SAMSUNG ANNOUNCED the Galaxy Tab S on Thursday, a tablet that challenges Apple's iPad Air with its "industry-leading" specifications.
As rumours had suggested, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S features a best in the industry HD display. Available in 8.4in and 10.5in formats, the display boasts an LG G3-rivalling 2560x1600 resolution and comes with Samsung's vivid Super AMOLED technology.
According to Samsung, this "industry-leading" display has a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, which should makes black deeper and whites brighter compared to rival tablets, while a feature called Adaptive Display should make the Galaxy Tab S usable outdoors.
Samsung was perhaps most keen to highlight the fact that both the 8.4in and 10.5in models measure just 6.6mm thick, making the Galaxy Tab S thinner than the 7.5mm thick iPad Air.
Despite its slim size, the Galaxy Tab S has Samsung's own octa-core Exynos 5 processor, which equips the tablet with four 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores with 3GB of RAM.
As you'd expect, it runs Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system, which Samsung has overlayed with its own custom skin.
The firm has also loaded the Galaxy Tab S full of custom software features - which include the usual multi-window multitasking, a feature tipped to arrive soon on the iPad - and S Note, along with some new additions.
These additions include an app called Kick for football fans, an app called Papergarden for viewing digital content, and Kindle for Samsung, which gives Galaxy Tab S users a free book each month. That's not all owners of the Galaxy Tab S will get for free, as Samsung boasts that it will also offer users free content from Google Play.
Samsung is looking to business users with the Galaxy Tab S, too. Much like the feature Apple demonstrated in Mac OS X Yosemite, Samsung smartphone owners will be able to answer calls through the tablet, and the Galaxy Tab S boasts a built-in fingerprint scanner - the same as that found on the Galaxy S5 - to give it an added layer of security.
Samsung's professional software pack is also available, similar to that found on the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet.
Beyond that, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S has 3GB of RAM, either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card with up to 128GB, dual 8MP and 2MP cameras, Bluetooth 4.0 and optional 4G connectivity. The 8.4in model will have a 4,900mAh battery, while the larger 10.5in version will have a 7,900mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be available from July, and will be sold in "titanium bronze" and "dazzling white" colours. The 8.4in model will be priced from $399 and the 10.5in model from $499, but UK pricing details are yet to be announced. µ