We got our first glance at Samsung’s new premium Galaxy Tab S lineup of tablets a couple of weeks ago when photos of the slates leaked out along with a list of specs. While it’s fun to take a peek at upcoming devices prior to their release, it’s the manufacturer’s announcement that we are always looking forward to as this is how we get to learn all the secrets. Ladies and gentlemen, last night at Samsung Premiere event in New York City the company unveiled its new flagship tablets: the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Galaxy Tab S 10.5, making the Galaxy Tab S series official.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 vs. Galaxy Tab S 10.5
Great news is that you won’t have to wait long for the tablets. Both the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Tab S 10.5 are already available for pre-order for $399.99 and $499.99, respectively. The devices will start shipping next month and around the same time will be available for purchase at a wide selection of retailers. At the moment, pre-orders are for only for Wi-Fi version. Models with cellular connectivity will arrive at all major US carriers in the coming months, though it appears that Sprint and T-Mobile will carry only the larger variant.
There is absolutely no doubt that the Galaxy Tab S are premium tablets from the very first moment you lay your eyes on them. Both devices have patterned faux leather back panels, exactly the same as the Galaxy S5, and very slim bezels which help to reduce the size while keeping the screen big. Measuring just 6.6 mm in thickness, the tablets are among the thinnest currently available on the market.
The main difference between the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Tab S 10.5 is the screen size. Both, however, have the same 2560 x 1600 resolution, which means that pixel density on the smaller tablet will be higher. Both displays are of Super AMOLED variety with Adaptive Display feature that adjusts sharpness levels, gamma, and color saturation depending on what type of content you are viewing. There are also two preset modes – AMOLED Cinema and AMOLED Photo. The smaller Tab S 8.4 packs 4,900 mAh battery, while the unit in the Tab S 10.5 has capacity of 7,900 mAh.
The screen size and battery aside, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Tab S 10.5 are identical. Both are powered by either Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 or Samsung Octa-core processors, depending on the market, and come with 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory expandable up to 128 GB. Other features include an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, NFC and a variety of sensors such as accelerometer, gyro, geomagnetic, hall, RGB and fingerprint scanner.
Both the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Tab S 10.5 run Android 4.4 KitKat and come pre-loaded to the fullest with apps and services you know and love as well as premium content to enrich your experience. To mention just a few, there is WatchON, Milk Music, and Galaxy Gifts like a year of free GoGo in-flight Wi-Fi access, a year of Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek, half a year of The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, and three months each of The New York Times, Sirius XM Radio, and Audible. Moreover, the tablets offer Multi-User Mode, Kid Mode and Ultra-Power Saving Mode.
High-end as they are, Samsung’s new tablets are not for the faint-hearted. If you are ready for some heavy gaming, movie watching or having fun on the go at the most premium level, head over to Samsung’s store and order your Galaxy Tab S.
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