Samsung reveals super-thin and high-resolution Galaxy Tab S tablets
Lars Rehm | Published: Jun 13, 2014 at 14:57 UTC36
At an event in New York City Samsung has launched two new high-end tablets. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 have very similar specifications and mainly differ in screen size. Both devices offer high-resolution SuperAMOLED displays with 2560x1600 pixels. Samsung's earlier Tab Pro models came with the same resolution but this is the first time Samsung combines such dense displays with SuperAMOLED technology which promises more vibrant and accurate colors and deeper blacks than LCD displays.
Like Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, the new tablets come with Samsung's Adaptive Display technology which optimizes screen settings for different lighting situations. At only 6.6mm the Tab S models are very thin and at 294 grams for the 8.4-inch version and 465 grams for the 10.5-inch version pretty lightweight, too.
Given tablets are not usually marketed as image capturing devices it's no surprise the 8MP rear camera cannot compete with the camera modules in the latest smartphones and tablets. It offers a decent pixel count for a tablet though. No word was given on sensor size, so we have to assume the camera is using a small 1/3-inch chip.
Despite the thin bodies Samsung claims the batteries in the new models provide more than 11 hours of 1080p video playback on a single charge. In the the 8.4-inch Tab S this is achieved with a 4,900 mAh battery, the larger model features a 7,900 mAh cell. In terms of processing the Exynos 5 Octa or Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz quad-core SoC (depending on the region) and 3GB of RAM should provide plenty of power to run Android 4.4 and apps. For those who want full cellular connectivity on a tablet the global cellular version of the Tab S will support calls and text messages.
Like the Galaxy S5 the Tab S models boast a fingerprint scanner which can be used to change between up to 8 different user profiles. Available accessories include a range of cases and Bluetooth keyboards for both tablet sizes. The new Tab S models will be available in a number of markets including the US from July. The Wifi Tab S 10.5 will set you back US$499, while the Tab S 8.4 will be US$399.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Key Specification:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Key Specification: