Samsung Galaxy Tab S announced to take on the iPad Air and Mini

Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab S, a pair of super-slim Android tablets aimed at knocking both the iPad Air and iPad mini from their perches.

Announced at a media event in New York, the Galaxy Tab S comes in two screen sizes - 8.4in and 10.5in - and both have a resolution of 2560 x 1600. A 100,000:1 contrast ratio means deeper and more realistic images by making blacks darker and whites brighter.

Samsung has put a lot of work into the Tab S’s Super AMOLED display. Adaptive Display ensures the best visual experience no matter what you’re looking at, by automatically adjusting gamma, saturation and sharpness based on the application you are using. The company claims the screens can be used easily outdoors, even in bright sunlight.

At just 6.6mm, both tablets are incredibly thin - thinner than the 7.5mm iPad Air. They’re light too, weighing 465g and 294g for the 10.5in and 8.4in models respectively. For context, the iPad Air is 478g and the mini is 330g.

Both tablets are available in Wi-Fi-only and LTE variants, and both can be had with either 16 or 32GB of internal storage, Thanks to a microSD card slot this can be increased by an additional 128GB. As for colour options, you can choose from ‘Titanium Bronze’ and ‘Dazzling White’.

Security is enhanced with a fingerprint scanner in the tablets’ home button - as also seen on the Galaxy S5 smartphone - which can be used instead of entering a PIN or password to unlock the device.

The Galaxy Tab S is powered by either an Exynos 5 Octa or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quad-core processor, depending on region. The UK is likely to get the latter. All variants run Android 4.4 KitKat, have an 8-megapixel rear camera and 2.1mp front camera; they also all have 3GB of RAM.

The 8.4-in model has a 4,800mAh battery, while the 10.5-in version has a 7,900mAh battery, and both come with Samsung’s Ultra-Power Saving Mode to help make the charge last as long as possible.

Samsung says the Galaxy Tab S will go on sale in July, but a specific date and prices are yet to be announced.


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