The casual observer might think that Samsung has too many Android tablets. Between the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (from 2013, of course), no less than four versions of Tab and Note Pros, and the fourth generation of low-end Galaxy Tab hardware, the casual observer is right. But that's not stopping Samsung's shotgun approach to market coverage. The company has just announced the new Galaxy Tab S line, modeled after the flagship Galaxy S5 in more ways than one.

The 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch tablets use the same looks as the S5, complete with a dimpled plastic rear and Samsung's ubiquitous physical home button, which still looks pretty awful on an Android tablet. But what will certainly turn heads more than the trim are the brand-spanking new screens, both of which use the Super AMOLED technology seen on most Samsung phones. Samsung hasn't made a Super AMOLED tablet since the Galaxy Tab 7.7 way back in 2011, instead opting for cheaper LCDs for the larger panels. Super AMOLED isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it's generally more bright and vibrant than even the best LCD screens. At 2560x1600 resolution for both Galaxy Tab S models, these are the highest-res AMOLED panels that Samsung has made yet for Android devices.

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Underneath the screens are either 1.9/1.3Ghz Exynos 5 Octa processors or more typical 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 chips, the latter being reserved for GSM-LTE models. RAM is 3GB for both models, and both will be available in the usual 16GB and 32GB flavors with a MicroSD card slot. Both tablets use identical 8MP/2MP camera setups for the rear and front, respectively, complete with an LED flash. Each model is impressively slim at just 6.6mm, but the 8.4" version has a 4,900mAh battery, while the larger 10.5" tablet gets a full 7,900mAh version. Both tablets get the fingerprint sensor from the Galaxy S5, but not the built-in pulse oximeter. The only other difference between them is that the LTE version of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will have a smartphone-style proximity sensor, while the bigger tablet won't get one in any form.

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Initially the Galaxy Tab S will be available in white and bronze (black with shiny gold trim) editions, and they'll come with Samsung's usual bevy of pack-in software and reward discounts, including a customized version of Amazon Kindle with a free (presumably pre-selected) book each month and three free months of Marvel's Unlimited comics service. Both tablets will run Android 4.4 and TouchWiz at launch. Naturally they'll be marketing various accessories for the tablets, none of which will be worth the retail price if previous Samsung cases and keyboards are anything to go on.

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Samsung says the Galaxy Tab S will be available in "select markets" in July, and as usual, they haven't included a price. With those gigantic Super AMOLED screens and specs similar to the Tab Pro line, expect the price tags to go sky high. AT&T says they will be "among the first" US carriers to offer the Galaxy Tab S, though they don't say which one or when.

Update: Samsung Mobile USA has sent out pricing and release information for the United States models. The 16GB Wi-Fi versions of the tablet will be $399.99 and $499.99 for the 8.4" and 10.5" Galaxy Tab S, respectively. Pre-orders for the Wi-Fi tablets are already open at some retailers. The Galaxy Tab S will have a full release sometime in July, with LTE versions coming to AT&T (8.4), Sprint (10.5), T-Mobile (10.5), and Verizon (8.4 and 10.5) later this year.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Samsung Electronics announced the Galaxy Tab S, Samsung’s thinnest and lightest tablet to date. This Super AMOLED tablet combines the most advanced display technology with a full range of premium content for an unrivaled entertainment experience. The Galaxy Tab S is also powered with enhanced productivity features for effortless multitasking, all elegantly housed in a highly stylish, yet practical design.

“The tablet is becoming a popular personal viewing device for enjoying content, which makes the quality of the display a critical feature,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “With the launch of the Galaxy Tab S, Samsung is setting the industry bar higher for the entire mobile industry. It will provide consumers with a visual and entertainment experience that brings colors to life, beautifully packaged in a sleek and ultra-portable mobile device.”

Turn up the Color with the Industry’s Best Mobile Display – Super AMOLED

The Galaxy Tab S embodies the next evolution in mobile display technology, delivering a wider range of rich and crisp colors. Its industry-leading WQXGA (2560×1600, 16:10) Super AMOLED display delivers more than 90% of Adobe RGB color coverage – expressing more colors than ever before – and has a remarkable 100,000:1 contrast ratio which provides deeper and more realistic images by making blacks darker and whites brighter.

