Besides the Super AMOLED displays, both tablets are extremely thin, measuring in at 6.6mm. For comparison, the Nexus 7 (2013) measures at 8.65mm and the Galaxy Tab 3 is measured in at 9.9mm. So yes, these two tablets are extremely thin, allowing for a lightweight and comfortable holding experience.
On top of specs and viewing experiences, Samsung has partnered with content providers such as Netflix and Marvel, who will bring special content to Galaxy Tab S owners exclusively. Netflix will offer Full HD titles to stream, and Marvel has a new application, which brings hundreds of high-res comic books right to your tablet.
The WiFi models of the Tab S 8.4 will be available for $399.99, while the Tab S 10.5 will be priced at $499.99. Pre-orders for WiFi devices begins June 13 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern at Samsung.com. The Tab S will be available for purchase in July at a large selection of retailers. Later this year, the Galaxy Tab S will come to AT&T with LTE, Sprint (10.5) with Sprint Spark, T-Mobile (10.5) with LTE and Verizon Wireless (8.4 and 10.5) with LTE.
Galaxy Tab S Available for Pre-Order Starting Tomorrow in the U.S. Market
Stunning Display Combined with Premium Design Delivers the Most Entertaining Tablet Experience
New York, June 12, 2014 –Samsung Electronics America today introduced the first tablets in its new flagship Galaxy Tab S line. In both 8.4- and 10.5-inch versions, the Galaxy Tab S offers the ultimate viewing experience with the world’s first high-resolution Super AMOLED display. Galaxy Tab S combines Samsung’s thinnest and lightest tablet design with the most advanced WQXGA Super AMOLED display to launch Samsung’s most premium line of tablets ever.
The Wi-Fi versions of the Tab S 8.4 will be available for $399.99, while the Tab S 10.5 will be $499.99. Pre-orders for Wi-Fi devices begin June 13 at 12:01 a.m. ET at Samsung.com. The Tab S will be available for purchase in July at Samsung.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s, Office Depot, Office Max, PC Richard & Son, Sears, Tiger Direct and Walmart.com. Later this year, the Galaxy Tab S will come to AT&T with LTE, Sprint (10.5) with Sprint Spark™, T-Mobile (10.5) with LTE and Verizon Wireless (8.4 and 10.5) with LTE.
“Building on the heritage of the Galaxy S smartphone line, the Galaxy Tab S line delivers on our commitment to bring meaningful innovation that our customers care most about,” said Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters. “We know consumers want the best screen when purchasing a tablet, and as an undisputed leader in display technology, we’ve brought our industry-leading Super AMOLED screen to the Tab S for an unrivaled viewing experience in both connected and Wi-Fi options.”
The Galaxy Tab S Makes Viewing Better
Display is a key purchase driver for tablets, and the Galaxy Tab S was designed with screen quality and style in mind, to bring users the most immersive viewing experience. The Tab S delivers an unprecedented viewing experience with a WQXGA Super AMOLED display offering a wider color range, deeper contrast, truer blacks and our own adaptive display technology to provide an improved viewing experience in any environment. The Galaxy Tab S is one of the select few Android devices in the U.S. to offer Netflix HD content viewing.
Samsung’s lightest, thinnest tablet is even easier to take with you wherever you go. With both tablets measuring just 6.6mm thin and Tab S 8.4 weighing less than one pound, the Galaxy Tab S was designed for portability and provides a more comfortable experience over long periods of usage.
Meaningful Groundbreaking Features
The Galaxy Tab S offers customizable settings and privacy features for sharing with family members of all ages. Kids Mode offers easy access to kid-friendly content, and gives parents the ability to control the content that kids access, as well as length of play. The Galaxy Tab S features a built-in fingerprint sensor, making multi-user access easy and secure. In Multi-User Mode, the fingerprint scanner allows for access to individual, customized user profiles.
Galaxy Tab S also offers more apps compatible with Multi Window, allowing users to open up to two windows at once. The latest version of SideSync allows you to make and receive calls from your tablet via the connection to your phone, as well as drag and drop files from your phone to your Galaxy Tab S.
Packed with Premium Content
The Galaxy Tab S includes premium content and services that are part of the integrated Galaxy ecosystem, which makes sharing, watching, collaborating, and working on multiple devices more seamless than ever. With WatchON™ users can access the program guide directly from the Tab S, or use Tab S as a remote control. The service provides Video on Demand so users can find their favorite movies and TV shows with ease. The Galaxy Tab S is the first tablet compatible with Milk Music™ powered by Slacker, a free and ad-free radio service, offering an effortless and entertaining way to enjoy the music you love and discover unexpected music. Milk is designed with an elegant, easy-to-use interface and more than 200 stations that offer a fully customizable experience to your personal taste.
Samsung continues to partner with leading entertainment, productivity and news providers through Galaxy Gifts. On Tab S, Galaxy Gifts includes one-year free of Gogo In-flight Wi-Fi access (up to 36 segments), a 12-month subscription to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 6-month trial subscription to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, 3-month subscription to The New York Times, 3 months free Sirius XM Radio, and 3 months free subscription to Audible.
Samsung Papergarden debuts on Tab S and includes popular magazine titles, like Cosmopolitan, Elle, Elle Décor, HGTV Magazine, Vogue, Architectural Digest, GQ, Rolling Stone and US Weekly and more optimized exclusively on Tab S for a rich, immersive reading experience. Papergarden is offering all single issues free of charge through July 31st, 2014. Also included are National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Photos and a 3-month free trial of Marvel Unlimited.
The Tab S line also offers all the features today’s professionals demand, with the freedom to work wherever, whenever. Tab S is compatible with office documents, and is enabled for e-meetings with multiple devices. Remote PC allows for quick access to the office from anywhere. Quickly share content between devices with Quick Connect, which identifies the best way to share content with nearby people and devices. Quick Connect also allows screen-sharing and device control with Wi-Fi direct.
Tab S will launch with a variety of accessories including Bluetooth keyboard book covers, standalone Bluetooth keyboard, flip covers, book covers, S Action Mouse, USB LAN Hub, power saving cable and portable battery packs.
Turn Up the Color with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S
June 12, 2014
Stunning Galaxy Tab S tablet delivers the most advanced mobile display on the market;
Richer, lighter, more immersive
New York, USA – June 12, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd today 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 Wi-Fi 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 and magazines 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.