Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 hands-on and first look

by: Edgar CervantesJune 12, 2014

Tonight’s Samsung Galaxy Premiere event is all about the Korean giant’s new tablets, shedding light on the Galaxy Tab S series. This new devices come in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch configurations. They are astoundingly similar, but media buffs will lean towards the larger of the two – the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.

Its 10.5-inch screen is blessed by a 2560x1600p, which is probably to become one of the device’s biggest selling points. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 also sports an AMOLED panel, making images vibrant and colorful, with saturated hues and the deepest blacks you can find. Such an amazing display needs to be powered by an equally stunning set of components, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is not lacking on that department, either. The tablet is powered by one of two very powerful processors.

Related: Galaxy Tab S 10.5 cases & covers

The WiFi-only version will sport a Samsung Exynos 5420 processor, with 8 cores that are sure to give you a good performance punch. Meanwhile, the data-connected version will be powered by the popular Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. Both feature an Adreno 330 GPU and 3 GB of RAM, assuring a speedy experience.

Other important specs include 16/32 GB of internal storage, a microSD slot with support for cards up to 128 GB, an 8 MP rear-facing camera, a 2.1 MP front shooter and a 7,900 mAh battery. As expected, software is very similar to what we have seen with the TabPRO and NotePRO, with Magazine UX being positioned front and center.

In terms of design, we get the same language we have grown accustomed to in other Samsung tablets. There’s the home button in the front, which now sports a handy fingerprint reader. There is one “improvement” we are not quite fond of, though. The bezels are much thinner on the sides, which could make the device harder to handle. (We all know how bad thin bezels can get).

Overall, Samsung seems to have hit the nail almost right in the head. At least in the areas that matter

Around the back you will find the same rubberized back the Samsung Galaxy S5 introduced, with a good texture and a perforated design. Also important to note is that this device comes with a 6.6 mm thick profile. This is insanely slim, guys. But this could mean one of two things: it could feel amazingly thin and light, or it could make the tablet very fragile.

Overall, Samsung seems to have hit the nail almost right in the head. At least in the areas that matter. It is a slim and good-looking tablet with enough power to take care of all your work. It definitely helps that its display is among the best we have ever seen in tablets. In general, I would say the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is quite the winner.

  • jake

    Woo now only wait for the pricing of this beast

  • Ben Edwards

    I really wish they would ditch the physical key on their tablets, it’s the only thing stopping me from picking up a new one.

    • Gadgetonomy

      I disagree. The physical button and capacitive ones flanking it mean more screen estate and a bonus fingerprint scanner. It’s one of many things that attract me to Samsung devices to be honest. Each to his own I guess.

  • They look incredible. Can’t wait to get the 8.4 edition, and retire my aged Nexus 10.

    • Brandon Miranda

      Nexus 7 for days.

    • AndroidBoss

      Can’t wait to get the new Nexus 10* :P

  • Jayfeather787

    Nice specs!

  • _X_

    so its lighter and thinner than the iPad Air….nice Samsung!
    This wont be in my price range and would go for the 10.1 tab 4, but you did good!

  • Wurstus Wurstsen

    Those bezels!

    Make the devices unnecessarily difficult to handle.

    The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet does this much better – you can simply grab it in any situation without worrying about unintentionally touching the screen. (And it’s even lighter and thinner at that.)

    And we can be sure there will be the typical laggy Exynos+Touchwiz performance.

    • K2

      Bezels should be the right amount. Not too much to make it look ugly, neither too less to cause accidental touching of the screen.

  • Raghav Kapur

    Every year they change the flagship tabs. First, it was Galaxy Tab. Then, Note 10.1. Then, Note Pro 10.1 and 12. Now, Galaxy Tab S.
    Nevertheless, this looks sweet. Hope its priced well

  • MasterMuffin

    If this is the next Nexus 10 (if there’ll ever be on), tears of joy shall be shred :)

  • arbocorp

    I’m looking to get this tablet instead of the Samsung S2, does anyone know if the either the exynos or the snap dragon version run better with lollipop or even better if it will get Marshmallow? The Snapdragon variants are significantly pricier but reviews point out that the snapdragon performs better but that’s with kit kat. Any advice will be mucho appreciated.!