THE SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB S tablets have gone on sale in the UK, ahead of their release on 4 July.
Samsung has been in touch to tell us that the Galaxy Tab S tablets, in both 8.4in and 10.5in models, are available to order now before they start shipping in the UK next week.
Over at the PC World website, the 8.4in Samsung Galaxy Tab S can be picked up for £329, while the larger 10.5in model is priced at £419.99. This means that Samsung's pint-sized tablet is £10 more expensive than the iPad Mini, while its full-sized sibling is £20 more expensive than the cheapest iPad Air, despite PC World offering the lowest specification 16GB model.
As well as PC World, Samsung said that both tablets will also be available from John Lewis and Carphone Warehouse, as well as the Samsung Experience Stores and the Samsung Store at Westfield Stratford City. Three will also be offering the tablets, having added them to its coming soon page.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S arguably boasts a more impressive specifications sheet than its Apple rival, touting a LG G3-rivalling 2560x1600 resolution display, an octa-core Exynos 5 processor and a skinny 6.6mm profile - thinner than the iPad Air's slim 7.5mm profile.
Both the 8.4in and 10.5in Samsung Galaxy Tab S models run Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system, which is skinned in Samsung's custom user interface and loaded with custom apps and features - including football app Kick and the ability to answer calls from a Samsung smartphone using the tablet, similar to a feature included in Apple's Mac OS X Yosemite PC operating system.
Beyond that, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S has 3GB of RAM, either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD card, 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. µ