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Samsung reveals super-thin and high-resolution Galaxy Tab S tablets

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is only 6.6 mm thin and weighs 465 grams.

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. 

Both tablets come with thin bezels.
The back features a similar pattern to the Galaxy S5 and Note II.

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.

The Tab S 8.4. is smaller than its 10.5-inch sibling but offers the same high screen-resolution.
The rear cameras boast an 8MP resolution.

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:

  • Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz quad-core + 1.3 GHz quad-core) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz quad-core, depending on region
  • Android 4.4 (Kitkat)
  • 8.4-inch  2560x1600 (WQXGA) Super AMOLED display
  • 8MP rear camera with LED Flash
  • 2.1MP front camera
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal memory
  • microSD support up to 128GB
  • 4,900mAh battery
  • 125.6 x 212.8 x 6.6mm
  • 294g (Wifi) /298g (LTE)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Key Specification:

  • Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz quad-core + 1.3 GHz quad-core) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz quad-core, depending on region
  • Android 4.4 (Kitkat)
  • 10.5-inch  2560x1600 (WQXGA) Super AMOLED display
  • 8MP rear camera with LED Flash
  • 2.1MP front camera
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal memory
  • microSD support up to 128GB
  • 7,900mAh battery
  • 247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6 mm
  •  465g (Wifi)/ 467g (LTE)

  

Comments

Total comments: 37
Odin Oneeye
By Odin Oneeye (1 week ago)

Will any of the Galaxy tablets connect with my Galaxy 5-S phone, and if so, where would I be able to find some information on which features would be linked?

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lds2k
By lds2k (2 months ago)

I wonder where the intellectual property came from for this product?

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chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (2 months ago)

From Samsung of course (or are you suggested they 'stole' it from Apple, who themselves did the same?)

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Pierre Louis
By Pierre Louis (2 months ago)

NO HDMI PORT = NO SALE!!!

When will tablet manufacturers finally give us a truly USEFUL tablet that can connect to photo/video cameras, cell phones, gaming systems, laptops, etc, to dual purpose as an external monitor for live viewing or playback, as well as to provide a touch input interface to computer users (imagine using your tablet as a touch screen for your laptop/desktop's full version of Photoshop for example!)

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chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (2 months ago)

What's your problem; you don't need any physical connectors to view Android material on any tv equipped with wifi. Enjoy being left in the dark!

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Pierre Louis
By Pierre Louis (2 months ago)

Why don't you bother understanding a post before responding? I'm talking about INput, not OUTput. Some people seem to be too busy talking to stop and listen to what others have to say.

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tabloid
By tabloid (2 months ago)

Can one use them for making calls.
UK and US market.

Comment edited 41 seconds after posting
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chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (2 months ago)

Yes. SKYPE.

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OldDigiman
By OldDigiman (2 months ago)

What's the color gamut of the display?

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EthanP99
By EthanP99 (2 months ago)

why not have Sony's xperia z2 tablet instead? Its thinner, lighter and WATERPROOF

http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/tablets/xperia-z2-tablet/specifications/#tabs

Comment edited 10 seconds after posting
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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

well, I'd say the Samsung's main selling point is the high-res screen. If for some reason you need a waterproof tablet, then the Sony would obviously be the better choice.

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Cartagena Photo
By Cartagena Photo (2 months ago)

After having 3 different Sony Xperia Z2 smartphones all with trouble such as overheating, dust inside the camera lens, unsharp photos, lousy call quality, several software bugs etc. I would not own a Xperia product for the next many years. And I have Sony alpha 900, sony tv, hifi etc.

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EthanP99
By EthanP99 (2 months ago)

Unsharp photos huh, well i guess having top spot in image quality does not mean anything im guessing. Also software bugs on a stock android base? Theres almost no mods to the android on sony phones...

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

mhh, I have been using a Z2 for a few weeks no and no such troubles. Also used the Z1 last year for quite a while and really liked it.

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dennishancock
By dennishancock (2 months ago)

I can't find a new Galaxy S tablet at Verizon or Best Buy. What's the deal with Samsung announcing a product that's not in the market place?

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

Electronic devices, no matter if cameras, smarpthones or tablets, are never available in the shops the day of announcement. You might be able to preorder at some online-retailers but there is no guarantee that a Verizon version will be made anyway.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (2 months ago)

dennishancock:

Here you go, at B+H in New York:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclk=New+Release_New+Release&ci=16688&N=4229247068+4291237751+176

No cell networked one listed, bet if it existed B+H would stock a Verizon variation, since B+H lists other Verizon 4G Samsung tablets.

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JelleNL
By JelleNL (2 months ago)

And there we have yet another Samsung Tablet. It seems like they are coming with new tablets every month with hardly any differences...

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (2 months ago)

I wonder if Samsung included a decent sound card the way HP did with those Beats Android tablets by HP?

I wonder how easily I can pop the case open to replace the battery and flash harddrive? (That's something Lenovo did well with those Yoga Android tablets--not great screens and awful sound though.)

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Impulses
By Impulses (2 months ago)

Beats is the antithesis of good audio, and usually little more than a software EQ...

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (2 months ago)

Impulses:

No, there's more to the sound of those HP tablets, likely meaning that the Beats label signifies that HP used a better sound card.

The sound card in my HP (non Beats) engineering laptop is pretty good--way better than the sound from Apple laptops.

Never tested an HP Beats laptop, but I'd guess one of the factors is a better sound card.

These better sound cards are just something picked and approved by HP/Beats.

No of course, Beats isn't about serious sound playback--that's what a real DAC is for.

