Samsung unveiled a brand-new Android tablet series yesterday, going by the name of Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5. These two devices find themselves in the high end spectrum (as opposed to the Galaxy Tab 3 series in the mid-range area) and are available for pre-order starting today. Let’s see what these newly-debuted premium devices have to offer.
First off, they pack some of the latest and greatest in hardware and software. Both displays are Super AMOLED with WQXGA resolution (2,560x1,600 pixles). Due to the smaller size of the 8.4-inch tablet, you’ll logically find that the ppi is higher. Both have an Exynos 5 Octa-core processor, accompanied by a nice 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, plus of course a microSD slot for extra storage. To power this throughout the day, the 10.5 inch Tab S packs a 7,900 mAh battery, while the 8.4 has a solid 4,900 mAh. Check out the tech specs below for the complete details.
|Galaxy Tab S 8.4||Galaxy Tab S 10.5|
|Display||8.4-inch, 2,560x1,600 pixels, Super AMOLED||10.5-inch, 2,560x1,600 pixels, Super AMOLED|
|Processor||Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz + 1.3 GHz) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.3 GHz, Quad-Core||Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz + 1.3 GHz) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2.3 GHz, Quad-Core|
|RAM||3 GB RAM||3 GB RAM|
|Internal storage||16/32 GB + microSD||16/32 GB + microSD|
|Battery||4,900 mAh||7,900 mAh|
|Camera||8 MP (back), 2.1 MP (front)||8 MP (back), 2.1 MP (front)|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE|
|Dimensions||125.6 x 212.8 x 6.6 mm||247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6 mm|
|Weight||294 g (Wi-Fi), 298 g (LTE)||465 g (Wi-Fi), 467 g (LTE)|
|System||Android 4.4 KitKat||Android 4.4 KitKat|
On the software side, Android 4.4 KitKat comes on both tablets straight out of the factory, plus the latest version of the TouchWiz UI which includes Samsung Magazine news feed (with Cosmo, Vogue, Rolling Stone etc), multi-user mode, SideSync, Galaxy Gear and Gear Fit manager and a complete professional pack of apps. Like the Galaxy S5, both Tab S tablets have a fingerprint scanner, Download Booster, Kids Mode and Samsung Knox. Of course, you will also get the entire line of Samsung’s latest apps, like WatchOn, S Health, Milk Music, and the all new Samsung Papergarden.
When buying the tablet, there are a few perks too in the form of ‘Galaxy Gifts’, such as Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi access and a Bloomberg Business Week subscription, both for one year. There’s also a 3-month trial of Sirius XM Radio and Audible. Both tablets can be purchased either on Samsung.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, Office Max, PC Richard & Son, Sears, Tiger Direct and Walmart.com. The Tab S 8.4. costs 399.99 USD while the 10.5 version will go for 499.99 USD, and will be sold as of July, though pre-ordering has already started.
What do you think of the new Tab S series?