.0, as well as an optional 4G LTE model for the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet.

The iPad Air 2, meanwhile, also sports 11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, optional 4G connectivity is available too. But there’s no NFC in the iPad Air 2.

Sony’s new tablet has High-Res audio, too, with front-facing stereo speakers, digital noise cancelling support, automatic headphone compensation and a new LDAC codec which supposedly transmits data three times more efficiently than Bluetooth.

The iPad Air’s additional feature that the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet lacks is the TouchID fingerprint sensor, housed beneath the Home button. You can use it to unlock the tablet, unlock certain apps and also use Apple Pay online.

We’ve not yet been able to test this claim, but Sony suggests that you can expect a whopping 17 hours of video playback from the Xperia Z4 Tablet’s 6000mAh battery.

That’s compared with Apple’s 10 hours for the iPad Air 2, so is particularly impressive.

iPad Air 2 vs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: Cameras

On the rear of the Xperia is an 8.1Mp camera, which uses Sony’s Exmor RS sensor. The front-facing camera is a 5.1Mp camera with a wide angle lens, which will allow you to get more people in the frame.

On the iPad Air 2, you’ll find an 8Mp iSight camera on the rear, which we’ve found to be quite impressive even though we think using a tablet as a camera is a  major no-no. The front-facing camera is 1.2Mp but does the trick for FaceTime calls, for example.

iPad Air 2 vs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: Software

Not everything is as black and white when it comes to software, as it’s often more about opinions than it is about facts. You probably already know whether you prefer Android or iOS, and there are arguments for and against both operating systems.

The iPad Air 2, of course, runs Apple’s iOS 8. You’ll get Apple’s apps and services including FaceTime, iMessage, iCloud, Continuity between your other Apple devices including Macs, access to the enormous iOS App Store, iBookstore, Newsstand and more.

The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is instead running Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google’s latest version of its operating system. Sony has added its own interface, though it’s not much different from stock Android aside from the pre-loaded Sony apps such as Walkman, Album, PlayStation and Lifelog.

There’s also PS4 Remote Play, which lets you play PlayStation 4 games on the device from the console over the same WiFi network.

Specs Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet: Specs

Android 5.0 Lollipop

10.1in IPS Triluminos screen, 2560×1600, 300ppi, 500cd/m2

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 64-bit

3GB RAM

32GB internal storage, microSD card slot (up to 128GB)

8.1Mp rear camera with Exmor RS

5.1Mp wide angle front camera

MHL 3.0

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac

NFC

Bluetooth 4.1

Nano-SIM (LTE model)

6000 mAh battery

254x167x6.1mm

392g (Wi-Fi), 396g (LTE)

Black, white

Review Del Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Pros

Excelente pantalla AMOLED de 120 Hz

Cámara decente con OIS

Clasificación IP67

Contras

Relación calidad-precio

Sensor de huellas mejorable

Diseño con partes de plástico

Nuestro veredicto

El Galaxy A52 se centra en los pequeños detalles, con una sorprendente pantalla AMOLED de 120 Hz, una clasificación IP67, cámara con estabilización de imagen OIS y la promesa de 4 años en actualizaciones de seguridad.

Durante años, Samsung ha sido el dominador claro de los fabricantes de smartphones más premium que corren con Android OS. Su prestigiosa serie Galaxy S ha sido la gran triunfadora durante mucho tiempo, algo que pronto se trasladó a la gama media de terminales. 

Dentro de esta gama de precios nos llega para analizar el Galaxy A52 5G, una de las últimas apuestas de la firma con las que pretende satisfacer la demanda de usuarios que reclaman calidad a precio competitivo sin que esto suponga acabar con sus ahorros. 

Con una pantalla rápida y vibrante, una cámara principal decente y una calidad de construcción sólida, el Samsung Galaxy A52 5G se comporta francamente bien dentro de la mayoría de las funciones básicas. Veamos el análisis a fondo.

Diseño y calidad

El Galaxy A52 5G no destaca por presentar un diseño sobresaliente, pero aún así, se aprecian ciertos matices heredados de la gama Galaxy de Samsung, como es la disposición de las lentes de sus cámaras traseras, que mantienen la línea más novedosa de este 2023. 

