Mobiles & Tablets

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab S in New York

Bhavana Acharya New York | Updated on June 13, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Queues thronging New York City’s Madison Square Gardens, anticipation running high, excited crowds. No, it wasn’t a concert. It was, instead, an event showcasing the latest tablet from the Samsung stable, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.

The company’s share in the global tablet market has inched up to 22 per cent from less than 20 per cent three years ago. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is now the flagship model for its tablet product range.

Improved visuals

What’s so special about this tablet? Well, it’s the first tablet to have a super AMOLED display, which was earlier available in some of Samsung’s smartphones. These screens have fewer layers than a typical LCD display and don’t require backlights; in turn using up less power. These screens also offer wider and deeper colours, as well as better viewing outdoors in daylight, raising the overall visual experience.

Among the other innovations the Galaxy Tab S offers is Papergarden, Samsung’s magazine service. Content providers Samsung has partnered include Conde Nast, National Geographic, and Marvel Entertainment.

Multi-tasking

The Galaxy Tab S also syncs with other devices – a smartphone or laptop, for instance. Users can make or receive calls directly on their tablet using the ‘call forwarding’ feature via SideSync 3.0. The multi-tasking facility on the tablet allows users to surf the web, share content, and answer calls, without the need to close out one for accessing the other.

The tablet is also among the slimmest on the market, being all of 6.6 mm in thickness, and therefore quite lightweight. The device is available in two sizes – an 8.4 inch and 10.5 inch display. It comes with a 3GB RAM plus a 16/32 GB internal memory (micro SD up to 128GB), and an Exynos 5 octa processor. It sports an 8 megapixel camera as well. The tablet is due to be launched in the US in July. The smaller screen model will cost $399 while the larger model’s price tag is $499, though prices and launch dates will vary with regions.

Published on June 13, 2014

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