The Galaxy Tab S also features additional Samsung screen technologies that go beyond the hardware specifications. The tablet’s Adaptive Display ensures the best visual experience anywhere, anytime by intelligently adjusting gamma, saturation, and sharpness based on the application being viewed, the color temperature of the viewing environment and ambient lighting. Pre-set professional modes – AMOLED Cinema and AMOLED Photo – also let users manually adjust the display settings for bright, dynamic results for both video and photo content.

In addition, Galaxy Tab S users can fully enjoy content clearly and easily outdoors, even in bright sunlight. The tablet’s advanced outdoor visibility technology makes on-screen content look bright, natural, and easy to view.

Since Super AMOLED technology doesn’t require a backlight, the Galaxy Tab S consumes less energy than comparative LCD displays while maintaining a very portable design. Both models have a sleek 6.6mm profile and at only 465g (10.5-inch) and 294g (8.4-inch)*, that are light and easy to carry. With its longer-lasting battery, and Ultra-Power Saving Mode, the Galaxy Tab S lets consumer enjoy hours of entertainment without having to worry about recharging.

* Device weights are measured with WIFI only version of Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch

Premium Content Eco-System

The Galaxy Tab S is made for entertainment and comes packed with a variety of content including:

- Samsung’s magazine service, “Papergarden” debuts on the Galaxy Tab S. An optimized viewing environment for digital interactive magazines, users will be able to view a wide range of popular magazines with vivid and true-to-life colors.

- Galaxy Gifts: Samsung has teamed up with more than 30 of the world’s leading mobile content and service providers to offer its Galaxy Tab S users the ultimate home, work, and play entertainment experience through premium content and services across a wide range of industries. Some of these include:

o With Samsung’s strategic partnership with Marvel, Galaxy Tab S users will be able to access over 15,000 Marvel Comics through 3 months of unlimited free membership to Marvel’s “Marvel Unlimited” app.

o Kindle for Samsung: Exclusively for Samsung customers, and customized for the Galaxy Tab S, users will receive a free book every month through Samsung Book Deals, plus the ultimate e-reading experience with access to a vast selection of e-books in the Kindle store.

- Samsung has also partnered with Google Play, Google’s online digital entertainment store offering apps, games, music, movies, books and magazines. To get Galaxy Tab S users started, Samsung and Google Play are offering several gifts: access to a range of movie and entertainment content, including the Warner Bros. Academy Award winning movie “Gravity” as well a variety of books from top publishers through the “My Library" widget.

Furthermore, Galaxy Tab S users can now enjoy Netflix, available in high definition for the first time for Galaxy users in select countries.

Stylish Form Factor and Practical Accessories

Beautifully crafted and designed with architectural aesthetics, the Galaxy Tab S is modern and sleek.

Extending this design identity, the Galaxy Tab S offers a choice of several fashionable and practically designed custom accessories. The Book Cover accessory configures to three different display angles to provide the most comfortable position to watch videos, read or type. For users looking for the same protective structure of the Book Cover but with a slimmer design, Samsung offers the Simple Cover that offers a perfectly fitting, lightweight protection. The Bluetooth Keyboard is a new, ergonomically designed ultra-slim keyboard designed specifically for the Galaxy Tab S which perfectly pairs the device with the keyboard with a clasp for better protection.

The Galaxy Experience – Productivity Features That Help You Multitask

The Galaxy Tab S delivers an unmatched selection of enhanced productivity and security features that provide users with the ability to effortlessly and safely multitask. Users can make and receive calls directly from their phone to their Galaxy Tab S, anywhere at home, no matter where their phone is with the Call Forwarding feature via SideSync 3.0. The Galaxy Tab S also allows consumers to truly multitask, enabling them to surf the web, watch videos, share content and make calls simultaneously without having to worry about closing out of one to access another. With Quick Connect, Galaxy Tab S quickly finds and connects to nearby devices, for easy content sharing. These features are all available on both WiFi and LTE versions.

