Samsung has officially announced theÃ‚Â Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4.
The tablets feature Super AMOLED screens of WQHD resolution (2560 x 1600 pixels) resulting in impressively high pixel density. For the 10.5″ Galaxy Tab S 10.5, it’s 288 ppi, while the 8.4″ Galaxy Tab S 8.4 one cranks it up to 359 ppi.
The Super AMOLED panels not only offer excellent contrast and saturated colors, but also come with the added benefit of being extra slim.
The Galaxy Tab S duo is just 6.6mm thick (just 0.2mm short of matching the Xperia Z2 Tablet record) and quite light. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.5 Wi-Fi weighs 465 grams (467 grams for the LTE version) and the Galaxy Tab 8.4 is just 294 grams (298 grams for the LTE unit).
Samsung will offer the tablets with two chipset varieties. The LTE variants pack a Snapdragon 800 chipset with a 2.3GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU, while the Wi-Fi version offers Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa chipset with a quad 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 and quad 1.9GHz Cortex-A15. Both configurations come with 3GB of RAM.
In terms for storage, both come in either 16GB or 32GB flavors with a microSD card slot on board supporting up to 128GB cards. Despite the slim waistlines, battery size for both tablets is decent – the 10.5″ features a 7,900mAh Li-Ion battery and the 8.4″ has a 4,900mAh juice pack.
At the back, both tablets sport 8MP cameras with LED flashes, capable of recording 1080p video. Above the display, both have 2.1MP front-facing snappers.
The Galaxy Tab S family also boasts a number of sensors – IR blaster on the side and a fingerprint scanner in the Home button are the main stars here. As far as design is concerned, the slates take a lot of cues from the Galaxy S5, as the back is plastic with a faux leather look.
The slates run Android 4.4 KitKat and Samsung’s Magazine UX, which offers a lot additions to the user interface such as the Multi Window split-screen view, S Voice and an array of proprietary apps.
In the US Samsung will launch the pre-orders for the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4 today, but actual shipments are expected to start on in July.
Prices start at $399 for the Galaxy Tab 8.4 and $499 for the Galaxy Tab S 10.5.[signoff predefined=”Enjoy this?” icon=”icon-users”][/signoff]