When Samsung gets serious about tablets, it makes a couple of serious tablets
Yes, Samsung is releasing another series of flagship Android tablets with the Galaxy Tab S line. The Tab S tablets will be Samsung's top of the line product in this category, so they need to reach many goals and turn out something that can compete with other high-end products, as well as lure a few people away from the inexpensive competition. It's a very tough spot to be in, but not one Samsung hasn't conquered before — remember the original Galaxy S phone?
Up until now, a lot of tablets have done a lot of things just right. A Kindle Fire HD is great for reading or doing some shopping. Likewise for the Tegra Note 7 and some serious game-time. Want to get online and be social or just surf the web? The Nexus 7 is all things Google. Add in the iPad for those niche apps that are just perfect on a tablet, and everything is covered. But even if someone had all these tablets laying around, nobody wants to keep them all up and running. So we compromise. Now, we don't have to compromise. The Tab S excels at all these things, and more.
Samsung has commenced pre-orders of the recently announced Galaxy Tab S tablets in its home country. Although pricing for the tablets hasn't been revealed, Samsung has mentioned that the first orders will receive a set of Level On on-ear headphones for free.
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S devices go on pre-sale tomorrow for the U.S. following an initial announcement for U.K. availability. The 10.5-inch Wi-Fi version will go for $499, and the 8.4-inch version will be $399. The LTE versions won't be ready until later this year, and only Verizon will be getting the 8.4-inch 4G Samsung Galaxy Tab S. Presales will be live online at Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, Office depot, and other retailers, not to mention direct from Samsung as well.
Tab S to hit UK market on July 4, 8.4-inch for £330, 10.5 for £420
Aside from an official Samsung sign-up page, we haven't heard a whole lot about when and where British consumers will be able to get hold of Samsung's new high-res, SuperAMOLED-toting Galaxy Tab S tablets. But today both Tabs have gone up for pre-order at Currys PC World, with prices starting at £329.99 for the 8.4-inch Tab and rising to £419.99 for the 10.5-incher. That's slightly more than Apple's Retina iPad Mini (£319) and iPad Air (£399), but cheaper than Samsung's earlier Galaxy Tab Pro slates.
After yesterday's announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S line-up, Belkin has followed with their own accessories for the tablet. Specifically, a set of folding flip covers that serve double protective and standing-up duties. The aptly-named "Tri-Fold Cover with Stand for Galaxy Tab S" comes in both 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch sizes, and purple or black flavors.
Let's just be clear here — it's tough to do the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets justice in words and pictures. (Even moving pictures.) You really do need to hold these in your hands to experience just how thin and light they are. And just how crisp and clear the displays look. Tablets seemingly are a dime a dozen these days (especially from Samsung, which produces more than its share, for sure), but the new Galaxy Tab S tablets easily are the Korean manufacturer's best. That much is clear.
And we're bringing you a first look at Samsung's latest flagship tablets. So let's dive into the new Galaxy Tab S models, shall we?
As it did with the Galaxy S5, Samsung has loaded its new Galaxy Tab S tablets up with a sizeable list of "Galaxy Gifts", buyers picking up one of the company's new 8.4 or 10.5-inch slates will get up to 29 'gifts,' with highlights including 50GB of Dropbox space for 2 years, one year of Evernote Premium and six-month trial subscriptions to The Economist, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. More after the break.
Logitech tonight has announced its own keyboard case — the Type-S keyboard — for the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S. It'll retail for $99. Like Samsung's own keyboard, it's Bluetooth-enabled and will fold around for different viewing angles, as well as back over the tablet to keep it protected when not in use.
The new tablets come in 8.4 and 10.5-inch screen sizes and are the first Samsung tablets in a couple of years to use SuperAMOLED displays. Speaking at today's launch event, Samsung executive DJ Lee revealed that the new Tabs are just 6.6mm thin, with a high-resolution SuperAMOLED display. The 8.4-inch Tab weighs in at 294 grams, while its big brother weighs 465 grams.
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