A Move Towards 8-Inch Tablets
While the modern day tablet industry started out with 7-inch and 10-inch variants, the increasing adoption of phablet devices, which typically have screen sizes ranging from 5.5 to 6.44-inches, and the fact that 7-inch tablets don't offer enough screen real estate space have kick started the rise of 8-inch tablets. In fact, they are steadily gaining traction as they provide a fine balance between screen real estate and portability. For the most part, 10-inch tablets are great for media consumption and entertainment, but their size makes them less portable and unwieldy to manage for comfortable on the go usage.
If you are looking around for a high-end 8-inch tablet, there are currently three notable models in the market: the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display, the LG G Tablet 8.3 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. Similar to our recent high-end 10-inch tablet shootout we've conducted, we will put these 8-inch slates in various usage scenarios to highlight their strengths and weakness. Before we dive into the shootout, here's a look at the specifications of the three tablets: