Samsung announces the world’s thinnest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S
The previously rumoured Galaxy Tab S series has officially been announced by Samsung at a press event last night in New York yesterday evening. Boasting a screen resolution powerful enough to rival Apple’s retina display, Samsung’s new Galaxy S tablets are also the thinnest and lightest tablets ever made. The new tablet range consists of a 10.5-inch and a 8.4-inch model, which fits in with previous speculation that the series will include a smaller model. However, rumours were wrong about the series also including a bigger 13.3-inch model, which was expected to be the first time Samsung brought out such a large slate.
The new devices focus on how consumers are increasingly using their tablets for media streaming purposes, and boast high-end display capabilities along with a “full range of premium content for an unrivalled entertainment experience,” according to the official press release.
The Galaxy Tab S range feature an identical high-res Super AMOLED display with 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution but of differing physical dimensions. Compared to a conventional LCD tablets’ 73 per cent colour reproduction rate, the Tab S range reproduces colours which match up to 94 per cent of Adobe RGB Color Gamut, showing visuals much more realistically.
“With the launch of the Galaxy Tab S, Samsung is setting the industry bar higher for the entire mobile industry. It will provide consumers with a visual and entertainment experience that brings colours to life, beautifully packaged in a sleek and ultra-portable mobile device,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics.
The display also focuses on providing users more dynamic images by making blacks darker and whites brighter with its 100,000: 1 contrast ratio, 100 times higher than conventional LCD displays, with 4 million AMOLED pixels. “It portrays the true colours that content creators intended,” Michael Abary, senior vice president, Samsung Electronics America, said at the launch event, according to CNet.
Additionally, the tablet’s Adaptive Display will adjust optimise viewing experiences as it adjusts colour gamut, sharpness and contrast according to usage. This means that the screen will adjust itself to give the user an idealised display depending on application, viewing environment and lighting.
The Galaxy S range also feature advanced outdoor visibility technology, allowing users to view content easily outdoors, whilst saving power with a longer-lasting battery and Ultra-Power Saving Mode in addition to the less energy consuming Super AMOLED screen comparative to LCD displays.
Under the hood, the tablets house the following specs: (differing only in physical size, weight and battery capacity)
- Processor: Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz Quad-Core ＋ 1.3 GHz Quad-Core) or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz Quad-Core
- OS: Android Kit Kat 4.4
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, IrLED
- Memory: 3GB RAM, 16/32GB storage + micro-SD up to 128GB
- Battery capacity: 4,900mAh (8.4-inch), 7,900mAh (10.5-inch)
The 6.6mm thin tablet is said to weigh only 465g for the 10.5-inch model and 294g for the 8.4-inch. Both tablets will hit the US market in July, priced at $399 for the smaller model and $400 for the larger one. Optional accessories including covers and Bluetooth keyboards will also be available. You can also find an 8MP main-shooter with LED flash along with a 2.1MP Full HD front-facing camera on the Tab S range, along with a fingerprint scanner, multi-window function, and SideSync 3.0 which allow users to mirror their smartphone on the tablet.
To highlight the enhanced graphics on the new Tab S range, Samsung also announced its partnerships with Marvel, Conde Nast and National Geographic which will provide content via its new Papergarden digital magazine platform. That’s not much of a selling point though, it sounds like more Samsung bloatware…