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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.


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RE: Happy with my Samsung...
By Spuke on 6/13/2014 12:20:21 PM , Rating: 2
Some people here are just weird. This is probably Samsung's best tablet IMO. FINALLY the specs match the price they charge. And with that Sears deal, this is a no brainer. Too bad I have absolutely zero need for a tablet.

RE: Happy with my Samsung...
By Reclaimer77 on 6/13/2014 12:28:39 PM , Rating: 2
I don't get it. Samsung is pretty much the only Android vendor supporting additional storage. Especially in a tablet, and people are going to bi*tch about the internal storage?

So I guess for %499 it needs to have the best screen with QHD, 100GB of storage, an SD slot, the top SoC, AND be lighter and thinner than Apple's tablets....

Gee Retro doesn't ask for much, does he?

RE: Happy with my Samsung...
By retrospooty on 6/13/2014 12:37:24 PM , Rating: 2
I didnt ask for any of that... The same spec as is at 32gb would be fine... For $500, put in another 2 dollars worth of flash FFS.

RE: Happy with my Samsung...
By karimtemple on 6/13/2014 2:11:13 PM , Rating: 2
You really come up with the strangest things to argue about. I love to argue, but even I don't pick arguments that are stupid.

Of course we like the tablet. It's great. But once again, the "$500 and all you get is 16GB" thing is getting really old. It isn't 2011 anymore.

Again, that's: Love the tablet, hate the 16GB for $500.

We all know the BoM on these things is like $300. They could put 16 more goddamn gigabytes in it. Saying that is not saying "OMFG I HATE SAMSUNG." Stop being weird.

RE: Happy with my Samsung...
By Reclaimer77 on 6/13/2014 2:31:50 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung is obviously targeting the iPad with these tablets. And if Apple is getting $100 per memory upgrade, then OFC Samsung is going to do the same. That's just basic business!

But at least with Samsung, you get an SD slot. That's all I'm saying. For the same money as the iPad, there's WAY more value here.

Of course I would love to have a terabyte on every device I own. But that's just not the world we live in right now.

RE: Happy with my Samsung...
By ritualm on 6/15/2014 2:09:42 PM , Rating: 2
But at least with Samsung, you get an SD slot.

Thanks to KitKat, that SD slot is useless , so you're still looking at 16GB for $500. Samsung can put another 16GB into that tablet and the BOM goes up by a dollar at most.

"WAY more value"? Yeah right. This thing is overpriced by a full one hundred bucks.

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