A worthy competitor to Apple's iPad
If it's a premium Android tablet you're after, you'll want to look into Samsung's new flagahip Galaxy Tab S family . There are two versions up for grabs -- an 8.4-inch model and a 10.5-inch SKU, both of which wield a Super AMOLED display with a 2560x1600 resolution (that's the same as most 30-inch monitors that predate 4K). In addition to the high resolution display, the Galaxy Tab S line is notable for its remarkably thin profile.
They're only 6.6mm thick, while the 10.5-inch model weighs a mere 465 grams for the Wi-Fi version, or 467 grams for the LTE model. The 8.4-inch model checks in at just 294 grams (Wi-Fi) and 298 grams (LTE).
"Building on the heritage of the Galaxy S smartphone line, the Galaxy Tab S line delivers on our commitment to bring meaningful innovation that our customers care most about," said Gregory Lee , president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters. "We know consumers want the best screen when purchasing a tablet, and as an undisputed leader in display technology, we’ve brought our industry-leading Super AMOLED screen to the Tab S for an unrivaled viewing experience in both connected and Wi-Fi options."
Wi-Fi models ship with a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa chipset consisting of four Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 1.9GHz and four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.3GHz; LTE versions go the Snapdragon 800 route and sport a 2.3GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU. Both also feature 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 8MP rear-facing camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.4 KitKat. There's a bigger battery in the 10.5-inch model compared to the 8.4-inch version -- 7900mAh versus 4900mAh.
Both are available to pre-order today starting at $400 (8.4-inch) and $500 (10.5-inch) and will be available to purchase sometime in July.