Comment edited 42 seconds after posting
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JLX
By JLX (2 months ago)

I don't know how and who convinced the average consumer that Beats = sound quality!!?? If you mean better than your 90's White Brand cd player? Maybe... If you want some good sound quality get yourself some really good gear (stop listening through your phone for starters). Get a Fiio X3 if you don't have too much to spend and you will hear how much you've been loosing all these years!... Get also a pair of Shure or Sennheiser earphones (models above 200€), and please don't get the Beats hip-hoppy trash cans ok? They're just good for metro style... If you want to really step up you need to get the Fiii X5 or even the Astell Kern player you could afford (cause they are really pricey) and some top shure/senheiser/jerry harvey/ultimate ears earphone models (400€ - 1100€). Then we can start a real conversation....

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Impulses
By Impulses (2 months ago)

If it's just using a decent Wolfson DAC or something similar then it doesn't really have anything to do with Beats, point is they don't make any of it so it's just branding over the top of someone else's engineering. I doubt they even play a major role in evaluating it tbh, the voicing of most Beats headphones is utter crap... Not just bad for their price level, just bad.

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Impulses
By Impulses (2 months ago)

Your tablet, laptop, and a "real" (external?) DAC are all still DACs (or have a DAC)... Not trying to be anal here, it's just that I don't think anyone calls it a sound card outside of the desktop market where we had actual sound cards... Which is just a DAC on a PCI card really (duh), possibly with a headphone amp if you bought a decent one in the last ten years (which still blow away motherboard on-board DAC, but most people could care less in the same way they could care less about dedicated cameras these days). Again, not trying to be pedantic, probably not telling you anything you didn't know either... Just trying to get at some clearer terminology.

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Impulses
By Impulses (2 months ago)

Samsung used to have some pretty decent Wolfson DACs on their phones early on, but they were still using their own SoC back then... They moved away from that at one point, no clue if the same parts mate with the Qualcomm SoC everyone are using these days or what they're using on the tablets though. I haven't found anyone doing even an inkling of decent sound quality evaluation for these kinda products...

Anandtech has been doing some interesting tests, though limited to a handful of phones. Just having X DAC or whatever isn't any kind of guarantee either , particularly if using headphones which will also rely on proper output stages and amplification. I'd dare say that part and the headphones themselves actually matter a whole lot more than the DAC...

Which is why half the time I just sidestep the whole chain and opt for Bluetooth output to a BT receiver that is a known quantity to me (decent DAC / amp), obviously Bluetooth represents it's own set of compromises, but many of these devices these days use a decent enough encoding profile that the compression isn't anywhere near as bad as BT on much older devices.

In a mobile setting the ambient noise or your own headphones are probably the weaker link anyway, unless you're using $600+ custom IEM (as most hifi full size headphones in the range would need better amping to reach anywhere near their potential), and in a non mobile setting I'd rather bypass it all with a Chromecast, Sonos, etc. A decent mobile DAC isn't hard to spec into a product tho, it's just an easy corner to cut or ignore.

Something like a $30 SanDisk Clip Zip could already get you one of the cleanest outputs out there (and it came out years ago)... Obviously it's of no help if the content is on a laptop / tablet but the point is good / clean audio can be had very cheap. Of course when you're trying to race to the bottom with a fully integrated laptop / tablet design, that's another story.

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ctransj
By ctransj (2 months ago)

I have the slate and HP laptop that equipped with Beats, and I think it's just marketing gimmick. If i turn off the Beats, there is no bass and that's is the purpose, Beats doesn't turn the small speakers to a sub to handle low freqs

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (2 months ago)

JLX:

It's not that Beats signifies anything great, but the Android Tablets from HP do indeed sound better.

The FiiX3 is nice, the X5 sounds better. However both are another thing to carry.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (2 months ago)

ctransj:

I'm not thinking of bass.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (2 months ago)

Impulses:

The internal sound card on my HP laptop is good, not great, there's no name attached to it.

My external DAC is a basic Music Fidelity (bet it uses a standard DAC chip, but I'm too lazy to look it up).

There are of course DACs (external) which can range in price up to at least $10,000 (often using internal batteries for power).

My point remains that these Samsung tablets could benefit from a better sound card (internal), like the sound card in a FiiOX3.

Separately it appears that HP has paid a bit more attention to things sound quality.

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noneone
By noneone (2 months ago)

Well, bunch of photographers now have tablets integrated into their workflow, in all kinds of places.

1) picture previewer
2) picture sharer (take with camera, post to facebook)
3) offload camera storage, either directly from camera card to tablet, or ravpower filehub / kingstong mobilelite need a phone / tablet to transfer files from camera card to backup media, no computer needed.
4) light presharing editing,

etc. Camera, flash, tablet, ... and some photoagraphers might be carrying using tablets more often than big on camera flash adapters ...

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

could not have said it any better

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Markol
By Markol (2 months ago)

I sometimes see people using tablets for taking photos, so I guess that's the connection to this article being posted on the dpr site. Otherwise I would think that it's slowly turning into a tech-blog.

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (2 months ago)

I see it all to often.

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DanielFjall
By DanielFjall (2 months ago)

People forgot what this site was all about.

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AlanG
By AlanG (2 months ago)

Well this can be a photo accessory. I use DSLR Controller software to connect my Samsung Galaxy phone to my 5DIII for tethered shooting. You connect them with a USB cord and the software starts up instantly on the phone. I could see using a larger tablet for this also.

Also, a lot of photographers use a tablet for a portfolio.

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Artak Hambarian
By Artak Hambarian (2 months ago)

I cannot believe that you watch your or any photos after only printing... or... do you?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (2 months ago)

DanielFjall+ Combatmedic870+ Markol:

Right, no one on digital photo website would ever car about a computer or a new good portable display, NOT.

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