Additional useful features include a ‘Multi User Mode’ that enables users to create their own personal optimized profile, safe and convenient access with a built-in ‘Fingerprint Scanner,’ and a specially designed ‘Kids’ Mode’ with its own dedicated interface and kid-friendly applications.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S will come in a variety of connectivity options: Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi and LTE, available in 16/32GB* + MicroSD (up to 128GB). Users can also choose between the 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch versions, in Titanium Bronze or Dazzling White. The Galaxy Tab S will be available in selective markets from July, 2014.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • silver_arrow

    'Can someone please tell me if there is any reason to buy the Tab Pro 8.4 now. It is the same price as the Tab 8.4 S but is lacking the AMOLED screen and accessory support. And they are the same price

  • David Margolin

    just made this in paint... DAE think I can job at samsung?

    • Urafag

      *TIps le fedora*

      Quite so good sire you show very euphoric attributes!

    • Badouken


    • GALAXYS13

      I think it's Galaxy NOTE 4!
      with QHD display.
      or Galaxy S5 PRime.
      or Galaxy Widezoom Mega.

      SAMSUNG "design" rules!

      • David Margolin

        nah, galaxy s5 mini... obv.

  • Simon Belmont

    Whenever I hear about a new Galaxy tablet coming out, it's akin to listening to the ocean crash and crash against a beach. Literally a sea of tablets that all look the same and there's no hint of it ever abating.

    In other words, I've lost nearly all interest. Just too many iterations, too frequently, Samsung. To the folks that find them interesting, more power to you. I'm not saying you shouldn't enjoy them if you do.

    • Badouken

      Ya I'm literally confused now at what tablet is what and which ones are the newest ones and I freaking follow this kind of stuff. Your analogy works great as well... Its almost as bad as Dracula coming back over and over again in castlevania?! Isn't that right Simon? Perhaps you need to take care of Samsung like how you take care of Dracula...

    • alex0000000001

      Interesting? It's a tablet. Interesting is what you do with it, not how different it looks from other tablets from the same manufacturer. Why would anyone care about that? Is this like people who waffle on and on endlessly about cars all the time, instead of just using them to drive to work/the shops?

      • Simon Belmont

        It's not about the looks, really (I was just mentioning that they all look the same because it's true, but it wasn't the main point of my comment). It's the lack of interest I have in any Samsung tablet because they iterate them too often. Granted, it's not really how they look that matters. But, the sheer volume of different versions that they produce has made me lose nearly all interest in their product portfolio.

        I do happen to be a car enthusiast. I don't see how that matters in what I said above. I enjoy talking about and working on various models, makes, and years of vehicles (it's called a hobby). Does that stop me from driving to work or other venues in mine? No.

  • Jephri

    I pride myself on being on top of about every product in the mobile world. But, Samsung, you have lost me. Your tablet line up is completely confusing.

    • joser116

      I find myself in the same situation. Just wait for the version with the S-Pen called Samsung Galaxy Note Tab S.

      • Chris P

        Samsung Galaxy NotePRO Tab S 12.2?

        • PoisonApple31

          Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch?

    • Jephri

      I wish Sony would come out with an 8 inch tablet z2. I think it would be my definition of a perfect tablet.

      • Chris P

        Yesssss. I like the Z2, and the Z2 Tablet, but for me, 5" is too big for a phone (I got a Z1, and I'd rather something smaller, even if the Z2 is narrower) and 10.1" can get unwieldy for a tablet.
        An 8" Xperia tablet would be *awesome*.

      • Steve Freeman

        I would prefer a Nexus 8.

        • #yoloswag

          I somewhat want a Nexus 8, but hearing about the 8.9" screen sounds too close to 9 inches. I'll pass.

    • Chris P

      I know, right?! What've we got now, in the last two years or so...
      (edit: removed "Galaxy" because the word is doing my head in now)
      Note 8.0, Note 10.1, NotePRO 10.1, NotePRO 12.2, Tab 3 7.0, Tab 3 7.0 Lite, Tab 3 7.0 Kids, Tab 3 8.0(?), Tab 3 10.1, Tab 4 7.0, Tab 4 8.0(?) Tab 4 10.1, TabPRO 10.1, TabPRO 12.2, Tab S 8.4, and Tab S 10.5...

      And phones... Note 3, Note 3 Neo, S4, S4 Mini, S4 Zoom, S5, S5 Active), and all the low-end ones... Core, Trend, Young, Pocket Neo...

