Samsung Announces 8.4”, 10.5” Galaxy Tab S Family to Take on iPad Air, iPad mini
June 12, 2014 10:09 PM
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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.”
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...
6/13/2014 8:53:05 PM
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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