After a long anticipated wait Samsung has finally introduced the Galaxy Tab S, the company's lightest and thinnest tablet yet. The Korean smart device maker isn't kidding either, this 10.5-inch tablet is even lighter than the iPad Air. What's more the Galaxy Tab S is Samsung's first Super AMOLED tablet in years.
But looks aren't the only thing the Galaxy Tab S has going for it. Samsung has made plenty of little tweaks under the hood with the tablet's software, content deals, and added in over 30 free "Galaxy Gifts."
Here are the features that will have you biting your fist.
A color rich AMOLED screen
The biggest thing about the Galaxy Tab of course is its Super AMOLED display. Not only does it pack a whopping 2560 x 1440 WQXGA resolution, but it's also the first Samsung device to feature an AMOLED panel since the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 released in 2012.
Samsung claims this new screen lets the tablet display more than 90% of the Adobe red, green, and blue color gamut. In other words there's more colors than ever. Coupled with a dramatic 100,000:1 contrast ratio, Samsung's latest tablet can create deep blacks and brighter whites for a stunning cinematic experience.
While all OLED displays are typically gorgeous to look at, they have had a habit of over-saturating colors, making them practically unusable for any production work. Well, no more.
Samsung says it has introduced preset professional modes called AMOLED Cinema and AMOLED Photo. With these added modes users will be able to adjust the display to their liking with every setting from screen brightness, saturation, and more. It's a step away from the pre-configured displays that tablets come that have been since non-adjustable a TV, monitor, or just about any other screen that you can buy.
What's more, the screen is also adaptive, meaning it can adjust itself such as changing the color temperature (or white balance) to suit the lighting in the room. Alternatively the screen can also adjust color saturation and sharpness on its own based on which application is open at the time. Samsung says it developed adaptive display to work with gallery, the tablet's basic UI, video, video call, camera, ebook, and the web browser.
Take the tablet outside and the Galaxy Tab S can do even more by adjusting the content so users can more clearly see it in sunlight. The Galaxy Tab S does this by rearranging the digital magazines and other content into distinct contrast zones as well as having a screen that is 40% less reflective compared to a typical tablet display.
Lighter than (an iPad) air
Despite that big screen, the Galaxy Tab S is actually featherweight at 465g. It's also incredibly thin at just 6.6mm. That's both lighter and thinner than the iPad Air, which measures in at 7.5-mm and 469 grams.
Sure, it might not be the physically smallest tablet to stuff into a bag or purse, but it's an amazingly thin and light tablet to carry around given it's full 10.5-inch screen.
Samsung has gotten a bad rap for adding in too many apps from S-Voice to S-Beam and Air Gestures. This time Samsung has toned it down a bit only adding essential apps like Paper Garden, the South Korean device maker's digital magazine interface.
Users will also be able easily transition from their Galaxy smartphone (and a PC though Remote PC) to using the Galaxy Tab S with SideSync 3.0. In its latest iteration, the SideSync app allows users to take calls made out to their phone on the tablet while they continue to browse the web. The app also can share whatever content is on their device such as webpages, movies, and internet videos to other devices and screens.
The most intuitive feature built into the Samsung Galaxy Tab S is how the tablet will switch user profiles using the fingerprint scanner. With a quick swipe users will be able to switch between their respective accounts and settle in with their own optimized personal profiles.
The last app Samsung has introduced is Kick, a timely introduced football (or soccer for Americans) app just as the World Cup kicks off. The app provides in-depth and sports data in real-time as matches get played
Free stuff! Who doesn't love it?
Samsung has plenty of "Galaxy Gifts" to share with anyone that buys a Galaxy Tab S. One of the biggest perks of the program is a free three-month membership to read up everything from X-Men: Days of Future Past to the obscure and legendary Squirrel Girl with Marvel Unlimited. Kindle has is also kicking a special deal to Galaxy Tab S owners in the form of one free ebook per month. Moving over to Google Plus users will find a complementary digital copy of Gravity as well as a variety of digital books and magazine for free.
Included in this digital package is a free six-month subscription to the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Livesports.TV. To make even more digital magazines available, Samsung has created partnerships with Conde Nast to bring magazines like Vogue and GQ to its PaperGarden app. Lastly to wrangle every users news, digital magazines, calendar appointments, and documents into one place Samsung has introduced Content Home.
Users looking for more free storage space, meanwhile, will be glad to receive an additional 50GB free for two years and a three-month subscription with Bitcasa.
- Check out our hands-on review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S!