Just as expected, Samsung today announced the Galaxy Tab S at its Galaxy Premiere 2014 event in New York. The tablets are available in two variants differentiated by the screen size, and both happen to be the first tablets in the company’s portfolio to flaunt a Super AMOLED display and a fingerprint scanner. Also Read - Top 5 phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC: Asus ROG Phone 5, iQOO 7, OnePlus 9RT, more
As far as specifications are concerned, both the devices are nearly identical, except for the screen size and the size of the battery. The bigger tablet features a 7,900mAh battery, while the smaller of the two has a 4,900mAh battery included. Also Read - Phones launching next week: Pixel 6 series, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, Motorola Edge S, more
As mentioned above, one of the talking points on this tablet is the Super AMOLED display, which is the first time Samsung has included such a display on its tablet. This display has a WQXGA resolution (2560×1600 pixels) that translates into 288ppi for the 10.5-inch variant and 359ppi for the 8.4-inch variant. Also Read - Phones launched last week: Realme GT Neo 2, Moto E40, OnePlus 9RT, and more
Depending upon the market, the tablets are either powered by a 1.3GHz Exynos 5 octa-core chipset (quad-core 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 cores and quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores) or 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core chipset. Both the processors are paired with 3GB of RAM.
On the photography front, it has an 8-megapixel rear camera that has the ability to record videos at 1080p, and on the front a 2.1-megapixel snapper. Other features include 16/32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card.
The tablets run on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat, wrapped under Samsung’s Magazine UI. It also comes preloaded with 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 design, at 6.6mm thickness, this tablet also happens to be the slimmest in Samsung’s portfolio. Speaking of firsts, as mentioned above, the Home button on both the tablets is also a fingerprint scanner similar to what was introduced on the Galaxy S5 smartphone.
The tablets will be available in select markets from June 26 onwards and prices start at $399 (Rs 23,600 approximately) for the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and $499 (Rs 29,500 approximately) for the Galaxy Tab S 10.5.
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