El frontal con protección Gorilla Glass 5 se combina con un marco de metal brillante que contrasta con el acabado mate del panel trasero, dejando atrás el uso de materiales con efecto de vidrio, esos en los que las huellas dactilares resultan tan llamativas. 

El teléfono se siente sólido en la mano sin llegar a ser de los más ligeros del mercado, ya que su peso asciende a los 189 gramos. Es interesante ver una clasificación IP67 de protección al polvo y a líquidos, uno de los primeros aspectos que suele desaparecer al reducir el precio. 

Sorprendentemente, también contamos con un conector para auriculares de 3,5 mm en la parte inferior del teléfono, junto al puerto USB-C y frente a uno de los dos altavoces estéreo integrados. 

Pantalla

El Samsung Galaxy A52 5G no es un teléfono que destaque en diversos apartados. Sin embargo, si tuviera que nombrar uno, está claro que sin duda alguna sería su espectacular pantalla.

Incorpora el tipo de panel Super AMOLED vibrante de 6,5 pulgadas con el que Samsung se ha fraguado una gran reputación, junto con una resolución Full HD+, un brillo máximo de 800 nits y una frecuencia de actualización de 120 Hz que destaca en esta gama de precios. 

Pero hay una consideración que conviene tener en cuenta, como es la falta de soporte de transmisión en HDR. A pesar de esta omisión, el contenido de vídeo se ve francamente bien sobre un panel tan vibrante.

El cristal del panel ahora es totalmente plano frente a lo que Samsung nos tenía acostumbrados en el pasado, lo cual no le sienta nada mal ya que la ausencia de bordes convierten al teléfono en un modelo más manejable en el día a día. 

Con una relación de pantalla-cuerpo del 84,1 %, los biseles del Galaxy A52 5G no son los más delgados que encontrarás dentro de los móviles de gama media, pero son lo suficientemente delgados como para no distraer la visualización de contenido. 

Con respecto al anillo que tiene la cámara frontal perforada en la pantalla, cabe destacar que podría ser menos llamativa y de menor tamaño. Es un punto a mejorar y que ya hemos visto en otros modelos como el Poco F3.

El sensor de huellas dactilares tampoco destaca por garantizar una alta eficiencia, con procesos de desbloqueo algo lentos y poco fiables para nuestro gusto frente a lo que puedes encontrar en otros modelos de móviles de nueva generación. 

Especificaciones y rendimiento

Samsung ha mejorado con éxito las especificaciones del nuevo A52 al incluir en su último teléfono de gama media un procesador más potente que en ocasiones anteriores. Como uso generalizado, el terminal se desenvuelve francamente bien. 

En su interior, el chips Snapdragon 750G como mejora frente al uso del Exynos 9611 del Galaxy A51, aunque todavía sin llegar a impresionar. De hecho, se queda atrás en rendimiento frente a lo que ofrecen otros de precio similar. 

Por citar un ejemplo, el OnePlus Nord corre con un Snapdragon 765G con el que conseguimos registrar entre un 20 y un 30 % más de velocidad de fotogramas en nuestro grupo de pruebas basadas en GFXBench. 

Por su parte, un dispositivo como el Poco F3 que corre con un Snapdragon 870 todavía más rápido, obtuvo una puntuación dos o tres veces más alta en estas mismas pruebas. 

Como verás en las gráficas de rendimiento, Genshin Impact en el A52 5G se establece por defecto en configuraciones bajas desde el principio. Puedes forzar esos ajustes a ‘Alto y 60 fps’, pero el resultado es extremadamente lento y entrecortado. 

El Poco F3, en comparación, está predeterminado en ‘Medio’ y se puede subir a ‘Alto / 60 fps’ con resultados perfectamente asumibles en gráficos. Y en términos de rendimiento puro de la CPU, una puntuación de 1886 multinúcleo de Geekbench 5 coloca al A52 5G ligeramente por detrás del OnePlus Nord y del Poco F3.

