At the New York-based Galaxy Premiere 2014 event, Samsung made its most awaited Galaxy Tab S tablet series official along with a number of impressive accessories. At the event, South Korea's most preferable tech brand showcased all its latest products.
To be precise, these products consist of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab 8.4. The accessories range comprises of Book Cover, Simple Cover and Bluetooth Keyboard. Also an audio gear series called Level consisting of 3 headphones have been announced at the same event. However, the company has not spoken about the pricing of these accessories.
If you are wondering about the pricing of the tablet devices, in the US, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 16GB Wi-Fi-only would start from $499 (about Rs. 29,990), and the Tab S 8.4-inch 16GB Wi-Fi-only will retail for $399 ( about Rs. 23, 940). Both these products from Samsung will go on sale in July.
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These latest tablets, according to the company is one of the best tablets that it has come up with so far. There are numerous features that Samsung has offered in this latest tablet series, which we have discussed in the sliders at the bottom. But before that, you might want to check out the key specs of the tablets.
The new Galaxy Tab S devices feature Super AMOLED displays, which are bright and crisp with great colors and viewing angles. Screen sizes are pretty much understood from the names of the tablets but yes it offers a WQXGA (2560x1600, 16:10) resolution, which should be one reason to be impressed with the tablets.
Both these tablets come with a 3GB of RAM and it are powered by home-brewed Exynos 5 Octa processor clocked at 1.9GHz + 1.3GHz. The slates run Android 4.4 KitKat and Samsung's Magazine UX.
These are the "thinnest and lightest" tablets Samsung has made at just 6.6 mm thick. The Tab S 8.4 will weigh just 294g, and the 10.5 clocks in at 465g, making it thinner and lighter than the iPad Air.
These tablets offer 16GB of built-in memory. In fact, that's the only memory configuration that will be available at launch, but the Tab S has a microSD card slot for adding memory up to 128GB.
There is an 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front of each tablet. The connectivity options on the tablet include a Wi-Fi, 4G LTE/3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, among others.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is packed with 4900mAh battery, and the 10.5 has a 7900mAh battery, which Samsung says will offer 11 hours of battery life. The Galaxy Tab S family also boasts a number of sensors - IR blaster on the side and a fingerprint scanner in the Home button are the main stars here.
Lets take a look at the best features that you will find in the latest Tab S series from Samsung:
The display used in the Samsung Galaxy Tab S series is the Super AMOLED one, that will offer closer to true colors because the it doesn't filter any light, and because it can reach 90% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, while traditional LCD only gets about 70% of the Adobe RGB gamut. Of course, AMOLED also promises better contrast and deeper blacks, and Samsung claims these tablets will offer the best visibility in bright sunlight, because they are 40% less reflective than traditional LCD.
The tablet features an Adaptive Display that ensures the best visual experience anywhere, anytime by intelligently adjusting gamma, saturation, and sharpness based on the application being viewed, the color temperature of the viewing environment and ambient lighting.
You can also pre-set professional modes - AMOLED Cinema and AMOLED Photo - which let users manually adjust the display settings for bright, dynamic results for both video and photo content. Samsung says that the tablet's advanced outdoor visibility technology makes on-screen content look bright, natural, and easy to view.
Samsung has also added fingerprint scanners to the new Tab S devices, thus making multi-user access easy and secure. In Multi-User Mode, the fingerprint scanner allows for access to individual, customized user profiles. And the big news is that the new tablets can support up to 8 different users who can have have their own "private mode".
According to Samsung the Galaxy Tab S is made for entertainment and comes packed with a variety of content including: Samsung's magazine service, Papergarden which is an optimized viewing environment for digital interactive magazines.
Also the Tab S users will get Google Play offers like access to a range of movie and entertainment content, including the Warner Bros.
Furthermore, Galaxy Tab S users can now enjoy Netflix, available in high definition for the first time for Galaxy users in select countries.
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. Galaxy Tab S, 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 also offers more apps compatible with Multi Window, allowing users to open up to two windows at once. The latest version of SideSync allows you to make and receive calls from your tablet via the connection to your phone, as well as drag and drop files from your phone to your Galaxy Tab S.
The Tab S line also offers all the features today's professionals demand, with the freedom to work wherever, whenever. The Tab S is compatible with office documents, and is enabled for e-meetings with multiple devices. Remote PC allows for quick access to the office from anywhere. Quickly share content between devices with Quick Connect, which identifies the best way to share content with nearby people and devices. Quick Connect also allows screen-sharing and device control with Wi-Fi direct.
The Tab S models weigh slightly less than iPad, with the Tab S 8.4 coming in at 294 grams (compared to the Mini Retina's 331 grams) while the Tab 10.5 tops the scales at right around a 465 grams, or 4 grams less than what the iPad Air weighs. Moreover, the devices are pretty thin at 6.6 mm. As far as design is concerned, the slates take a lot of design tips from the Galaxy S5, as the back is plastic with a faux-leather look.
The Galaxy Tab S offers a choice of several fashionable and practically designed custom accessories. The Book Cover accessory configures to three different display angles to provide the most comfortable position to watch videos, read or type. For users looking for the same protective structure of the Book Cover but with a slimmer design, Samsung offers the Simple Cover that offers a perfectly fitting, lightweight protection. The Bluetooth Keyboard is a new, ergonomically designed ultra-slim keyboard designed specifically for the Galaxy Tab S which perfectly pairs the device with the keyboard with a clasp for better protection.
Samsung also has new features like Kid's Corner to customize a section of your tablet for your children.
SideSync will offer options to answer calls from your Samsung phone on your tablet, as well as options to remotely access your PC, or transfer files between devices.
These tablets also feature an IR blaster which means that you can control your TVs or other devices from your tablet.
Moreover, the flagship tablets feature ample of other features like Ultra-Power Saving Mode, Group Play, S-Note, S Translator, Samsung Link, Scrapbook, Story Album, and more.