Samsung Electronics has released their new Galaxy Tab S, Samsung’s thinnest and lightest tablet to date. The Tab S comes in two form factors, 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch. Both models come complete with a WQXGA (2560×1600, 16:10) Super AMOLED display which, the company claims, delivers more than 90% of Adobe RGB colour coverage and comes with a 100,000:1 contrast ratio. The company’s Adaptive Display technology will automatically adjust the device’s gamma, saturation, and sharpness based on the application as well as the colour temperature depending on the viewing environment and the lighting.
Both models have a sleek 6.6mm profile and weigh in at only 465g (10.5-inch) and 294g (8.4-inch). They will be available with a variety of connectivity options: Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi and LTE, available in 16/32GB + MicroSD (up to 128GB). You can also choose between Titanium Bronze or Dazzling White. The smaller model incorporates a 4,900mAh battery, with the 10.5inch packing 7,900mAh. The company claim that when used in Ultra-Power Saving Mode, the Galaxy Tab S lets you “enjoy hours of entertainment without having to worry about recharging”.
Samsung devices are well known for coming packed with a variety of software, some of which is genuinely useful, some of which just a bit too quirky for the average user. The Galaxy Tab S is made for entertainment and comes with a variety of related apps. “Kick” is a new football app that provides in-depth and visually compelling sports data in real-time as matches get played. Samsung’s magazine service, “Papergarden” debuts on the Galaxy Tab S. An optimised viewing environment for digital interactive magazines, you will be able to view a wide range of popular magazines in vivid and true-to-life colour. There is also Galaxy Gifts which is where Samsung has teamed up with more than 30 mobile content and service providers to bring you extra content such as free memberships to Marvel and a free e-book per month.
So far, so good – but lets take a look at what some top industry critics thought of the Galaxy Tab S.
First up is The Guardian who asks whether the Samsung Galaxy Tab S review: a rival for the iPad?. The reviewer is particularly impressed with the new tablet’s display, going as far as to state that it’s “the best I’ve ever seen on a tablet” and that it’s “bright enough to read even in direct sunlight”. He was also positive about the battery life, stating that:
I found both Tab S models lasted a good day (about 15 hours) on a single charge under constant usage (constant push email, a few hours’ browsing, perhaps an hour of video) without activating any of the power-saving modes. Even with a power-hungry application like the Assassin’s Creed 4 second-screen app connected to a PS4 the 10.5in tablet lasted a good eight hours.
In concluding, The Guardian’s view was that the “Tab S is Samsung’s best tablet yet by miles. Samsung has definitely given the iPad Air and Mini a solid run for their money: these are arguably the best Android tablets to date, with the best screen ever on a tablet.” They also awarded the device 5 out of 5 stars.
Here’s a quick infographic highlighting some of the features of the Tab S:
Over at Trusted Reviews they were equally positive, awarding the Tab S 9/10 and giving it “Recommended” status. In particular they liked the “sharp, bright screen” as well as the fact it was “very thin, light and portable” and came with a “good battery life”. There overall verdict was that:
In every way that matters, this is a great tablet. The fingerprint reader is naff and some of Samsung’s software features miss the mark, but the screen is great it’s the perfect size for toting around with you everywhere.
The folks at TechnoBuffalo proclaimed the two varieties of the Tab S to be “the best Samsung tablets we’ve ever seen“:
Not only does it possess a great design and cool features, but it also comes equipped with one hell of a screen—among the best, if not the best, we’ve ever laid eyes on.
Awarding the devices 9/10 the reviewer rounded-up by stating that:
Samsung has never really excelled in the tablet market, but the company has finally hit a sweet spot with the Tab S
The Tab S devices will be selected markets from July 2014.