Samsung Galaxy Tab S Unveiled
Let us take a break from all the E3 excitement to talk about a new product launch! Samsung announced another addition to their always-growing mobile line-up yesterday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The President and Head of Sales & Marketing for the IT and Mobile Division, DJ Lee, promised that the “relentless innovation will never stop.” He went on to report that Samsung made up 22% of the tablet market last year. So its no surprise that Samsung would keep the pressure on by presenting the Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets, coming in with 8-inch and 10-inch variants. RFMag was on scene to bring you product details and event images. Let’s see what Samsung’s latest tablet has to offer!
Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch Specs
Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore ＋ 1.3 GHz Quadcore) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz Quadcore*
3GB (RAM) + 16/32GB internal memory
microSD up to 128GB
8.4” 2560×1600(WQXGA) Super AMOLED
Camera / Flash
8MP w/ LED Flash + 2.1MP Full HD
Android Kitkat (4.4)
Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, RGB Sensor
Proximity Sensor (only LTE version)
Dimension / Weight
125.6 x 212.8 x 6.6mm, 294g(Wifi) /298g(LTE) – Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch
247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6 mm , 465g(Wifi)/ 467g(LTE) – Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch
4,900mAh – Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch
7,900mAh – Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch
Sure, while these specs are all well and good, you have to expect that Samsung had a focus in mind with these tablets. Even more now than ever before, the focus is on the display and design. Samsung SVP Michael Abary was sure to go into details into Sammy’s specialty. The Galaxy Tab S uses the same mDNIe video engine as seen in their TV’s. This helps to drive the Super AMOLED display, presenting colors that are more vivid than as seen in LCD’s. The Galaxy Tab S display can:
– Display more that 90% of the Adobe RGB spectrum, where as LCD’s display about 70%.
– Turn off pixels completely in order display a deeper and darker “black”
– Using the lighting in the room and considering the type of display, adjust the colors and brightness automatically (Adaptive Display)
– Reflect less light than an LCD screen, improving outdoor visibility.
Here are some visuals they provided as they tried to drive the point home.
The Galaxy Tab S screen indeed is a sight to behold. At first glance, you think you are looking at a paper or magazine display as opposed to an image that is being projected to you via a screen. Think about the fake phones on display at Best Stores and their “painted-on” displays. Press at the event held up what they thought were bright painted-on displays mocking the home screen. They were shocked when they realized that those were real tablets. Colors are very bright and life-like. You forget that you are actually touching a tablet’s screen and not some magazine cover.
Speaking of magazines, Samsung also introduced Papergarden – an interactive magazine-viewing experience pre-loaded on the Galaxy Tab S. Subscription content will be provided by recent collaborators such as Marvel, Condé Nast, and National Geographic. Presentations were made by each, the most unique of the three being a sort of comedic banter between Marvel’s Joe Quesada and “Jarvis”, a well-known AI from the Iron Man comics and movies.
Ryan Bidan, Senior Director of Telecommunications at Samsung dove into some of the included features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S, such as:
– Connecting to your Galaxy phone for the sake of accepting and handling voice calls straight from the tablet.
– Drag and dropping images from the tablet to contacts on your Galaxy phone to send them a picture sms
– e meeting – screen sharing between Galaxy Tab S tablets
– Private Mode – Using the new finger print sensor, you can unlock personal content for yourself, protecting your content from the other users on the Galaxy Tab S (supports up to 8 users)
Michael went on to speak on the tablet’s physical design and fashion. The tablet is 6.6 mm thin – the equivalent of 5 stacked credit cards, as Michael Abary put it. The backing will sport the same design as the Galaxy S 5 and will be housed in a “gold” frame. The colors available for the Galaxy Tab S will be Titanium Bronze and Dazzling White.
In addition to the usual Book Covers, there will also be a series of Simple Covers and Bluetooth keyboard covers made by Samsung to compliment your Galaxy Tab S.
Simple Covers differ from Book Covers as they only cover the screen and not so much the back, presumably for the sake of retaining some slimness.
Here is a look into the keyboards…
Logitech even displayed their own model made for the new tablet.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be open today for pre-order for $399 and $499 for the 8″ and 10″ inch variants respectively. They will be available for direct purchase in select markets in July 2014.