Samsung has launched its Galaxy Tab S series in India. These tablets come in two sizes 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch. Since the beginning of 2014 Samsung has launched 9 different tablets, not including the just launched Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and 8.4. We must say the two new tablets are looking best of the bunch so far. Here is our first impression of Galaxy Tab 10.5 and 8.4.
Once again plastic is the material of choice for Samsung to build these tablets, which makes them light but it also make them feel cheaper than the iPad. Galaxy Tab s 10.5 weighs just 467 grams (less than iPad Air) and Galaxy Tab 8.4 weighs just 298 grams (less than iPad mini). Both the tablets are super thin and at just 6.6mm they are thinner than iPad Air and iPad mini.
The back of both the tablets features non-removable, plastic case that sports a dimpled ‘perforated’ texture similar to Galaxy S5. Both tablets look like blown up version of the Galaxy S5.
Samsung has tried to be innovative with the back of Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and 8.4 by placing two circular clips for its smart cover, so it can be clipped on easily.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and 8.4 feature Super AMOLED screens with display resolution of 2560×1600 pixels for both the tablets. Galaxy Tab 10.5 has a pixel density of 288ppi and Galaxy Tab 8.4 gets a pixel density of 359ppi. These Super AMOLED displays do not require backlight so it helps make these devices thinner than most other tablets.
The viewing angles, brightness, contrast as well as clarity on this display are all impressive. Text and graphics looked extremely crisp and sharp.The colours are bit oversaturated – but we expect that from all AMOLED displays.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and 8.4 in India are powered by an Exynos 5 octa-core processor (four 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores) coupled with 3GB of RAM, while the international version of the tablet has a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with integrated LTE functionality. It has 16GB internal storage and a microSD card slot that supports cards of up to 128GB.
Samsung has added the fingerprint sensor to the home button of both these tablets just like the Galaxy S5. And just as in Galaxy S5, it is not very accurate and you need to swipe your finger number of times over it to unlock the devices.
There is an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash on the back of both these tablets and 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera on these tablets is just ‘OK’.
Connectivity options on the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and 8.4 include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, 3G and voice calling capability.Samsung has said that it will soon launch a 4G-LTE version of the tablet with support for Indian 4G bands.
The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 has a 7900mAh battery and the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has a 4900mAh battery.
Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and 8.4 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI running on top of it. The tablet offers software features like SideSync 3.0, which allows users to make and receive calls and share content through their Galaxy S5 phones over Wi-Fi direct.
Another great software feature is the Samsung’s Split Screen mode, which lets you run 2 apps simultaneously. However, we would have loved to have more than 2 apps open in the Split Screen mode like in the Galaxy Note Pro 10.5.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch model is available for Rs.44,800 ($745), while the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab S retails at Rs.37,800 (around $630).Samsung is also offering free content bundled with the tablet which includes 100 free HD movies, quarterly subscription to 21 Indian magazines, quarterly subscription to Marvel Unlimited service for access to comic books and free books through Kindle for Samsung and Google Play apps.
Very soon we will have a full detailed review of both these tablets, so stay tuned for that.