Samsung introduced its brand new Galaxy Tab S tablet at a media event in New York City this afternoon, the South Korean electronic’s makers latest attempt at taking the iPad head on. The Galaxy Tab S is thinner and lighter than previous tablets in the lineup, with a Super AMOLED display that boasts a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. The tablet will be available next month in both 8.4-inch ($399) and 10.5-inch ($499) sizes.
According to Samsung, the Super AMOLED display allows for better color range, contrast and outdoor visibility than any other LCD display on the market. The screen isn’t perfect, however, as one report claims it still looks over-saturated like other Samsung devices. That opinion belongs to Dan Seifert of The Verge, who published an in-depth article about the new Galaxy Tab S just hours ago.
“In person, they are very bright and very vibrant, though they still exhibit the over-saturated look anyone that’s used a Galaxy S smartphone can relate to,” said Seifert. “Samsung is including some software tools to tweak colors and brightness, which help make the displays easier to look at while reading. But really, Samsung designed these for watching video, and for that they look great.”
The Galaxy Tab S has an interesting new feature called SideSync 3.0, allowing you to receive and answer phone calls from a nearby Galaxy S5 that is within Wi-Fi range. The tablet has several other features, including a baseline 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and built-in Wi-Fi support. LTE-capable models are expected to be released later this year. The tablet is just 6.6 mm thick and the 8.4-inch model actually weighs in a few grams lighter than the iPad mini.
The tablet comes with Android 4.4 KitKat installed, although Samsung applies its custom TouchWiz software over top. In terms of accessories, there will be a Book Cover and Simple Cover available to protect the tablet against scratches and dents. Samsung also has a Bluetooth keyboard for the 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S model, which essentially turns the tablet into a netbook or basic laptop.
Samsung is relentless in its efforts to compete against the iPad. It has already released at least nine tablets this year with various sizes, designs and purposes, but the iPad continues to be the market leader by a fair percentage. Part of the reason, as Seifert noted in his report, is that the Android tablet app ecosystem is still relatively weak. Whether the Galaxy Tab S can be a hit remains to be seen.
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