At Samsung’s June 12th press event, the company announced a new line of tablets called the Galaxy Tab S that will be available in 8.4″ and 10.5″ sizes, both of which are only 6.6mm (0.29in) thick and include Super AMOLED displays with 1600 x 2560 resolution.
The larger tablet weighs only 465g (1lb), while the smaller one weighs 294g (10oz). They’ll be available in “dazzling white” and “titanium black” sometime in July with a price point of $399 and $499 for the 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch models respectively.
The Super AMOLED displays are the first of their size used in a mainstream tablet line. While Samsung’s Galaxy S phones have had Super AMOLED displays for a while, the tablets have been stuck with LCDs.
Which you like better comes down to personal preference — many people enjoy the dark blacks and bright colors of AMOLED, but others think that AMOLEDs blow out the colors too much. While LCDs need to light up the entire screen to display anything, AMOLEDs can turn on or off individual pixels, allowing them to claim better power consumption and darker blacks.
— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) June 12, 2014
Samsung is also boasting 11 hours of video playback, a feature called SideSync that allows you to control your Galaxy S5 from your tablet, a digital magazine app called Papergarden (thanks to a partnership with Condé Nast and National Geographic), and a fingerprint scanner that works in conjunction with Android’s multi-user feature to allow up to 8 people to log in to their own individual profile.
Additionally, the Tab S series will see the return of Multi Window, which allows the user to run multiple apps at once, and Galaxy Gifts, which gives the user access to a bunch of free promotions — like 50GB of Dropbox storage for two years or a 6 month trial subscription to the Economist.
Will you be picking up a Galaxy Tab S when they become available?