Samsung Officially Announces the Galaxy Tab S
The Galaxy Tab S Line of Devices
Samsung is looking to consolidate its mess of a line of a tablets behind a Flagship tablet device; enter the Galaxy Tab S. As with all Samsung’s device flagships, the line is here for one reason, to push the envelope of what is a tablet and it seems like Samsung has learnt a lot from its years of releasing sub-par tablets and its partnership with Google on the Nexus 10.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S is the first ever tablet with a “SUPER high resolution” display of 2560×1600. The tablet will come in two sizes: 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch; both of which are Super AMOLED. The Super AMOLED technology has, of course, been front and centre in Samsung’s Mobile Phones including the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3. The display is known for being vibrant, rich and super saturated. According to Samsung, the current generation of Super AMOLED displays out perform LCD displays across the board. Using the Adobe RGB colour spectrum as a reference, they claim that Super AMOLED covers over 90% of the spectrum compared to the 40% of LCD Displays – in fact, their executive claims that you’ll buy wrong coloured clothing if you use an LCD display on your tablet.
Let’s get down to what’s powering the tablet. Firstly, the Galaxy Tab S will be available in two variants – WiFi and 4G LTE. The former will be powered by Samsung’s in-house processor, the Exynos 5 Octa essentially having two quad-core processors clocked at 1.3 GHz and 1.9GHz whilst the latter will come with a Snapdragon 800 processor, clocked at 2.3 GHz. Both will carry 3GB of RAM. The global variant of the Galaxy Tab S is expected to have a SIM card slot which will allow users to answer calls and receive text messages.
The Galaxy Tab S will also come with two storage capacities: 32GB and 16GB; both of which will be expandable with microSD cards up to 128GB. The 10.5-inch tablet will be powered by a 7,900 mAh while the 8.4-inch tablet will come equipped with a 4,900 mAh battery which Samsung claims will allow for 11 hours of 1080p video playback on both variants.
On the Camera front, the Galaxy Tab S comes equipped with a 8-MegaPixel shooter with LED flash and 2.1-MegaPixel front facing camera. Also included in the device is an impressive array of sensors – and InfraRed Blaster on the side and a fingerprint scanner on the Home Screen with all of the standard sensors we’ve come to expect from a flagship Samsung device.
Here’s the best part of the hardware, all of the specifications we’ve mentioned above come packed in a slim 6.6 mm thick body and weighs 465 grams and 294 grams for the 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch WiFi variants, and 467 grams and 298 grams for the 4G LTE variants.
The design aesthetic of the tablet takes its cues heavily from the Galaxy S5 with its perforated back and plastic back. It will also launch in a two colours for now: Titanium Bronze and Dazzling white, though we expect more colours further down the line.
The Galaxy Tab S is slated to come pre-installed with Samsung’s customized Magazine UX, which was first revealed with the company’s Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, running Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Magazine UX comes with Samsung’s My magazine plane powered by FlipBoard and also brings all the software features we are used to seeing in the company’s Touchwiz UX to the slate. This includes multiwindow split screen support, S voice and Samsung’s S Calendar, S Note among others.
In addition to these features, Samsung brings Kids Mode, which was debuted, with the Samsung Galaxy S5. Kids mode essentially turns the normal interface into a kid friendly interface which can, as the name alludes, be navigated by Kids. This is also bolstered by Samsung including multiple user profiles in the software, which will support up to 8 users. These profiles can also be unlocked using the built in finger print scanner which has been improved since the Galaxy S5. While I wouldn’t recommend it, this also means that your child can unlock your device into his or her profile all on their own with their own fingerprint. These fingerprints have also been integrated into Samsung’s KNOX security platform.
Samsung has also brought its adaptive display technology to the tablets which allows the tablet’s display to adapt dynamically to your surroundings and your activities; increasing visibility in outdoor situations and also reducing eye strain in low light environments.
In addition, Samsung is bringing its SideSync technology along for the ride. SideSync 3.0 will allow users to have a miniature version of their phone on screen and accessible on the tablet to receive and reply calls and messages. This will also bring a briefing widget, wireless call forwarding and file transfer between your tablet and phone or PC. This platform is available for all Samsung devices including laptops. Further enhancing the experience, Samsung is also bringing Remote PC to the tablets which will allow you to access your PC anywhere using the Tablet.
After the streamlining and shutting down of many of its services, Samsung introduces a new service it calls “Papergarden” where users are able to get ebooks and the like directly from Samsung. In addition to this, Samsung announced that users will be using the Milk Music service on the Galaxy Tab S to address the musical needs of the consumer together with its proprietary WatchON service for cable and Live TV content.
All these content will be aggregated to Samsung Content Home which will present all your information and content in Magazine format even your calendar appointments and also emails if you so please.
Galaxy Gifts & Partnerships
As always, with the release of a new line of devices, Samsung increases its partnerships with content providers.
First up, Samsung is partnering with National Geographic and Condé Nast. These two content providers will bring their magazines to Samsung’s Papergarden service. Condé Nast will bring its array of magazine such as GQ, Vogue and Vanity Fair to the Galaxy Tab S in a more interactive format bringing things such as high quality pictures as well as flixels and videos. National Geographic will be bringing its high quality photography to the slate as well. All of the content with one purpose, to show off the Super AMOLED, super high quality display.
Next, the electronics manufacturer will be partnering with Marvel Comics. This partnership will include the placement of Samsung branded products in all upcoming Marvel movies most probably beginning the much anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron. The partnership between Marvel Comics and Samsung will also include three free months of Marvel’s Unlimited service which gives users access to Marvel’s extensive line of comics. We may also be seeing Marvel exclusive designs and other tie ins with the publishing company.
Coming down to Samsung’s own Galaxy Gifts app, users who purchase the Galaxy Tab S will have access to 29 gifts which includes 50GB of Dropbox space for 2 years, one year of Evernote Premium, and six months trial of the Economist, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post among others.
Availability & Price
The Galaxy Tab S is slated to launch sometime in July worldwide though no word yet on specifics for Malaysia. The device will launch for USD$399 (RM 1300) for the 16GB WiFi model and USD$499 (RM 1700) for the 32GB WiFi model. No word yet on the price for the 4G LTE versions but should their previous track record it could range between RM 1800 – RM 2000.
If you want to see the announcement in all of its glory, we’ve linked it here.