Samsung is going to launch a brand new line of Android tablets soon, according to a credible report. Dubbed Galaxy Tab S, these devices will feature powerful specifications, fingerprint sensors, and high definition AMOLED displays.
The report comes from a source of Sam Mobile, a site that has often leaked insider information about upcoming Samsung devices.
The first two devices in the series will be the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, both of which will feature 2560×1600 AMOLED displays. It’s the first time we have a name attached to these devices, but not the first time rumors about them emerge. Reports out of South Korea have been hinting at Samsung’s upcoming AMOLED tablets since December.
So, why are these AMOLED displays a big deal? It’s because AMOLED, as exemplified in the Galaxy S5, is emerging as the best display technology, bar none. According to the experts at Display Mate, the Galaxy S5 has the best display they ever tested, AMOLED or LCD. If Samsung manages to bring the same quality to a large AMOLED tablet, results will be fantastic.
Samsung has experimented with AMOLED tablets before, but the 2011 Galaxy Tab 7.7 was just that, an experiment, and a largely failed one. In the three years since the Tab 7.7’s release, Samsung improved AMOLED technology tremendously, making it ready for primetime.
AMOLED is ready for primetime
But it’s not just the display. Sam Mobile goes on to list some very attractive specs for the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and Tab S 10.5. These include an octa-core Exynos 5 (5420) SoC, combining four Cortex A15 cores with four Cortex A9 cores and a Mali T628 GPU, 3GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, LTE connectivity (depending on variant), and an IR blaster.
Just like the Galaxy S5, the Tab S line will feature a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button, an IR blaster, and the same dimpled texture on the back cover. Available in white and grey, the tablets will run Android 4.4.2 out of the box.
If this report is accurate, Samsung could have a powerful competitor to Apple’s iPads in the pipeline, especially for fans of AMOLED screens. A lot depends on the price though – the Galaxy TabPRO line, introduced at CES, also comes with super crisp 2560×1600 LCD panels, but their stingy price tags put them out of reach for many potential buyers.
No information yet on the release date of the Galaxy Tab S tablets, but with a “Prime” version of the Galaxy S5 rumored for June, Samsung may use the opportunity to drop another bombshell.