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...
6/15/2014 5:58:38 PM
Isn't that really very relative to one's needs?
Personally... for around $450, I'd go for Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 8.
It is "only" 8" 1080p display, but it has decent CPU, plenty of storage, USB port... and I'm finding my current Windows tablet so much more useful than my current Android tablet, so there's that. Works flawlessly in my home network, access to printers, scanner, file shares... cloud is fine, but price of internet access in many hotels (and lack of quality) is a turn-down for me when away from home. And at home, lan is so much more convenient than cloud - if you have capacity.
For $450, you can get this SKU on Amazon:
Intel Z3770 Quad Core 1.46GHz(2MB Cache, boost up to 2.39GHz)
Windows 8.1 32-bit
Office Home and Student 2013 Full Version
Intel HD graphics (Bay Trail)
2GB PC3 DDR3 onboard memory
64 GB eMMC storage
Up to 8 hours of battery
802.11 a/b/g/n wifi - Bluetooth 4.0
1 x Mini USB 3.0 - Micro HDMI 1.4a - MicroSD Slot
Alternatively, Lenovo Miix 2 is listed at $499 on Lenovo US site, with 10" 1080p display, 64GB storage, microSD, USB port. And all the same benefits as above mentioned TPTablet 8.
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