Yesterday, Samsung announced their new line of Galaxy Tab “S” tablets. Available in 10.5 inch and 8.4 inch models, both feature 2560 x 1600 pixel Quad HD Super AMOLED displays. Samsung says these are their most advanced displays to date, with a 100,000:1 contrast ratio and the ability to display more than 90% of the Adobe RGB color palette, a capability until now found only on expensive, high-end computer monitors. These tablets also feature Adaptive Display software which will automatically adjust not only brightness, but contrast, saturation and sharpness, based on ambient lighting conditions and the application in use. This is similar to the features of the Galaxy S5 smartphone display, which has been called “the best performing smartphone display we have ever tested” by displaymate.com.
Priced at $399.99 and $499.99 for WiFi only versions, the tablets should begin shipping within two weeks from today. Samsung claims each tablet will offer more than 11 hours of HD video playback on a single charge, which will certainly get you through the vast majority of airplane flights. These are also the thinnest tablets Samsung has ever made, measuring a tiny 6.6 mm thin, and weighing only 294 grams for the 8.4 inch version, 467 grams for the 10.5 inch. Aside from the screens, hardware appears to be top notch, with 1.9 or 2.3GHz QuadCore processors (depending on market), 3 GB RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage, and support for microSD cards up to 128 GB.
Both versions offer a fingerprint scanner, like that on the Galaxy S5, support up to 8 individual user profiles, and come with a full suite of bundled software. They feature a version of Samsung’s Touchwiz UI called Content Home that is similar to the version on the S5 but enhanced for the tablets’ large screens. And both offer greatly enhanced multi-tasking abilities.
Finally, Samsung is introducing a whole line of accessories alongside these tablets. These include multiple covers and a dedicated Bluetooth keyboard that also serves as a protective case.
At first glance, it appears Samsung has raised the bar, with the best tablet screens in the business in some of the lightest and thinnest tablets available.
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