      I may have missed a few, and I'm not sure which lines have 8" tablets...

      And people say Sony release too many products?!
      (to be fair, they seem to release flagships twice a year...)

      • Chip

        Samsung does this so that there's always something for someone. It's actually a really great strategy. If something is too big you choose the size for you. If something is to pricey. There are other cheaper alternatives. Don't want a Galaxy S5 because it's too big but you want all the features well we have the Galaxy S5 mini. See what they do there? I think it's great. Maybe a little over the top at times but it's good to know that you can walk into a Samsung store you will surely find something for you as their options are overwhelming but they want to make sure they can market for every particular type of person. I like this idea.

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        • Chris P

          Oh, indeed, it is a good strategy. But at the same time, it saturates the market. I mean, most consumer tech retailers here have a display dedicated to Samsung devices, but then the other smartphone and tablet displays are at least 75% Samsung too. So there may be "something for everyone" but like eight out of ten of those somethings are Samsung. Doesn't help either when they get exclusivity deals on top of that...

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        • fsdfjjjkjkj

          The problem is they have 3 current 10inch tablets (plus the discontinued models from 6 months ago). So its actually duplication many times over! Not just variety. I'd be apply if they offered one line in 7 8 10 12 inches. Same with phones in 4 5 6 inches. I'm really confused when i look at their products. And when i use them theres too much feature bloat. Sometimes they just need to do less and it would be perfect!

          • alex0000000001

            No, if they do less there'll be less choice, which is bad. It can't be hard to scribble down a few notes whilst researching. I mean, you'll have to do that for the devices from different manufacturers anyway; makes no difference whether a manufacturer has 1 or 10 tablets on offer.

      • dkbnyc

        For me Samsung only makes one product line - the Note series. That narrows it down nicely. No other launches interest me.

        • YouNex

          I agree

        • kstagg

          I hear ya. Love my Note 3. Loving me that pure TouchWiz. Seriously - I actually like it.

      • madmaglio

        All this and still no Note 8.9. That is all I want. :P

  • Casin

    I notice on other forums everyone hates the dimpled back even more than glossy plastic. I don't understand why they loved it when the same design was on the first Nexus 7.

    • RSA

      Because of the price, every one still love Nexus 7!

    • Sergii Pylypenko

      Glossy plastic just means that you chose the cheapest technological process to save price, I'm kinda okay with that, but Samsung has shown that they can make a nice texture in their plastic, with Note 3 faux leather, then picked up the worst-looking texture.

  • jamaall

    The good thing about Samsung flooding the market is that these devices will drop in price very quickly as new ones come out, and you'll benefit as a result of that.

    • fsdfjjjkjkj

      Nexus 10 for <$300 is still the best buy.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Not really

  • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

    I think the ONLY sizes now left are 143.7" and 718.46". All other sizes have been taken over by Samsung tablets, phablets and what not.

  • EZTV2

    Samsung galaxy combine hdmi converter. Perfect effect on http://www.hdgenius.com

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    Just what I need! A bigger band-aid!

  • Arch9

    that's looks pretty good, i really love amoled screen on my GS4

  • Ashisb

    Just off topic
    SwiftKey the top second paid app is now listing at currently 209th position of free app. Also, it's not listed in editors choice column anymore however it still shows tag as editors choice.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    The black one looks like shit with that gold trim -_-

  • iDarKz

    The front almost looks great but these physical buttons are useless these days. The back is just the same ugly bandage as the GS5...

  • solbin

    Sears has these for preorder. $100 back in Kmart/Sears credit and a free case ($70 value).Basically $170 off MSRP.


  • Your Mother

    cant wait to get one of these, my iPad Air is nice but every time I use it I'm reminded of why iOS is lousy.

  • InfoPsyche

    Samsung has officially announced Galaxy Tab S 10.5 LTE tablet in June, 2014 which is going to be in the market for sale in July, 2014. The tablet is powered by 4.4.2 KitKat android version. It also comes with Fingerprint sensor. The tablet is equipped with 8 megapixel camera and 7900 mAh battery.

  • Dino Pirreca

    Sears does not release Samsung Galaxy Tab s 10.5 on time with other vendors...