Samsung officially revealed their newest tablets in the form of the Galaxy Tab S today in New York. The Galaxy Tab S line of devices are an attempt from Samsung to directly compete against Apple in the annual flagship tablet market. While the Galaxy Tab S devices are targeting a mass market, Samsung states they are enterprise ready.
There are two versions of the tablet. One features an 8.4 inch display while the other is rocking a 10.5 inch display. Both of the tablets feature a fingerprint reader integrated into the home button. This feature was first introduced in the Galaxy S5.
The Galaxy Tab S devices are reasonably thin. The dual core Exynos S Octo processor-based tablet is about 6 millimeters thick. The smaller model weights just 10 ounces while the larger model tips the scales at about one pound. In this regard, the devices are very comparable with Apple’s iPad Mini Retina and iPad Air respectively. Both manufactures appear to be really pushing the limits in terms of thickness and weight.
The Galaxy Tab S devices feature the patented Samsung Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 2560 X 1600 or twice the definition of HD quality. The tablets also have an 8 megapixel rear facing camera, 16GB of build in storage and micro-SD expansion up to 128GB.
Most interesting out of all these specs is the wireless networking capabilities of the Galaxy Tab S devices. They feature 802.11n/ac wireless networking. This wireless networking is very impressive, throwing out some of the best speeds in modern enterprise and consumer networking.
To top all of this goodness of, the battery is slated to last for 11 hours while playing video. This makes the tablet very compelling for those who are on the go and need the beefy battery to carry them through the day as well as enterprise users.
The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 inch will begin at $399 while the 10.5 inch tablet will sell for $499. These prices are fairly comparable to the iPad Air and iPad Mini Retina which are reasonably expensive for tablets. However, given the specs of the devices, this is understandable.
Samsung continuing growth in the tablet market is pretty staggering. Approximately 25 percent of tablets are Samsung devices, which is very strange when the Galaxy Tab devices haven’t been particularly good. However, Samsung appears to be refocusing with the Galaxy Tab S range of tablets.