Samsung has officially announced the much rumored Galaxy Tab S range at its Premiere 2014 event in New York City. The two new tablets sport some new high-end features and like most Samsung tablets, come with a ton of freebies users might never want to use.
To kick things off, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 both come with 2560×1600 AMOLED displays. For the 10.5-inch model, it offers a pixel density of 288 ppi and on the 8.4-inch model that goes up to 359 ppi. Samsung talked about how the AMOLED displays offer better battery life and automatic lighting functionality.
The design of the Galaxy Tab S has a lot of influences from the Galaxy S5. The dimpled leather back will still receive mixed reviews, but the thin and light construction of the Galaxy Tab S will be a winner for many users.
Internally, the Galaxy Tab S boasts some impressive specs, including a Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage expandable up to 128GB, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera, a fingerprint sensor, WiFi and LTE options and comes running Android 4.4.2.
We are surprised Samsung has integrated the fingerprint sensor onto the Galaxy Tab S devices, considering this is a key feature for the Galaxy S5. We suppose now that the Galaxy Tab S devices have a fingerprint sensor, the Galaxy Note 4 will also have one added to the device.
No heart rate sensor has been added to the Galaxy Tab S models, meaning the S Health app will not be as functional as it is on the Galaxy S5. We are not sure if this is for exclusivity or simply because they couldn’t add it onto the tablets.
Like we said before, the two Galaxy Tab S devices come with a lot of freebies. Dropbox, Evernote, Kindle for Samsung and even Marvel Unlimited, alongside another 26 freebies. We are not sure how many of these freebies the users will actually enjoy, but it definitely shows commitment to adding content on the Galaxy Tab S.
Samsung will launch the two Galaxy Tab S models on June 13 for pre-orders, with an official launch date sometime in July on Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, Walmart. No word on an international launch, we expect it to come a month later. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will cost $399.99 at launch and the 10.5 model will cost $499.99.
For carrier models, Samsung has stated these will be available in a few months and might only be available on select carriers. No word on how much the LTE version will cost.