The world’s first high-resolution AMOLED tablets, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5, are official at last, bringing top-notch features and sensible enough price tags to sound the alarm in Apple’s Cupertino camp.
Mere months after introducing possibly their strongest iPad rivals to date, the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, 10.1 and Note Pro 12.2, Samsung has raised the bar even further, subtly but noticeably upgrading the two Tabs.
A little premature? Maybe, but the only way to slay the iOS-powered dragons is to keep throwing daggers at them until something finally sticks and brings their unavoidable demise. Can the Tab S 8.4 and 10.5 pull it off?
Well, on paper, the ultra-high-end pair is superior to the iPad mini Retina/iPad Air duo in almost every way, so why not? The Super AMOLED 8.4 and 10.5-inch displays boast high-caliber 2,560 x 1,600 pixels resolutions, richer colors, better contrasts and viewing angles than LCD panels found on iPads and now obsolete Tab Pros, and raw performance-wise the Tab S dyad is as mighty as they come.
And not only are eight-core Exynos 5 Octa chips blazing fast, but they can save juice when needed too, using four revved-up 1.9 GHz cores for power-demanding tasks and four frugal 1.3 GHz nuclei in lighter, more casual use cases.
Multitasking is either way mind-blowing, thanks to 3 whopping gigs of RAM, and beefy 4,900 mAh and 7,900 mAh batteries respectively help keep the lights on. Aesthetically, we’re probably looking at Samsung’s best work in the tablet décor, as the 8.4 incher tips the scales at 294 grams while measuring 6.6 mm thick, and the 10.5 incher weighs 465 grams and also measures 6.6 mm in depth.
Running Android 4.4 KitKat out the box and aping Galaxy S5’s fingerprint recognition tech, as well as its perforated rear pattern, the two will go on sale early July starting at $400 (the little guy), and $500 (the big’un). What’s that, Apple, are you beginning to bleed?
Source: Samsung Mobile Press