La mayoría de las personas no compararán el rendimiento del Galaxy A52 5G de manera tan directa, por supuesto, y en el uso general, funciona bien. La pantalla de 120 Hz de Samsung se siente fluida al desplazarte por los menús como ninguna otra de su categoría. 

También obtienes con su configuración valores de RAM de 6 u 8 GB, por lo que cambiar entre aplicaciones abiertas, en multitarea o ejecutadas en segundo plano, tampoco son un problema para el Galaxy A52 5G. 

Solo aquellos usuarios que hayan usado previamente teléfonos más premium, podrán notar la diferencia. Pero para la mayoría de las personas, y en la mayoría de los escenarios, esto no será un problema 

Al fin y al cabo, no estamos comprando todo un modelo buque insignia. Pero el Poco F3 obtiene un rendimiento notablemente mejor de una versión mejorada del chip líder del año pasado, y lo hace por unos 70 € menos que el Galaxy A52 5G.

Cámaras

Hoy en día, el apartado de fotografía es algo que puedes abordar con cualquier teléfono móvil inteligente en mejor o peor medida. Sin embargo, los resultados que obtienes con los modelos buque insignia no son comparables con la gama media, a menos que tengas un modelo Google Pixel. 

Sin embargo, aunque la cámara del Samsung Galaxy A52 5G no coincide con el aplomo de apuntar y disparar del Google Pixel 4a, sí da buena cuenta de los resultados decentes que puedes conseguir.

En particular, su sensor principal de 64 MP captura tomas brillantes y razonablemente detalladas con la gama de colores ligeramente potenciada que ya forma parte de la marca Samsung. Te guste o no, el Galaxy A52 los representa bien.

En comparación con otros como el Poco F3, que usamos uno al lado del otro durante nuestras pruebas, las tomas del Galaxy A52 5G son mucho más brillantes y, en general, mejores ofreciendo detalles finos. 

Samsung a menudo también logra rescatar más detalles en situaciones de HDR, aunque la compensación puede ser la extraña escena hiperreal o sobreexpuesta. En ciertos escenarios, la cámara del Galaxy A52 5G va demasiado lejos con un procesamiento contundente. 

Por ejemplo, cuando retratamos una pizza recién salida del horno, el móvil de Samsung hizo que toda la escena se viera especialmente amarilla alejándose del aspecto real, mientras que el modelo Poco F3 la capturó en todo su esplendor. 

Ya mencionamos que el Galaxy A52 5G incluye algunos detalles pequeños pero significativos, y uno de ellos es la inclusión de OIS. Esta tecnología de estabilización de fotos todavía no es un hecho en los teléfonos de gama media. 

Ni el Poco F3 ni el OnePlus 9 más caro la tienen, por ejemplo, aunque el OnePlus Nord sí. En cualquier caso, felicitaciones a Samsung por incluirlo en esta gama de precios, ya que es un extra bastante interesante de cara a conseguir mejores resultados. 

Gracias en parte a este OIS, el Galaxy A52 5G captura tomas nocturnas relativamente brillantes y claras. Ciertamente son más brillantes que las del Poco F3, con más detalles visibles en la oscuridad, aunque a cambio sufrirás de ciertos niveles de grano más obvios.

Del mismo modo, no son comparables los resultados del sensor ultra ancho de 12 MP del Galaxy A52 5G con un equivalente de buque insignia, pero las tomas que produce son decentes por el dinero que pagas. 

Para compararlo nuevamente con el Poco F3, las tomas ultra anchas del Galaxy A52 5G salieron mucho mejor, con detalles y exposición superiores, mucha menos suavidad hacia los bordes y una perspectiva considerablemente más amplia de 123 grados.

El Galaxy A52 5G captura bien los retratos, con un sujeto claramente delineado y un bokeh suave. Sin embargo, Samsung todavía necesita trabajar un poco en sus tonos de piel, ya que no se ven tan naturales como algunos de sus rivales.

Las selfies con la cámara frontal de 32 MP del teléfono también se ven bien, aunque los resultados son más borrosos que con la cámara principal. Ser capaz de tomar selfies más amplios también es bueno en teoría, pero la diferencia de perspectiva no es tan pronunciada.

