Samsung Galaxy Tab S to be released in the UK on July 4


Variants priced at £319 and £399 to go on sale at retailers including John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Group 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S – the manufacturer’s thinnest and lightest tablet to date – will go on sale in the UK from July 4.

It will be available from online and high street retailers including John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Group, as well as Samsung Experience Stores and the Samsung Store at Westfield Stratford City.

The 8.4-inch WiFi version will cost £319, with the 10.5-inch WiFi version priced at £399.

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab S at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 12 – an event Mobile News was present at.

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.

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.

Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland marketing director Ines van Gennip labelled the Galaxy Tab S “a game-changer for the mobile industry” and “a must-have mobile device.”