Samsung is reportedly planning to launch tablets with an AMOLED display in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch variants.
Rumors of Samsung working on tablets with OLED displays have been making the rounds since early this year, but it is only now that an actual name for the lineup has been revealed. SamMobile reports that Samsung’s AMOLED tablet series will be called the Galaxy Tab S, and will include 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch variants with a display resolution of 2560×1600, similar to the company’s recent devices like the Galaxy NotePRO and Galaxy TabPRO.
In addition to marking Samsung’s return to the OLED tablet market (the first and only attempt was in 2011, with the Galaxy Tab 7.7), the Galaxy Tab S will also be the first Samsung tablet to sport a fingerprint sensor. The sensor is said to work the same as that on the Galaxy S5 – it will be implemented on the home button and will require downward swipes for operation. Samsung will be building in numerous features around fingerprint authentication, such as PayPal payments, file security, and even the option to log on to various user accounts on the tablet, all of which would put it a step ahead in functionality compared to Apple’s iPad Air.
According to SamMobile, the Galaxy Tab S will be powered by an Exynos processor even on the LTE variants. Samsung is reportedly licensing LTE modems from Intel and integrating them with its in-house SoC, a move that will help it reduce its dependence on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs and something that has been hinted at previously as well. The chipset will be an eight-core unit as usual, and will be paired with 3GB of RAM on both the 8.4-inch and 10.5-models.
Other hardware specs are said to include an 8-megapixel rear camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/GLONASS and NFC connectivity, and an IR blaster for remote control, while Android 4.4 KitKat will power the software side of things. Details on release date and pricing are still unknown, though the frequent appearance of tablets purported to be part of the Galaxy Tab S lineup suggests an official announcement will take place sooner rather than later.