Es una pena que Samsung cediera a las tendencias actuales de mejora de estadísticas y equipara su teléfono con un par de sensores superfluos de 5 MP, uno para asistir en la profundidad, y otro para tomas macro. 

Preferiríamos haberlo visto dedicar todo su esfuerzo y recursos considerables a esas dos cámaras principales, pero esa parece ser la tendencia del mercado actual. 

Lamentablemente, no hay un sensor de telefoto en el Galaxy A52 5G, pero el sensor principal de 64 MP de densidad de píxeles permite tomas 2x aceptables a través del recorte. Sin embargo, no recomendamos abusar del mismo.

Añade a todo este plantel grabaciones de vídeo en 4K / 30fps o 1080p / 60fps, y tendrás una cámara sólida pero poco espectacular. Una vez más, Samsung ha optado por la coherencia por encima de la calidad sobresaliente, lo cual parece ser una elección inteligente. 

Autonomía y carga rápida

La capacidad de la batería del A52 5G es de 4.500 mAh, y aunque no es un valor destacable frente a competidores que apuestas por las de 5.000 mAh, cabe decir que el terminal se comportó de manera eficiente.

Parece no afectarle para nada el hecho de que tenga que operar con un panel Super AMOLED cuya frecuencia de actualización escala a los 120 Hz, lo cual siempre representa un consumo extra. 

Es evidente que rara vez podrás superar los dos días de uso del mismo, salvo que uno de ellos hayas sido muy conservador con su uso, pero superarás el día completo sin problema alguno. 

Nuestra prueba de batería con PC Mark nos dio como resultado una puntuación de 11 horas y 3 minutos, colocando al al Galaxy A52 5G entre el Galaxy S21 (8:04) y el Galaxy S20 FE (12:35).

Ya con nuestras pruebas habituales logramos pasar de las 15 horas y media que se convierte en un día y medio de uso, con cuatro horas de pantalla a tiempo antes de que se activara el estado de bajo consumo del 15 %. Esto con la pantalla funcionando a 120 Hz. 

La carga rápida del A52 5G no es de las mejores dentro de su categoría, ya que la provisión de Samsung alcanza los 15 W, lejos de lo que ofrece la competencia que aquí aprieta con 30 W fácilmente superados por Xiaomi, Oppo o Realme. 

Esto nos deja unos tiempos de carga de un 31 % para una carga de media hora, lo cual no es nada especial para tratarse de un móvil de 2023, donde vemos como muchos teléfonos alcanzan su carga completa en poco más de una hora. 

Tampoco disponemos de opción de carga inalámbrica, algo que no suele ser habitual en modelos cuyo precio se encuentra por debajo de los 500 €, salvo que optes por el iPhone SE donde Apple lo clava en este apartado. 

Software

El A52 5G viene con la capa de personalización One UI 3.1 de Samsung sobre Android 11.

El software de Samsung ha mejorado considerablemente desde tiempos atrás de TouchWiz, que en ocasiones se parecía a una especie de aplicación de ‘mi primer teléfono inteligente’ que podría usar para distraer a un niño pequeño. 

La compañía ahora muestra un toque considerablemente más ligero con sus esfuerzos de personalización, incluso en comparación con versiones anteriores de One UI, y efectos y animaciones mucho más modernas por las que recibe un alto grado de reconocimiento. 

Samsung Daily ha sido cambiado de su posición de la izquierda de la pantalla en favor de incluir Google Feed, que es un cambio para mejor. Sin embargo, no te equivoques, ya que One UI todavía presenta un frente ocupado. 

El asistente de Bixby todavía permanece ahí, listo para ser descubierto con una pulsación prolongada del botón de encendido, ya sin botón físico dedicado.

Constantemente me topé con una notificación que no se podía deslizar tratando de vincular nuestras cuentas de Samsung y Microsoft, lo cual era molesto. Las notificaciones también demostraron ser un poco inestables en el A52 5G.

