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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 ritualm on 6/15/2014 2:01:30 PM , Rating: 2
That's how tablets have worked since day one, hello? Ever heard of YouTube or Netflix?? Or do you sit there and try watching everything from media files? Knowing you, probably the latter.

And exactly why is that such a bad thing? Oh right, your eyeballs are too glued to Google to notice that the cloud is no substitute to local storage.
Now I'm not saying more storage wouldn't be great, sure I would love as much storage as I can get. But in a typical use-case for the majority of people it just doesn't matter for a tablet.

The typical use case of tablets for the majority of people revolves around games. 16GB is too little. On a tablet where Sambloat eats more than a gigabyte of the 14.3GB total available internal storage space, that's a lot.
And you can call me an Samsung fanboi all you want. That doesn't change the fact that these are the best Android tablets currently available on the market. That doesn't mean I think they are PERFECT.

Way to contradict yourself in the same paragraph, and that third sentence does nothing to hide your unquestioned worship of Samsung.

You have a problem with tonyswash and Nortel drowning themselves in Apple Kool-Aid. Yet you start circling wagons and call others "retards" when they point out how you're being a hypocrite with your overzealous promotion of everything Samsung/Google. You treat every dissenting comment as a personal attack, and you have less grace than Tim Cook when it comes to knowing when to legitimately tell someone to pound sand.

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