Samsung launches the 6.6mm-thin Galaxy Tab S seriesBy Tim Schiesser 8 comments
Samsung has today announced yet another line of tablets aimed at dethroning Apple's iPad from the top spot in the market. The Galaxy Tab S series comes in two sizes, an 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch model, both packing Super AMOLED displays and razor-thin designs.
The Galaxy Tab S is the first time since 2012 that Samsung has used a Super AMOLED display in a tablet, with the 10.5-inch model packing the largest Super AMOLED display Samsung has used in a mobile device. Both models pack resolutions of 2560 x 1600, and you only get a PenTile subpixel matrix in the 8.4-inch model.
Each Tab S is just 6.6mm thin, which is thinner than either the iPad Air or iPad Mini with Retina Display. They're both lighter than their respective iPad competitors as well, but still manage to pack respectably large batteries: 7,900 mAh (~30 Wh) in the 10.5-inch unit; and 4,900 mAh (~19 Wh) in the 8.4-inch.
Internally you'll find identical specifications across the Galaxy Tab S series. If you opt for the Wi-Fi only model you'll get an Exynos 5 Octa SoC with a 1.9 GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU paired with a 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7; meanwhile the LTE model will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.
Interestingly both of these SoCs seem one step behind current top-end: the Exynos 5 Octa SoC appears to be the same one used on some variants of the Galaxy Note 3, skipping over the new SKU for the Galaxy S5, while the Snapdragon 800 is slightly behind the current 801.
You'll also get 3 GB of RAM, up to 32 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, and the usual range of connectivity including Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0. Samsung has included the fingerprint scanner from the Galaxy S5 integrated into the home button, and the design used is very similar to that found on the S5 as well.
Software-wise you'll find Android 4.4 'KitKat' plus a version of TouchWiz we first saw on the Galaxy S5. You'll be able to interact with your S5 on the Tab S using SideSync, which streams the S5's UI onto the Tab S using Wi-Fi Direct.
The Galaxy Tab S series will go on sale in the United States starting July, and will retail for $399 (8.4-inch model, Wi-Fi, 16GB) and $499 (10.5-inch model, Wi-Fi, 16GB).