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Samsung's latest Android tablets manage to beat Apple's iPads on weight, and thinness

Samsung is bolstering its efforts in the tablet market with two new offerings which JK Shin, CEO of Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Division, says are “setting the industry bar higher for the entire mobile industry.”
 
Like the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display, the 8.4” and 10.5” Galaxy Tab S tablets share the same display resolution and processor/GPU, which means they mainly differ in screen and battery size. That means that both comes equipped with a Exynos 5 Octa processor (1.9 GHz quad-core + 1.3 GHz quad-core) for Wi-Fi models, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (2.3GHz quad-core) for LTE models, 3GB RAM, 2560x1600 resolution Super AMOLED displays, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera, and optional LTE connectivity. Both tablets of course run Android 4.4 KitKat.

 
Besides the differences in screen size, the 8.4” model comes with a 4,900 mAh battery while the 12.5” model has a larger 7,900 mAh battery.
 
Both models are also thinner and lighter than their respectively iPad counterparts. The 10.5” Galaxy Tab S weighs 465g and is 6.6mm thick compared to 469g and 7.5mm for the iPad Air. Likewise, the 8.4” Galaxy Tab S weighs 294g and is 6.6mm thick compared to 331g and 7.5mm for the iPad mini with Retina Display.

 
The 8.4” and 10.5” Galaxy Tab S will be available next month starting at $399 and $499 respectively. Both will be available in Titanium Bronze or Dazzling White.

 

Source: Samsung



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another poker in the fire
By Nortel on 6/12/2014 10:43:00 PM , Rating: -1
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Both models are also thinner and lighter than their respectively iPad counterparts.


These tablets are being announced 9 months after the last iPad models with Apple 3 months away from releasing new models... Who knows A: when these will be released and B: if the new iPad's will be even thinner and lighter?

With Android tablet apps seriously lacking in quantity and quality (scaling problems, compatibility...) I can't see a reason for these to be purchased.. unless the built in apps were all that was required.




RE: another poker in the fire
By somaguy1999 on 6/12/14, Rating: 0
RE: another poker in the fire
By w8gaming on 6/13/2014 12:12:39 AM , Rating: 1
Personally I feel after a few years of sales, most people already own one or more tablets that perform at respective speed. If they are not broken, shelling out more money again to buy another one seems not getting the money worth. Sure, lighter weight is nice, so is AMOLED and higher res, but the older one is only slightly heavier and has less brighter but still colorful display still seems good enough.

And this applies to the iPads as well.


RE: another poker in the fire
By tonyswash on 6/13/2014 11:16:01 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Personally I feel after a few years of sales, most people already own one or more tablets that perform at respective speed. If they are not broken, shelling out more money again to buy another one seems not getting the money worth. Sure, lighter weight is nice, so is AMOLED and higher res, but the older one is only slightly heavier and has less brighter but still colorful display still seems good enough.

And this applies to the iPads as well


I agree. I think the replacement cycle for tablets could be quite long. I have an iPad 2 and it does the job pretty well. I will probably upgrade this fall if the new iPad Air has Touch ID, the A8 chip will be sweet with Metal, but after that I won't be upgrading again for years.


RE: another poker in the fire
By retrospooty on 6/13/2014 5:05:12 PM , Rating: 2
"I have an iPad 2 and it does the job pretty well."

Wow... My iPad is better then your iPad? :P

Bizzaroworld


RE: another poker in the fire
By retrospooty on 6/13/2014 8:05:48 AM , Rating: 3
"I can't see a reason for these to be purchased"

Really Nortel? You, the guy who pops in to every article about any Apple competitor and poo poo's on any product that competes with Apple, see no reason for this one to be purchased either?

Amazing. Next you'll tell me Tony Swash thinks Apple is better and TesterWazza thinks everyone is a moron.


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