Samsung Galaxy Tab S officially announced: here’s what you need to know

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We’ve known for a while now that Samsung was preparing to introduce a new series of tablets with AMOLED displays. More recently we even saw leaked images giving us a better idea of what to expect. Now all the teasing and leaking is over and the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 have been made official at Samsung’s Galaxy Premiere event.

Under the hood we find either an Exynos 5 Octa or a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, depending on whether you end up with the Wi-Fi or LTE version. Both models contain 3GB RAM, a 8.4 or 10.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560×1600,16GB or 32GB storage, microSD with support for 128GB expansion, an 8MP rear cam, 2.1MP front cam, and a 6.6mm thick profile.

As you can see, both the 8.4 and 10.5-inch models share a lot of the same specs, though there are some differences. For one thing, the 10.5-inch model has a 7900 mAh battery, as opposed to the 4900 mAh battery in the 8.4-inch model.

Moving beyond specs, Samsung’s AMOLED-touting tablets have an aesthetic that is similar to the Galaxy S5, which may be a disappointment for those that were hoping for the leather-stitching of devices like the Tab Pro series. On the plus side, there’s also the addition of a fingerprint reader, for added security and for cool features like Paypal fingerprint integration.

As for the software? The Samsung Galaxy Tab S runs similar software to the Galaxy Tab Pro series, with the addition of fingerprint reading capabilities and a few other unique new features like SideSync. The latter of these is a feature designed to let you control your phone from the tablet in a separate window.

 
Galaxy Tab S 10.5
Galaxy Tab S 8.4
Display10.5-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) AMOLED8.4-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) AMOLED
ProcessorWiFi and 3G: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore + 1.3 GHz Quadcore
LTE : Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz Quad
WiFi and 3G: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore + 1.3 GHz Quadcore
LTE : Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz Quad
RAM3GB3GB
Storage16/32GB, expandable16/32GB, expandable
Battery7900mAh battery4900mAh battery
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, AllShareCast, BT4.0, USB3.0, GPS + GLONASSWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, AllShareCast, BT4.0, USB3.0, GPS + GLONASS
Cameras8MP/2.1MP rear/front8MP/2.1MP rear/front
SoftwareAndroid 4.4 KitkatAndroid 4.4 Kitkat
Weight465g for Wifi
467g for Wifi/LTE
298 for Wifi
294 for Wifi/LTE

Availability

Preorders begin tomorrowJune 13 at 12:01 am ET, with further availability to follow soon.  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.

More coverage

Want to get a better look at the Galaxy Tab S in action? Be sure to check out our hands-on posts and videos for the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5. We’ll also be sure to update this page as more Tab S announcement coverage arrives.

Show Press Release

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, 201–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.

For more information, please visit www.samsungmobileuspress.com.

About Samsung Electronics America

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology.  A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA delivers a broad range of digital consumer electronics, IT and home appliance products. Samsung is the market leader for HDTVs in the U.S. and America’s fastest growing home appliance brand. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

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