Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and 8.4 are the Latest High-End Samsung Tablets

Last Updated: September 3, 2014

Samsung has just announced a couple of new high-end tablets at the “Galaxy Premier 2014” event, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and the Galaxy Tab S 8.4. Samsung already launched high-end tablets in the form of the NotePRO and TabPRO range of tablets earlier in the year and now, the Tab S range is here.

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The Tab S range is reminiscent of the Galaxy S5 and these new tablets do borrow a lot of features from the Samsung smartphone flagship. They feature the same dotted pattern back, there’s also the fingerprint scanner on the home button. The new tablets are also ultra thin, measuring only 6.6 mm thick. As you would have already guessed, the Tab S 8.1 features a 8.4-inch Super AMOLED display and the Tab S 10.5 features a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display. The displays on these devices are said to be adaptive to apps. They adjust saturation, gamma, sharpness based on the app you are using.

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Both the tablets feature a lot of similar specs. The displays on both the tablets have the same WQXGA (2560x1600p) resolution. They are powered by either the Octa-core Exynos 5422 or the Snapdragon 800 processor, depending on the region. They come with 3 gigs of RAM, 16 or 32 GB internal storage along with microSD expansion up to 128 GB.

Both the Tab S tablets feature an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2.1 MP front facing camera. The tablets will come in both WiFi and 4G LTE variants. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, IrLED, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou.

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They run on Android 4.4 KitKat along with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz features such as Kids Mode, Ultra Power Saving Mode and more. There’s also the latest call forwarding feature, which lets you receive your phone calls on your Tab S when your Samsung smartphone is synced. Samsung has also partnered with Marvel to bring the Tab S buyers three months of Marvel subscription for free via the Marvel Unlimited app. Tab S users will also enjoy Netflix in high defination in selected countries.

The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 packs in a 7900 mAh battery while the Tab S 8.4 features a 4900 mAh battery. The Tab S tablets go on sale in select markets by the end of this month, that is June. Both the tablets will come in Titanium Bronze and Dazzling White colors. The WiFi variants of the Tab S 10. and Tab S 8.4 are priced at US $499 (~Rs. 29,500) and US $399 (~Rs. 23,700) respectively. Samsung hasn’t revealed when they plan to bring the tablet to India but we should know soon.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 & 8.4 Specifications:

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Display10.5-inch Super AMOLED8.4-inch Super AMOLED
ResolutionWQXGA (2560x1600p) WQXGA (2560x1600p)
ProcessorExynos 5422 Octa-core (A15 1.9 GHz + A7 1.3 GHz) or 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processorExynos 5422 Octa-core (A15 1.9 GHz + A7 1.3 GHz) or 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor
RAM3GB3GB
Memory16/32GB16/32GB
microSD expansionYes
up to 128GB
Yes
up to 128GB
Camera8MP rear camera with flash
2.1MP front-facing camera
8MP rear camera with flash
2.1MP front-facing camera
OSAndroid 4.4 KitKatAndroid 4.4 KitKat
Battery7900 mAh4900 mAh
Connectivity4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, IrLED, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, IrLED, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Dimensions and Weight246.9 x 173.5 x 6.6mm
465g (Wifi) /467g(LTE)
200.8 x 144.3 x 6.6mm
298g(WiFi) /294g(LTE)
PriceWiFi variant - approx Rs. 29,500 (expected)WiFi variant - approx Rs. 23,700 (expected)

Comparison:

Samsung’s new Tab S tablets are truly high end with some heavy duty specs and lots of feature packed in. At its price, there is some tough competition in the form of the Apple iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display. Let’s see if Samsung’s new tablets manage to give the Apple tablets a tough time.

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5Apple iPad Air 16GB WiFiSamsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4Apple iPad mini with Retina display 16GB WiFi
Display10.5-inch Super AMOLED display
WQXGA (2560x1600p) resolution
9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display
1536x2048p resolution
8.4-inch Super AMOLED display
WQXGA (2560x1600p)
7.9-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display
1536x2048p resolution
ProcessorExynos 5422 Octa-core (A15 1.9 GHz + A7 1.3 GHz) or 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processorApple A7 chipset - Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based) processorExynos 5422 Octa-core (A15 1.9 GHz + A7 1.3 GHz) or 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processorApple A7 chipset - Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based) processor
RAM3GB1GB3GB1GB
Memory16/32GB internal storage
microSD expansion up to 128GB
16GB fixed storage
32/64/128GB options
16/32GB internal storage
microSD expansion up to 128GB
16GB fixed storage
32/64/128GB options
Camera8MP rear camera with flash
2.1MP front-facing camera
5MP rear camera
1.2MP front-facing camera
8MP rear camera with flash
2.1MP front-facing camera
8MP rear camera with flash
2.1MP front-facing camera
Dimensions and Weight246.9 x 173.5 x 6.6mm
465g(Wifi) / 467g(LTE)
240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm
469g(Wi-Fi) / 478g(3G/LTE)
200.8 x 144.3 x 6.6mm
298g(WiFi) /294g(LTE)
200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm
331g(Wi-Fi) / 341g(3G/LTE)
Battery7900 mAh8820 mAh4900 mAh6471 mAh
OSAndroid 4.4 KitKatiOS 7, upgradable to iOS 8 later this yearAndroid 4.4 KitKatiOS 7, upgradable to iOS 8 later this year
PriceWiFi variant - approx Rs. 29,500 (expected)Rs. 35,900WiFi variant - approx Rs. 23,700 (expected)Rs. 28,900

The Samsung Tab S tablets surely pack a punch when it comes to specifications and if priced well, these tablets might sell pretty well. It should be priced on the higher side and with the competition being Apple’s offerings, it will be surely tough for Samsung. If you ask me, I would suggest you to go with Apple’s iPad tablets but if you are a fan of Android and Samsung then the Tab S offerings shouldn’t disappoint you.

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Rupesh is an avid mobile geek and a movie lover. He loves to keep a tab on new gadgets and loves watching movies. Now a high time tech blogger here, along with a daytime engineering student. You might soon find him blogging about movies too!

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