Mientras tanto, obtienes una serie de aplicaciones preinstaladas que puede que desees o no, incluso aparte de la extensa lista de instalaciones opcionales. Eso incluye la aplicación de noticias Samsung Free, TikTok, Netflix y Microsoft OneDrive. 

No obstante, es mucho menos atroz que otras marcas. Incluso con su provisión de software, Samsung se las arregla para hacer un esfuerzo adicional. Cuatro años de actualizaciones de seguridad es una promesa que nadie debe ignorar.

Con todo, One UI es una interfaz rápida, fluida y manejable, la cual ofrece un amplio potencial de personalización.

Precio y disponibilidad

El Samsung Galaxy A52 5G se encuentra a la venta a un precio recomendado de 429 € para la configuración más básica siempre que sea 5G, ya que Samsung ofrece la posibilidad de adquirirlo sin 5G a un precio inferior de 349 €.

Esto lo coloca en el mercado de gama media, al doble del precio del Poco X3 NFC y a la mitad del precio del OnePlus 9 Pro. Los más contemporáneos puede que barajen otros modelos como el OnePlus Nord a 369 €, el Poco F3 a 329 €, el Google Pixel 4a a 389 € o el iPhone SE a 489 €.

En términos de lo que obtienes por lo que pagas, los dos últimos teléfonos no vienen con la conectividad 5G del Galaxy A52 5G. Por su parte, solo el Poco F3 coincide con la pantalla AMOLED de 120 Hz de Samsung. 

Pero todos esos teléfonos, excepto el Pixel 4a, te brindarán un rendimiento superior, y el teléfono de Google te brinda una mejor cámara. Con todo, el nuevo Galaxy A52 5G es una buena opción si estás pensando en consumir contenido en su pantalla. 

Veredicto

El Samsung Galaxy A52 5G ofrece un conjunto de características muy a la altura de un teléfono de gama media equilibrado y bien considerado. Su componente más destacado es la excelente pantalla Super AMOLED de 120Hz. 

Sin embargo, la impresión predominante es la de un teléfono que cubre todas las bases y presta atención a los detalles más pequeños. 

Aspectos como como una clasificación IP67, OIS para la cámara, un conector para auriculares de 3,5 mm y cuatro años de actualizaciones de seguridad pueden no ser tan atractivos como un cuerpo de vidrio y metal, pero suman para tener una configuración equilibrada. 

El rendimiento podría y quizás debería ser mejor, el sensor de huellas dactilares es curiosamente más inestable que la media, y este no es un diseño clásico de Samsung de todos los tiempos.

No obstante, la gente confía en Samsung por razones de peso y si cuentas con algo más de 400 € para gastarte en tu próximo teléfono móvil, la inclusión de 5G te garantizará el soporte de conectividad para beneficiarte de todo lo que está por llegar. 

Especificaciones

Android 11 con una interfaz de usuario 3.1

Pantalla Super AMOLED de 6,5 pulgadas y FHD + 

Frecuencia de 120Hz con cristal plano

Sensor de huellas dactilares en pantalla

Gorilla Glass 5 (frontal)

Marco de plástico

Chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G

RAM LPDDR4 de 6/8 GB

Almacenamiento de 128 / 256GB, ranura microSDXC

Cámaras: 

Principal de 64 MP, f / 1.8, 1 / 1.7X “con OIS

Ultra ancha de 12 MP, f / 2.2

Macro de 5 MP, f / 2.4

Profundidad de 5 MP, f / 2.4

Cámara frontal de 32 MP, f / 2.2

Vídeo de hasta 4K a 30 fps

Altavoces estéreo, Doble SIM

5G, wifi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac y Bluetooth 5.0

Batería de 4500 mAh y carga de 15 W

Dimensiones de 159,9 x 75,1 x 8,4 mm

Peso de 189 gramos

Colores: Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Review

Our Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is one of the best Android tablets we’ve ever reviewed. In terms of hardware it’s the best you can buy right now and has a superbly thin and light design. There’s very little to dislike here aside from some elements of the TouchWiz software and the higher price compared to Android rivals (the iPad mini 2 is the obvious alternative if you’re not set on Android). If you would rather save money and aren’t so bothered about top-notch spec and additional features like the fingerprint scanner and IR blaster, check out the Nexus 7 and LG G Pad 8.3.

