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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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RE: Happy with my Samsung...
By retrospooty on 6/13/2014 2:30:00 PM , Rating: 2
"Going by that logic, a 4K screen would just be a "few" dollars more, they could double the CPU speed for a "few" dollars more, and for a few dollars more, this could have USB 3, an HDMI out, and an internal SSD drive."e."

That is a whole lot of not what I said. Storage, that is it and that is all. It literally does cost a few dollars when buying in bulk.

"you cannot find a SINGLE positive thing to say about them"

There is alot of positive. Great res, CPU, RAM,, Thin/light design, generally Sammy uses good fast flash memory, they dont fail in high #'s, SD support is always good. There, 7 nice things... But I wouldn't buy it becasue of the one - LOL.

RE: Happy with my Samsung...
By Spuke on 6/13/2014 6:57:22 PM , Rating: 2
That is a whole lot of not what I said. Storage, that is it and that is all. It literally does cost a few dollars when buying in bulk.
Except the people buying these don't care cause all their sh!ts in the cloud. The only people I know that actually have stuff on their mobile devices are the 3 guys in this thread. Samsung could've did like a lot of others and left the SD card out and still sold the same amount of tablets but they DID cater to the .03% of people that want extra onboard storage, spent a few extra dollars and installed a SD card slot. Awesome if you ask me. But you whiners are never happy about anything.

RE: Happy with my Samsung...
By retrospooty on 6/13/2014 8:01:02 PM , Rating: 2
That is perfectly fine, but wouldn't you rather see 32gb on a brand new high end $500 tablet?

RE: Happy with my Samsung...
By aliasfox on 6/13/2014 8:53:05 PM , Rating: 2
If my iPad's at home, I don't give a crap where my data is. If I'm in the back of coach, in a foreign hotel with dodgy internet, or even on the train ride down to my parents, you'd better be sure I want as much on my tablet as I can have, locally. An SD card might be fine, but really, if it's only ever going to live in my tablet and never get taken out anyway, I'd really just rather have the storage built in, and the extra physical space used for more battery life or something. I'd happily pay a little more for the convenience - $2-3 extra per GB seems more than reasonable, especially considering the volumes Apple buys at... and heck, Samsung makes the bloody stuff. So come on already!

... And I just realized how British I sound in that paragraph. Apologies, comes from working with too many of them.

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