Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab S tablet


Manufacturer’s boss says it is “setting the bar higher for the entire mobile industry” with release of tablet next month

Samsung last night unveiled the Galaxy Tab S tablet at a launch event taking place at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Mobile News attended the event, with a full report upcoming in issue 567 (June 30) of the magazine.

The device, which will come in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch variants, will be available in selected markets from next month, including the UK.

The 8.4-inch variant weighs 294g while the 10.5inch model tips the scales at 465g. They will be available in white and bronze, with both 6.6mm thick.

The Galaxy Tab S is powered by both a 1.9GHz and 1.3GHz processors, running the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

It has a Super AMOLED screen that produces 2,560×1,600 pixels, which Samsung said makes blacks darker and whites brighter.

The tablet’s contrast ratio of 100,000:1 is 100 times better than that found on an LCD screen. Samsung said it also produces 20 per cent more colour range than an LCD screen does.

Samsung CEO and president of IT and mobile JK Shin said: “The tablet is becoming a popular personal viewing device for enjoying content, which makes the quality of the display a critical feature.

“With the launch of the Galaxy Tab S, Samsung is setting the bar higher for the entire mobile industry. It will provide consumers with a visual and entertainment experience that brings colours to life.”

Other specifications include an eight megapixel rear and two megapixel front camera, HD video recording, 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of internal memory that can be the expanded to 128GB with a microSD card.

The Galaxy Tab S will also come with a variety of pre-loaded content.

This includes ‘Kick’, a football app that provides news and data in real-time as matches are played, and ‘Papergarden’, Samsung’s magazine service that will enable users to view a range of publications. This will initally launch in the UK, US, Korea and Brazil, with further countries to follow.

Samsung has also partnered with more than 30 mobile and content service providers, including Marvel and Amazon.

Users will be able to gain access to more than 15,000 Marvel Comics with three months of unlimited free membership to the Marvel Unlimited app.

Kindle for Samsung, which is exclusive for the manufacturer’s customers, provides users with a free book every month through Samsung Book Deals, also providing them with a selection of e-books in the Kindle store.