Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 hands-on and first look

June 12, 2014
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At tonight’s Samsung Galaxy Premiere event, Samsung officially unveiled its new tablet flagship line, the Galaxy Tab S series. As expected, there are two models in the family, an 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch version. Turning our attention to the former of these, the Tab S 8.4 shares a lot in common with its larger brother, albeit in a smaller package.

The Tab S is powered by an Exyos 5 Octa or a 2.3Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, depending on the market. There’s also 3GB of RAM and either 16 or 32GB storage with microSD for expansion. Other specs for the Tab S 8.4 include an 8MP rear cam, 2.1MP front cam, a 4900 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.

Of course the real star of the show is the beautiful 8.4-inch AMOLED display with its 2560×1600 resolution and 388 ppi. While the resolution and size isn’t much different than the display in devices like the TabPro series, the key distinction here is that AMOLED tends to have greater contrast with deeper, true blacks.

At this size, the Tab S 8.4 offers the perfect balance between portability and display size

Design wise? The Tab S 8.4 is like having a blown up Galaxy S5. This includes many of the same features as well, such as the fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button. There’s also the same textured back, which may or may not be a good thing depending on how you feel about this design. At just 6.6 mm thick, and around 298 grams, the Tab S 8.4 is very easy to handle, not only because of its flat sides and thin profile, but also because of how light it is. At this size, the Tab S 8.4 offers the perfect balance between portability and display size.

Of course a good tablet experience is about more than just the hardware or the design, software matters too. For the most part, this is the same software you’ll find with devices like the TabPro series, though there’s certainly some changes thrown in such as SideSync. This new feature essentially makes it possible to control your phone from your tablet using a separate windows (and wi-fi direct technology). There’s also a few other features like the Papergarden magazine app.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 seems like a pretty solid step forward, especially for fans of AMOLED displays. Interestingly enough, Samsung also has some pretty cool accessories lined up for the series such as a book cover and a keyboard — both of which we’ll be sure to bring you more details about in the near future.

We’ll be sure to bring you an even more detailed look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S down the road, though this gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect from Samsung’s latest tablet.

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