Last month, Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab S range of tablets at an event in New York. As expected, Samsung today launched the 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch tablets in India priced at Rs 37,800 and Rs 44,800 respectively. Pre-bookings for the tablets start now, and the Galaxy Tab S will hit the stores in mid-July.
The talking points on the Galaxy Tab S are the Super AMOLED display boasting WQXGA resolution and the fingerprint scanner. The latter is integrated into the home button similar to what was introduced on the flagship Galaxy S5. The Galaxy Tab S is also the slimmest (6.6mm) and lightest (465/294 grams) tablet in Samsung’s portfolio.
Talking of specifications, both the Galaxy Tab S variants are nearly identical except for the screen size and the size of the battery. The bigger 10.5-inch tablet features a 7,900mAh battery, while the 8.4-inch has a 4,900mAh battery. As mentioned above, the tablets flaunt a Super AMOLED display with WQXGA resolution (2560×1600 pixels) that translates into 288ppi for the 10.5-inch variant and 359ppi for the 8.4-inch variant.
The tablets are powered by an Exynos 5 octa-core chipset (quad-core 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 cores and quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores) clocked at 1.3GHz and paired with 3GB of RAM. Also included is 16/32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card.
The tablets also feature an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, and on the software front, they run on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat, wrapped under Samsung’s Magazine UI. Samsung has also preloaded apps like Milk Audio, Papergarden, Samsung WatchON and Sidesync 3.0 among others. The last feature is similar to Apple’s Continuity feature on iOS 8, wherein you will be able to pick up calls on the tablet itself while synced with your Samsung smartphone.
In terms of competition, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch variant will be compared with Apple’s iPad Air, while the smaller 8.4-inch tab will be compared with Apple’s iPad mini with Retina Display. Check out the official hands-on video embedded below.