Samsung’s latest attempt to crack the high-end tablet market currently dominated by the iPad has finally revealed itself, with the latest batch of Samsung Galaxy Tabs getting released this week.
The Galaxy Tab S models feature two different screen sizes, with 10.5” and 8.4” versions being released side by side, and feature a very competitive set of specs to take on the Apple domination of the slate market.
Believe it or not, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 features a 10.5” screen (hard to believe we know), and the Tab S 8.4 packs a smaller 8.4” screen, both sporting Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology, making for stunning display quality.
The inclusion of this type of display is also hugely beneficial for the overall build of both tablets, making both models freakishly skinny, with both measuring up at 6.6mm, making them thinner than the iPad Air.
Their weight is also at an all-time low, with the 10.5 weighing in at 467g, and the 8.4 tipping the scales at 294g, again lighter than Apple’s iPad Air.
Under the hood the tablets aren’t lightweights though, packing a healthy amount of power for their size; including 3GB RAM as well as up to 32GB internal storage space, which can be further boosted by the inclusion of a 128GB memory card.
Available in two different versions; WiFi and LTE (SIM card compatible), the Galaxy Tab S slates offer the ideal package when on the go, or if you’re more of a stay at home tablet user.
Each version packs slightly different internal processors, with the WiFi version packing an octa-core chipset measuring 3.2GHz and the LTE version boasting a Snapdragon 800 chipset and quad-core 2.3GHz processor.
The cameras don’t pull any punches either, with both models offering 8 megapixel lenses on the back side and 2.1 megapixel selfie snappers above their displays.
Battery life is also kept at a good standard as well, despite the larger screens, with the 10.5 packing a 7,900mAh juice pack, and the 8.4 offering up a 4,900mAh effort, both of which supply a surprising amount of stamina, lasting well over the average tablet battery life we’ve come to expect.
One inclusion we’re thrilled to see is the fingerprint scanning technology we saw on the Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone, but there’s no sign of the heart rate sensor travelling over to the tablet market as well.
An infrared port does make the cut though; letting you use the slate as a remote for your television if that takes your fancy. Other than that it’s business as usual in terms of the volume rocker and charger ports.
Finally, Android 4.4 KitKat is available out of the box, offering up an array of brilliant Samsung features that any Samsung user will already have full knowledge of, whilst still being easy to pick up and use on a whim, even if you’re more accustomed to using Apple’s iOS software.
You can expect the Galaxy Tab S slates to make their way onto the market during July, with prices starting at £230 for the 8.4”, and £290 for the 10.5”.
Written by Luke Hatfield