Samsung unveils the 8.4 and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S with high-res Super AMOLED displays

Ian Hardy

June 12, 2014 8:41pm

Samsung has already unveiled a slew of tablets this year, such as the Galaxy Tab4, TabPRO and the NotePRO series. At the GALAXY Premiere 2014 event in New York, Samsung unleashed another couple additions to the mix. Entering the market are the 8.4 and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S tablets, which both sport a WQXGA (2560×1600) Super AMOLED displays.

As for its overall design, the Tab S tablets will come in “titanium bronze” or “dazzling white” and have a similar backing to the Galaxy S5, and yes, the familiar physical home button on the front. What’s impressive about the tablets are how thin they are. Samsung has dubbed the Tab S as being the “thinnest and lightest tablet to date” as they both come in at 6.6mm, and only 465g (10.5-inch) and 294g (8.4-inch). As for specs, included in the slates is a 1.9GHz quad + 1.3GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 5 processor, 3GB RAM, 16/32GB of built-in storage, an 8MP camera and a 2.1 front-facing camera. The 8.4-inch Tab S has a 4,900mAh battery, while the 10.5-inch model is bumped up to a 7,900mAh — which reportedly gives up to 11-hours of battery life.

The Galaxy Tab S comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Samsung’s refined tablet Magazine UX, now called Papergarden, which gives users access to a bunch of reputable media partners (Condé Nast and National Geographic). Samsung has also upped the ante on content and partnered with Marvel for three months of unlimited free comics. In addition, Kindle for Samsung will also bring a free book to your tablet every month.

There is no word yet on a Canadian release, but pre-orders for the Wi-Fi versions will go live in the States next month. The Tab S 8.4 will cost $399 and the Tab S 10.5 costs $499.

Source: SamsungTomorrow

  • silver_arrow

    Serious question but why would anyone buy a Tab Pro now when they were just released and replaced just as quickly.

    • Garret Wilkinson

      Agreed. Their tablet deployment strategy doest make the most sense.

      Tab pro has the LCD and 9500mAh battery but the same specs otherwise so outside of the sAMOLED, the tab pro is still one of the best tabs out there.

    • Bri Bru

      The thickness and light weight count though.. but still not worth to upgrade

    • 5Gs

      Just like people buy iphone and then ipad on top and have the mac air as well. Some people have money. I know a guy who buys all the new phone that hits the market. literally he has all the new phones BNIB.

    • alphs22

      What? These are completely different situations. iPhones, iPads, and Macbook Airs are in completely different product categories, and Apple doesn’t release a new line every other month.

      Samsung OTOH, seems to release a new tablet lineup every month.

  • cartfan88

    Almost made it thru the week without Samsung releasing a couple of tablets. Thankfully not the case.

  • Conception

    Apple’s eating too many apples. Time for a diet fatty.

  • Rio

    That is actually really interesting, Apple usually tries hard to be the thinnest.

    Will be interesting to see if they try to beat that this fall.

  • Unorthodox

    I want S-Pen!

  • Rawrrr

    I hate buttons on my tablets, zomg! When will Samsung get on the software keys? Totally fine using my button on the Note 3 cuz I can still operate it single handed.. with the tablet ahhh! lol

  • wrc

    Samsung needs to do a proper Windows tablet. Android on tablets leaves a lot to be desired.

  • Bawd

    Prices in Canada are $419.99 and $519.99. The release date is June 27.

    Future Shop and Best Buy have them online for pre-orders now.

    • Bri Bru

      now we have G Tab pros on sale for $349 and $449.
      Not a bad deal.

  • Columbo

    What on earth is “dazzling white”? Just normal white?

    • 5Gs

      White with dazzles in it lol

    • Mindmeld

      Similar to Space Grey…just normal grey.

  • alphs22

    Another month, another new Samsung line of tablets

    Can’t wait for the inevitable Tab 9.3, Tab S 2.0, Tab S 8.4 Pro, Tab S 10.5 Pro, and Tab S Pro Mid-2014 Edition due out in the summer.

  • HatInTheRing

    What are the key differences between the TabS and TabPro4 (both 8.4″) besides a screen that is better? Is it much better? How about battery life. My friend as the TabPro4 8.4 and says the battery is mediocre…

  • Raj Singh

    It’s not the thinnest and lightest… the Z2 tablet is thinner and lighter.

  • Raj Singh

    Sony tablet is 6.4mm.

  • bloodless

    Why can’t they offer the 32GB version in Canada ?? 16GB fills up wayyyy too fast.

    • Thr1ve

      It has an SD card slot that supports up to 128GB micro SD cards… Use your internal storage for apps and games along with their data/config files, and throw everything else (all your media and stuff) on the SD card… You should have more than enough space.

  • Thr1ve

    I can’t be the only one who thinks that this infatuation with thin devices is absolutely ridiculous… What exactly do you gain from a thinner device, be it smartphones, tablets or even laptops? It doesn’t make them any more portable, especially when you consider that they’re all flat slabs of rigid plastic, magnesium or aluminum of at least 5″ to 13″ in size, so what’s the big deal with having a thinner device? All it does is limit what hardware can be put inside and sacrifices battery life due to the need to slim down the battery further for it to fit… Smartphones aren’t any more pocketable when they’re thinner, if you can’t fit a 5″ smartphone with a thickness of 11mm in your pocket, you’re not going to be able to fit a 5″ smartphone with a thickness of 6.4mm in there either… When it comes to tablets and laptops, thickness is even more irrelevant, as they’re usually carried in bags, not your pockets, a laptop bag meant for a 13″ laptop will fit any 13″ laptop, regardless if it’s 0.70″ thick or 1.2″ thick, so why are manufacturers (as well as many users) so infatuated with how thin their devices are? It’s a mostly useless limitation put on these devices for absolutely no gain whatsoever…

  • Thr1ve

    Another thing about the 10.5″ Galaxy Tab S, it features an (optional) keyboard dock with an internal battery, much like the Asus transformer line, making it a productivity monster compared to most other tablets on the market (especially considering the multi-window feature of Samsung tablets)… Sadly, the S-Pen (and Wacom digitizer) from the Note Pro isn’t included, that would have made this thing a beast for both productivity minded people and designers alike.