Lightweight Tab S is a nifty tablet
SAMSUNG'S upcoming flagship tablet range is thinner and lighter than that of other leading tablet brands in the market.
Available in either 8.4-inch (16GB) or 10.5-inch (32GB) sizes, the Samsung Tab S will be available here in both Wi-Fi and LTE versions. The devices will be powered by the Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz quadcore + 1.3GHz quadcore) processor.
Both versions will feature WQXGA 2,560x1,600 pixel displays in a 16:10 aspect ratio. This is the second time that Samsung is using a Super Amoled display for a tablet device.
An Amoled screen offers higher contrast ratios, and Samsung says the screen will be able to handle more colours than before, with about 90 per cent of Adobe RGB colour coverage.
Its 100,000:1 contrast ratio will also mean deeper blacks, creating more realistic images. The screen will have an Adaptive Display setting that detects the type of content on screen, such as photos and videos.
A feature on Samsung tablets and Galaxy smartphones, SideSync enables users to link the devices using Wi-Fi Direct, such that the tablet's screen will mirror the phone's display.
This will allow a user to control his smartphone with his tablet, letting him answer e-mail and WhatsApp messages, drag and drop files from one device to the other, and make and answer phone calls from the tablet.
While several device-makers have started to add fingerprint sensors to their phones, none has put such a biometric sensor on a globally available tablet until now.
These sensors, such as the one on Samsung's Galaxy S5, allow users to access or lock a tablet, and even make secure payments with online payment services - such as PayPal - through them.
The 8.4-inch version comes with a 4,900mAh battery, while the larger one has a 7,900mAh battery.
The Super Amoled screen draws less power than other screen displays, and both tablets feature the Ultra Power Saving mode, as seen in the Galaxy S5. To extend battery life, features such as screen brightness are limited and connectivity is disabled.
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Prices not confirmed; available next month