Targeting the growing number of users watching full length videos on tablets, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced the Galaxy Tab S, the company’s thinnest and lightest tablet to date and weighing less than Apple’s latest iPads. The company claims the new tablet is the first tablet featuring a high-resolution Super AMOLED display.
“The tablet is becoming a popular personal viewing device for enjoying content, which makes the quality of the display a critical feature,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “The Galaxy Tab S will provide consumers with a visual and entertainment experience that brings colors to life, beautifully packaged in a sleek and ultra-portable mobile device.”
The Galaxy Tab S’ WQXGA (2560×1600, 16:10) Super AMOLED display delivers more than 90% of Adobe RGB color coverage and has a 100,000:1 contrast ratio which provides deeper and more realistic images by making blacks darker and whites brighter.
“With Super AMOLED, each and every pixel is alive,” said Michael Abary, senior vice president of Samsung Electronics North America. Abary noted that the reds, greens and blues are brighter and more accurate than on traditional LCDs.
The Galaxy Tab S also features additional Samsung screen technologies, such as the Adaptive Display that ensures the best visual experience anywhere, anytime by intelligently adjusting gamma, saturation, and sharpness based on the application being viewed, the color temperature of the viewing environment and ambient lighting.
Pre-set professional modes – AMOLED Cinema and AMOLED Photo – also let users manually adjust the display settings for bright, dynamic results for both video and photo content.
Since Super AMOLED technology doesn’t require a backlight, the Galaxy Tab S consumes less energy than comparative LCD displays while maintaining a very portable design.
The Galaxy Tab S is 6.6mm thin and weighs only 465g (for the 10.5-inch version) and 294g (8.4-inch).
With its longer-lasting battery, and Ultra-Power Saving Mode, the Galaxy Tab S lets consumer enjoy hours of entertainment without having to worry about recharging.
Made for entertainment, the Galaxy Tab S comes packed with a variety of content including Samsung’s magazine service, “Papergarden” which debuts on the Galaxy Tab S. An optimized viewing environment for digital interactive magazines, users will be able to view a wide range of popular magazines with vivid and true-to-life colors.
Samsung also announced a strategic partnership with Marvel which will give Galaxy Tab S users access to over 15,000 Marvel Comics through 3 months of unlimited free membership to Marvel’s “Marvel Unlimited” app.
Exclusively for Samsung customers, and customized for the Galaxy Tab S, users will receive a free book every month through Samsung Book Deals, plus the ultimate e-reading experience with access to a vast selection of e-books in the Kindle store.
Samsung has also partnered with Google Play, Google’s online digital entertainment store offering apps, games, music, movies, books and magazines. To get Galaxy Tab S users started, Samsung and Google Play are offering several gifts: access to a range of movie and entertainment content, including the Warner Bros. Academy Award winning movie “Gravity” as well a variety of books and magazines from top publishers through the “My Library” widget. Users will also get a 90 day trial of All Access, Google Play’s music subscription service that offers unlimited access to more than 22 million songs.
Connectivity and Productivity
For connectivity and productivity, Galaxy Tab S users can make and receive calls directly from their phone to their Galaxy Tab S, anywhere at home (within a 30-meter range), no matter where their phone is with the Call Forwarding feature via SideSync 3.0.
The Galaxy Tab S also allows consumers to multitask, enabling them to surf the web, watch videos, share content and make calls simultaneously without having to worry about closing out of one to access another.
With Quick Connect, Galaxy Tab S quickly finds and connects to nearby devices, for easy content sharing. These features are all available on both WiFi and LTE versions.
Additional useful features include a ‘Multi User Mode’ that enables users to create their own personal optimized profile, safe and convenient access with a built-in ‘Fingerprint Scanner,’ and a specially designed ‘Kids’ Mode’ with its own dedicated interface and kid-friendly applications.
As for accessories, the Book Cover configures to three different display angles to provide the most comfortable position to watch videos, read or type.
For users looking for the same protective structure of the Book Cover but with a slimmer design, Samsung offers the Simple Cover that offers a perfectly fitting, lightweight protection.
The Bluetooth Keyboard is a new, ergonomically designed ultra-slim keyboard designed specifically for the Galaxy Tab S which perfectly pairs the device with the keyboard with a clasp for better protection.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S will come in a variety of connectivity options: Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi and LTE, available in 16/32GB + MicroSD (up to 128GB). However, only the Wi-Fi and LTE model will be available in the Philippines.
Users can also choose between the 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch versions, in Titanium Bronze or Dazzling White. The Galaxy Tab S will be available in July.