South Korean technology major Samsung announced its latest tablet range – the Galaxy Tab S – at the Galaxy Premier 2014 event held at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Both the 8.4 inch and 10.5 inch versions of the Tab S have 2,560×1,600 resolution Super AMOLED screens. Super AMOLED offers improved contrast and richer colors while consuming less power and the devices are sleeker as well.
The 8.4 inch tab is priced at $399 onwards while the 10.5 inch one is priced at $499 onwards. Both tablets will be available in the US from July 2014. We expect the tablets to hit the Indian market in August this year at an expected price of Rs 25,000 onwards.
The Galaxy Tab S borrows an important feature from the Galaxy S5 smartphone – namely, a fingerprint scanner. Up to eight people can log in to the device using their fingerprints.
The LTE version of the Galaxy Tab S is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (LTE version) and the Wi-Fi-only version runs on an Exynos Octa core (1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 + 1.9 GHz quad-core Cortex-A15) processor.
Looking at the hardware specs of the device, we notice that it includes 3 GB RAM, 16/32 GB storage, microSD slot, 8 MP rear camera, and 2 MP front camera.
The 10.5 inch variant has housed a 7,900 mAh battery while the 8.4 inch variant is equipped with a 4,900 mAh battery. Samsung claims a battery life of 10-plus hours for both tablets. In addition, both feature the rear panel textured design like the Samsung Galaxy S5.
The tablets run on the latest Android 4.4 with Samsung’s Magazine UX interface. When the devices are on the same Wi-Fi network, you can remotely navigate the phone via the tablet’s screen, transfer files between devices, access all your phone apps, and even text and talk on the phone.
In addition, they come with Samsung’s bouquet features including S-voice, WatchOn universal remote, Download booster, RemotePC, and a Kids mode. Additionally, Samsung has tied up with Conde Nast, National Geographic, and Marvel to boost its content portfolio.