Samsung has fared well in the tablet market space. The company reported selling 40 million units last year. However, as far as the tablet goes, while Samsung has managed to make its tablet look like iPads — finding itself in controversy– its tablets aren’t as powerful or have sold as much. Until today, when at an event in New York City, the Korean technology company unveiled a new lineup in its tablet series: Galaxy Tab S.

Samsung showcased two devices, a 10.5-inch variant, and an 8.4-inch version, both of which have the same resolution of 2560×1600, and for a change, now sport Super AMOLED display. Having this high resolution gives the 10.5-inch the pixel density of 288ppi, whereas, the small model, 8.5-inch gets a crazy high 359ppi. Needless to mention, Samsung has made sure both the tablets have more resolution than iPad Air and iPad Mini.


Another major uplift is in the specs department. The tablets are powered by a 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos chipset, coupled with another 1.3 GHz quad-core chip. There’s 3 gigs of RAM, and the storage starts at 16GB, though there is a microSD card slot as well. Both the tablets have an 8MP camera at the back, going along with the 2.1 MP shooter upfront. Both the tablets are running on latest Android 4.4 “KitKat” OS.

Both the tablets are lim and light, while the 10-inch variant weighs around 1 pound, the sub-8-inch tablet weigh around 0.63 pounds. While both the tablets have similar specs, there is a stark difference when it comes to battery. While the 10.5-inch variant packs a humongous 7900 mAh battery, the 8.4-inch carries a 4900 mAh power input.

Both the tablets resemble Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone Galaxy S5. They sport the same dimpled back with metal frames running around the corners. Both sizes look light and slim and also come in “Dazzling White” and “Titanium Bronze” flavors, though they don’t look very different from other Samsung tablets.

SideSync and Papergardgen

Alongside the tablets, Samsung also introduced few apps and several accessories. Called SideSync 3.0, the app lets you mirror Galaxy S5’s screen on your Tab over WiFi. You will be able to interact with the screen activities, transfer files, as well as perform operations like answering calls. There’s also Papergarden app, which is a magazine-reading app that comes as Samsung partnered with Conde Nast for content.

Book Cover and Bluetooth keyboard


There are “book cover” to protect the Galaxy tablet S. The cover that weighs half a pound comes in four colors — electric blue, glam red, charcoal black and titanium bronze. While it certainly doesn’t look as handy as Surface Pro 3’s keyboard cover, it does feature a number of folds allowing users to bend and angle the cover in three different ways.

There’s another simple cover which just features one flap and no folds. The 0.2 pound cover wraps around the bottom edge, it also comes in four colors. Don’t leave just yet, there’s a Bluetooth keyboard as well, which the company demonstrated by attaching it to the tablet with a clasp. The best part? It can also fold and act as a cover!

Price and Availability

The WiFi only 16GB variant starts at $399 for 8.4-inch, and the 10.5-inch costs $499. The devices will start shipping in the United States next month. Company has promised that LTE versions of both the device will follow soon enough. No word on how much the accessories cost just yet.


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Manish is an Engineering graduate in Computer Science but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.