While the last year was considered to be the year of thin tablets, this year one should watch out for ‘super thin' slates. Although the era of flexible tablets are still away, Samsung is dreaming of ultra-thin tablet designs in 2014.
Samsung recently launched two razor-thin tablet computers in India under its "S" series. The premium tablet range arrives in the 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S and the 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab S. Both the tablet devices measures in at 6.6mm, and can easily trounce the Apple iPad.
The smaller Tab S model is both lighter and has a large-screen than the iPad Mini with Retina display. The biggest reason why we would like to pick the Galaxy Tab S over the Apple iPad is the fact that Samsung's new tablet range comes equipped with Super AMOLED displays.
In fact both the premium tablets have a 2,560 x 1,600 screen resolution, which adds up to a higher resolution seen in the current-Retina display ducked iPads. Thus, we decided to take a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. Check out our Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 first look and hands-on review.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 - Form Factor, Design and Operating System
At just 6.6mm thick, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is thinner than the Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini Retina. Being an 8.4-inch tablet, the device is incredibly light, just 294grams which makes it convenient to hold one-handed.
The Galaxy Tab S 8.4'S design has been inspired by Samsung's current generation smartphones. There are dimples on the back, which instantly reminds of the Galaxy S5. Also there are two odd looking circles on the rear-back cover for attaching an external case. The tablet felt really nice, and it's not slippery too. That simply means that you can hold the device for a longer duration. You shouldn't be surprised to notice that the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is entirely made of plastic. Around the sides of the device is a gold-tinted frame, which not only enhances the look and feel, but it differentiate the tablet from the other high-end slates.
The Galaxy Tab S's biggest and most visible feature is the display with thin bezels around. The screen is absolutely gorgeous, and without any doubt - eclipse the iPad Mini Retina's display. The Tab S 8.4's display features a 2560 x 1600 resolution. Contrast ratio was excellent, and the same can be said about colors. Undoubtedly, this is far the best display we've seen on a mobile device.
The high-end tablet runs Android 4.4 Kitkat with Samsung's TouchWiz UI slapped on top. We tried to scroll through menus, and played a video too. There was no jittering in scrolling through a menu or running a video on the YouTube.
These days Samsung is not coming out with new crazy software apps, instead the focus has been on updating a handful of genuine features. For instance, the SideSync, and WatchON apps, are still very useful. The tablet's home button has the fingerprint scanner, which can be used for login and PayPal authentication.