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Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab S devices as light as Air

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 13 Jun 2014 19:37

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab S devices as light as Air Samsung has revealed their ninth and tenth tablets of the year so far, the Galaxy Tab S available as an 8.4-inch model and a 10.5-inch model.
The device looks similar to older Galaxy Tabs, but is once again lighter and thinner, at 6.6mm thick and 16 ounces for the larger model. It is thinner than the iPad Air, and is just as light, with just 2 grams separating the two devices.

Samsung noted that the company now has 22.6 percent of the tablet market with its wide range of Galaxy Tab devices. Apple is still the clear leader, but the margin has been shrinking.

Most notably, the devices have Super-AMOLED displays with resolution of 2560 x 1600, and the display has already received rave reviews from demo units. In addition, the devices have fingerprint readers just like the Galaxy S5, although the reader has generally been panned.

The device runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and has Samsung's own suite of applications including Knox and embedded hardware security that should interest enterprise users.

Under the hood is a ridiculous Exynos 5 Octa chipset (a 1.9GHz quad-core chip, a 1.3GHz quad-core chip and 3GB of RAM), 16GB internal storage (microSD slot accepts 128GB cards), 802.11 abcn Wi-Fi with MIMO, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual cameras, 8MP and 2.1MP. The battery promises about 11 hours of use, on par with the iPad Air.

As far as special software features go, Samsung has its standard multi-windows, SideSync 3.0 for seamless syncing of your phone (including a full copy of your phone showing up on your tablet) and Adaptive Display so the tablet changes modes depending on what media you are consuming (books, movies, Web browsing).

Prices start at $399 for the 8.4 and $499 for the 10.5-inch tablet. Both are set for release on July 10th.

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