Samsung has launched two new Android tablets so here’s our in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. Also see: The best tablets of 2014.

The new Galaxy Tab S range consists of the 8in model and a larger 10in model. The former uses an 8.4in screen size and will have to compete with devices like the iPad mini 2, Nexus 7 and LG G Pad 8.3. Check out our Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 hands-on review.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: UK price

At first, Samsung announced the 8.4in model of the Galaxy Tab S series would cost £349, a fairly hefty price for a smaller tablet. However, the firm realised this was a little over the odds, got its marker pen out and changed the price tag to £319.

That means it matched the Apple iPad mini with Retina display (coincidence we think not) but it’s worth bearing in mind that some devices on the market are a lot cheaper. The Nexus 7 can be yours for £199 while the LG G Pad 8.3 can be bought for the same price now after entering the market at £249.

The £319 model comes with Wi-Fi only so if you want 4G connectivity as well, you’ll be looking at £399.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: Design and build

The Galaxy Tab S models will in two colours: ‘Dazzling White’ and ‘Titanium Bronze’. The former has a white rear cover and front bezel while the latter is grey/silver in those places. Both have a copper/gold colours edge and details like the logos.

Somewhat more interesting than the colour is how thin and light this new tablet is. It’s just 6.6mm thick according to Samsung which is thinner than the iPad mini 2 and Nexus 7. For its size, it’s also staggeringly light; just 294g which makes it really easy to hold one-handed.

Those two odd looking circles on the back are for attaching a case – Samsung has gone for this method instead of magnets or a simple clip over. The Samsung Book Cover is available in different colours and, although it’s a little tricky to use, won’t come off easily. It protects the screen during travel and also allows you to tilt the tablet into various different viewing positions. The downside is that it costs a whopping £45.

Also see our  Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Apple iPad Air comparison review.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: Hardware

Samsung touting viewing as the headline features of the Galaxy Tab S range and as such, the 8.4in has the same resolution as the 10in model and 16:10 aspect ratio. A whopping 2560 x 1600 ((WQVGA) on an 8.4in screen means an impressively high pixel density of 359ppi making it the highest we’ve seen on a tablet. As you might expect, the display is amazingly crisp and clear. Samsung says the range has the ‘world’s greatest screen’ for a tablet.

It’s hard to argue with that although Samsung’s AMOLED technology isn’t to everyone’s taste. The punchy colours can be a little over the top making things look oversaturated and in your face so it’s understandable if you would prefer a more natural, laid back display.  

Fortunately, you can adjust the screen mode. By default it’s on adaptive display which adjusts the display’s gamma, saturation and sharpness depending on the content, but there’s also AMOLED cinema, AMOLED phot and basic. The latter provides a more muted look and feel.

Since the tablet is all about the viewing experience, it’s refreshing to see stereo speakers – although they are side mounted rather than forward facing. They pack a reasonable punch but quality deteriorates at higher volume levels. Think YouTube videos rather than feature length film use.

Although you’ll have to pay more for the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 compared to its Android-powered rivals, you do get technology which you’ll struggle to find elsewhere. Samsung has borrowed the IR blaster and fingerprint scanner from the Galaxy S5 (but not the heart rate monitor if you care).

It is a little strange, we think, that the IR blaster is on the side of the tablet so you’ll need to turn it round into landscape mode to make use of it which isn’t the device’s natural orientation.

Storage is a fairly standard 16- or 32GB internally (although we can’t find the higher capacity on sale yet) and Samsung, as usual, offers a microSD card slot which can accept up to 128GB cards.

There’s no downgrade when it comes to other internal hardware compared to the 10.5in model. The tablet has a very healthy 3GB of RAM which is partnered by Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa-core processor – it has four 1.9GHz cores and four 1.3GHz cores.

With the same core line-up as the larger model, we didn’t need to hold the front page as benchmark results were identical or only a few points off. We recorded 2765 in GeekBench 3, 14fps in the GFXBench T-Rex test, 3fps in the harder Manhattan test and 1089ms in SunSpider.

