After a series of leaks and rumors, Samsung today finally unveiled its latest lineup of premium tablet range in New York-based event. Namely the Galaxy Tab S, the new range of slates come in two variants dubbed as Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4.
The new tablets feature Super AMOLED screens of WQHD resolution (2560 x 1600 pixels). Samsung also uses adaptive display software to automatically adjust the white balance based on ambient light conditions.
The South Korean giant is positioning the Galaxy Tab S as a high-end tablet with more emphasis on content and hardware. The Galaxy Tab S tablets are one of the thinnest, measuring at 6.6mm, which makes it thinner than the Apple's iPad Air.
Just like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Tab S range feature a fingerprint scanner, Kids' Mode with own dedicated interface, Ultra-Power Saving Mode, Group Play, S-Note, S Translator, Samsung Link, Scrapbook, Story Album, Quick Connect, and a plethora of other features.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 - Highlighted Specifications
Talking about the configurations of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, the new tablet features a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. The tablet will come two different processors: a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and an Octa-Core Exynos (A15 1.9 GHz ＋ A7 1.3 GHz) CPU. The slate will offer 3GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of on-board memory, which can be later expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card slot. The Tab S 10.5 runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat.
On the camera front, you'll get to see an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED Flash, and a 2-megapoixel front-facing shooter. The connectivity options on the tablet include a Wi-Fi, 4G LTE/3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, among others. The makers have added a respectable 7,900mAh battery fitted inside. The tablet is thin and sleek (6.6mm) and weighs in at 294g (Wifi) / 298g(LTE).
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 - Highlighted Specifications
The other start product of the show was the Galaxy Tab S 8.4. As speculated, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has an 8.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. The makers have added a 4900mAh battery fitted inside. The rest of the specifications of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 are identical to its older brother i.e. the Galaxy Tab S 10.5. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S will come in Titanium Bronze or Dazzling White colors.
Alongside the launch of Galaxy Tab S, Samsung announced matching accessories for the newly announced tablet range. The company will sell Book Cover, Simple Cover, Bluetooth Keyboard and a unique range of Samsung audio products.
Conde Nast, National Geographic and Marvel Collaboration
The new tablets will first to ship with PaperGarden, a new subscription-based digital magazine service designed specifically for Samsung devices featuring content from Conde Nast, National Geographic, and other notable publishers. Users can use a Samsung Galaxy Tab S to make voice phone calls.
At the same time, Samsung has teamed up with Marvel. With the partnership Galaxy Tab S users will be able to access over 15,000 Marvel Comics through 3 months of unlimited free membership to Marvel's "Marvel Unlimited" app.
Further, users will receive a free book every month through Samsung Book Deals, plus the ultimate e-reading experience with access to a vast selection of e-books in the Kindle store.
Galaxy Tab S - Price and Availability
In the US, both the 10.5-inch and 8.4-ich variants will go on sale in July, this year. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 16GB Wi-Fi-only version cost upwards of $499 (about Rs. 29,990), whereas the Tab S 8.4-inch 16GB Wi-Fi-only will retail for $399 ( about Rs. 23, 940). Just for the reminder, Galaxy Tab S will be made available in 4G LTE flavor, but at a later stage. No word on India pricing yet.
With the Galaxy Tab S, Samsung has clearly sent out a message that the company is here to stay in the tablet business, despite facing tough competition from Apple. Not only is the Galaxy Tab S's hardware exciting (as expected), but this time around a special emphasis has been made on delivering services in a much more refined manner.
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