Samsung Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 usher in new flagship lineup

Brittany A. Roston - Jun 12, 2014
Samsung Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 usher in new flagship lineup

Samsung has rolled out the red carpet for its new flagship tablet lineup, the Galaxy Tab S. To kick things off, 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S tablets will go up for pre-order tomorrow, making available what Samsung says is the “thinnest and lighest tablet to date”.

The Galaxy Tab S features a WQXGA 2560 x 1600 16:9 Super AMOLED display, and with it comes in excess of 90-percent of Adobe RGB color coverage, according to the maker. This makes full solid color expression, and is accompanied by a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, tossing bright whites and darker darks into the mix.

Samsung has gone all-out when it comes to the display, including an Adaptive Display that will adjust sharpness levels, gamma, and color saturation as needed based on what is being viewed at any given moment. For those who prefer manual control over the display, there’s also two preset modes for adjustment when necessary: AMOLED Cinema and AMOLED Photo, both of which are self-explanatory.

Both of the models are being hailed as incredibly svelte, with the 8.4 and the 10.5 each measuring in at 6.6mm in profile thickness. The smaller of the two models weighs in at 294 grams, and the larger at 465 grams. Concern for battery life is also taken into consideration with the inclusion of an Ultra-Power Saving Mode.

Different perks are tossed in with the tablets: both feature a Multi-User Mode that works with the fingerprint scanner, and there’s a Kid Mode for when the kids are using it. Premium content also abounds, with WatchON, Milk Music, and Galaxy Gifts like a year of free GoGo in-flight WiFi access, a year of Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek, half a year of The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, and three months each of The New York Times, Sirius XM Radio, and Audible.

The Wi-Fi only versions of both tablets go up for pre-order tomorrow, with the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 being priced at $399.99 and the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 being priced at $499.99. They’ll be available for purchase later on in July, while the carrier models will arrive “later this year.”

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