The Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet was the premiere device at the Samsung Galaxy Premiere 2014 press event Thursday evening in New York City.
Samsung Electronics Co. (KRX: 005930) teased the tagline “Tab into color” because of the device's high-resolution display. The newly announced tablet introduces the WQXGA (2560 x 1600 pixel) Super AMOLED display to the market. In addition, the Galaxy Tab S is the thinnest and lightest tablet by Samsung, it connects with smartphones and laptops, and provides high-level security, which Samsung says has launched the device to flagship status within the manufacturer’s portfolio, putting it on par with Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices.
According to Samsung senior vice president of consumer IT product marketing, Michael Abary, consumers primarily use tablets for web browsing, watching video and social networking, three aspects which benefit greatly from a quality viewing experience. The Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy Tab S provides a wider color range and deep contrast in addition to an adaptive display, which adjusts to different light and outdoor visibility.
Samsung has partnered with a host of media companies in order to demonstrate the power and quality of its Super AMOLED display. Users will be able to watch Netflix and YouTube in Full HD 1080p resolution for the first time on a tablet. Samsung has also partnered with Conde Nast, National Geographic and Marvel to provide the latest media content in addition to exclusive content for Samsung users.
Samsung’s Content Home acts as a control center for the Galaxy Tab S, allowing users to access various apps and functions in one place. Samsung has also introduced its Papergarden magazine app, which allows for an interactive magazine experience. In addition to reading in high-resolution, users will be able to view video within articles.
Trimmed in gold, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S features a modern sleek look and a design on par with Galaxy S5. At just 6.6 mm the Galaxy Tab S is one of the world's thinnest tablets and is thinner than most smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be available in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch models and titanium bronze and dazzling white color options.
The Galaxy Tab S includes a number of connectivity options including SideSync 3.0, which allows users to connect and mirror a Galaxy S5 smartphone on a Galaxy S Tab for voice calls, call forwarding and files transfer without a data cable. Remote PC allows users to share files between the Galaxy Tab S and a computer. Using the latest Wi-Fi standard, the Galaxy Tab S is also equipped with Quick Connect, a hub to find the easiest way to connect to other devices.
Following in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Tab S features a fingerprint scanner and a multiuser mode, which allows for up to eight user profiles on one tablet.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S Wi-Fi variant will be available in the U.S. in July and specific dates will vary by retailer. Release dates for the LTE variant will be announced later. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Wi-Fi model will sell for $399 while the Galaxy Tab 10.5 Wi-Fi model will sell for $499.