updated 08:41 pm EDT, Thu June 12, 2014
Samsung Galaxy Tab S displays cover 90 percent of Adobe RGB color range
Just as rumored last month, Samsung has launched its first tablets using Super AMOLED displays - screens the manufacturer typically reserves for its smartphones. The Galaxy Tab S range, initially consisting of models with 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch displays, lights its pixels differently to how the LED versions work, allowing the screens to display 90 percent of the Adobe RGB range rather than 70 percent, as well as turning off pixels for darker black shades. In addition, the Super AMOLED screens are 40 percent less reflective, making them more useful for outdoor use.
Both models offer a resolution of 1600x2560 and, at least for the 10.5-inch model, a similar appearance to the Galaxy Note Pro, albeit with the patterning on the back matching that of the Galaxy S5. Measuring 6.6mm (0.26 inches) thick, the tablets use Exynos 5 Octa processors with four 1.9GHz cores and four 1.3GHz cores combined with 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage expandable through microSD cards by up to 128GB.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Each model has eight-megapixel cameras with flash and 1080p video recording on the back, accompanied by a 2.1-megapixel front-facing webcam, a fingerprint scanner, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, with LTE versions offering cellular connectivity. Battery capacity on the two different models does differ, with the 8.4-inch model having a 4900mAh battery said to last for up to 10 hours of Internet use, while the 10.5-inch's 7900mAh battery is claimed to last for nine hours.
Running Android 4.4 with Samsung's Magazine user interface, the Galaxy Tab S offers fingerprint-based home profiles with individual private areas and Knox security. New additions include SideSync, allowing the Galaxy Tab S to answer a phone call on behalf of another Samsung smartphone, and a family-friendly Kid's Corner mode. Samsung is also offering content from Condé Nast, Marvel, and National Geographic to view on the device, among other free software and trials of services, and it also revealed during the launch event that the tablets will be compatible with Netflix's Full HD streaming.
Samsung will be shipping the Galaxy Tab S tablets in the United States this July, with the Wi-Fi 8.4 and 10.5-inch models priced at $399 and $499 respectively. The LTE versions will apparently go on sale a short time afterwards.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5