From a user perspective, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 provides smooth performance. However, perhaps not quite as good as the spec sheet suggests. We have found, like with the Tab S 10.5, occasional lag – sometimes just switching the screen on, or opening an app. Luckily, these lulls of speed were pretty rare so we can safely say that overall the performance is satisfactory.  

As we mentioned earlier, if you want mobile internet, a 4G LTE model is available for an extra £80. This device doesn’t have NFC but does have other wireless tech which you’d expect from a decent tablet including 11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.

Photographers will be pleased to hear that the the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has an 8Mp rear facing camera with an LED flash and a 2.1Mp front facing camera. Both camera are of decent quality, if you should like taking photos and video from a tablet and you can see a sample below.

Included camera modes are auto, beauty face, shot & more, panorama, HDR and dual camera but you can download more.

See also:  Best Android tablets: here’s where we bring to you the 22 best Android tablets in the UK right now.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: Software

The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is running up-to-date software so it has Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz interface pre-installed. The interface mirrors that of the Galaxy S5 with the firm’s own icons, widgets and drop down notification bar etc.

There are good and bad things about TouchWiz although these will somewhat come down to personal taste and how you use the device.

We like the ability to run two apps side-by-side on the tablet and you can access this feature (Multi-window) by swiping in from the right side of the screen so it’s easily accessible at any time. There’s also the way the recent apps menu pops up from the bottom of the screen without using the entire display, which on tablets is pretty unnecessary.

The notification bar is also packed with helpful elements including quick settings for lots of, er, settings and sliders for both screen brightness and volume. SideSync 3.0 is also handy for controlling a smartphone (calls and texts etc) from the tablet but it has to be a compatible Samsung handset.

Our main quibble is with Magazine UX which sits to the left of the main homescreen panel. It works a bit like HTC’s BlinkFeed providing content tailored to what you’re interested in. It also has a section for organisation such as a calendar and email but these only provide info if you use the built-in apps, not Google’s.

That’s fine if you use that kind of feature but Samsung doesn’t allow the interface to be removed, one panel must remain so at best, you’ll have to ignore it exists.

New additions include Papergarden, Samsung’s latest digital magazine service, and Kick – a football app which provides in-depth data and stats on players and teams. It also features the latest scores and information while games are in progress. It’s a shame that the tablet won’t be on sale until half way through the World Cup then.  

There is a load of free content up for grabs if you do buy a Galaxy Tab S thanks to Galaxy Gifts. By submitting a proof of purchase form online, Samsung will let you download some apps for nothing including RunKeeper and Cut the Rope 2. Even better is free three- and six month subscriptions to Sky’s Now TV service and Deezer.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 review: Battery life

With a smaller battery than the 10in model (unsurprising), you won’t be shocked to discover that the device doesn’t last as well. Perhaps it would with less demanding hardware than it’s bigger brother but as we’ve pointed out the resolution of the screen remains at 2560 x 1600.

The 4900mAh non-removable battery holds its charge well when not being used (on standby/sleep), as we found with the Galaxy Tab S 10. In terms of video playback, you’ll get a decent performance of around or nine hours on average (mainly depending on screen brightness). Samsung claims 12 hours of video and 10 hours of web browsing over Wi-Fi.

With varied use – we’re talking occasional web browsing, gaming, social networks, videos etc – you’ll find the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will comfortably last a few days before you need to charge it.

Specs Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: Specs

Android OS 4.4.2 (KitKat)

18.4in Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 359 ppi

Exynos Octa-core processor (1.9GHz & 1.3GHz)

microSD, up to 128 GB

16/32 GB internal storage

3 GB RAM

GPRS

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, DLNA

Bluetooth 4.0 LE with A2DP

IR Blaster

Fingerprint scanner

GPS

microUSB v2.0 (MHL 2.1)

stereo speakers

3.5mm jack

8 Mp, 3264 x 2448 pixels, 1080p@30fps

2.1 Mp front camera

Non-removable Li-Po 7900 mAh battery

126 x 213 x 6.6 mm

294 g

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