Thursday, June 12th 2014, marked the day that Samsung revealed a new flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S.  It must have been a big deal since they dedicated a whole event just for this and it was.  Did I mention it was held inside Madison Square Garden?  Yea, it was a huge deal.  Initially, I think we all thought they were just releasing their current tablets in a slew of different colors to appeal all types of people.  That wasn’t the case here.  Samsung went through and through with all the specs and some of the features that the Tab S has to offer.  Its worth mentioning that it is the first tablet to have a Quad-HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 by 1600 (287 ppi).  Here are the specs:

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Network

Wi-Fi Only

Processor

Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore 1.3 GHz QuadCore)

Display

10.5-inch WQXGA (2560×1600) Super AMOLED, 287ppi

OS

Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Camera / Flash

– Rear: 8.0 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
– Front: 2.1 Megapixel

Video

– Playback: 1080p Full HD video @ 60fps, 1440p WQHD video @ 30fps

Audio

– 3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker

Content Services / Applications

Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Clock, Contacts, Dropbox, Email, Evernote, Flipboard, Gallery, Hancom Viewer, Help, Internet, Kids Mode, Music, My Files, New York Times, Papergarden, Remote PC, S-Voice, Samsung Apps, Settings, SideSync 3.0, Video, WatchON, WebEX

Google Mobile Services

Chrome, Drive, Gmail, Google, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Photos, Play Books, Play Games, Play Movies, Play Music, Play Newsstand, Play Store, Search, Voice Search, YouTube

Connectivity

Dual-Band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, BT v4.0, USB 2.0

GPS

GPS GLONASS

Sensor

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Light, Infrared

Memory

3GB RAM, 16GB Internal Memory, microSD (Up to 128GB)

Dimension / Weight

177.3 x 247.3 x 6.6mm, 465g

Battery

Standard Battery, Li-ion 7,900mAh

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4

Network

Wi-Fi Only

Processor

Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz QuadCore 1.3 GHz QuadCore)

Display

8.4-inch WQXGA (2560×1600) Super AMOLED, 360ppi

OS

Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Camera / Flash

– Rear: 8.0 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
– Front: 2.1 Megapixel

Video

– Playback: 1080p Full HD video @ 60fps, 1440p WQHD video @ 30fps

Audio

– 3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo Speaker

Content Services / Applications

Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Clock, Contacts, Dropbox, Email, Evernote, Flipboard, Gallery, Hancom Viewer, Help, Internet, Kids Mode, Music, My Files, New York Times, Papergarden, Remote PC, S-Voice, Samsung Apps, Settings, SideSync 3.0, Video, WatchON, WebEX

Google Mobile Services

Chrome, Drive, Gmail, Google, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Photos, Play Books, Play Games, Play Movies, Play Music, Play Newsstand, Play Store, Search, Voice Search, YouTube

Connectivity

Dual-Band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac MIMO, BT v4.0, USB 2.0

GPS

GPS GLONASS

Sensor

Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Light, Infrared

Memory

3GB RAM, 16GB Internal Memory, microSD (Up to 128GB)

Dimension / Weight

212.8 x 125.6 x 6.6mm, 294g

Battery

Standard Battery, Li-ion 4,900mAh

*There will be an LTE version released later on

The specs aren’t the only things that makes this tablet impressive.  You have features like the well known multi window, which allows you to run multiple applications on the same screen without interruption.  Also included is the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint sensor for added security and it also allows you to have multiple users on the same tablet.  What does that mean exactly?  When a user uses there fingerprint to unlock the device, it brings them to their particular home screen and how they previously left it.  So now you don’t have to worry about how your icons are placed or being misplaced by the following user.  Very nifty.  My favorite feature of them all is SideSync.  This allows you to seamlessly use your phone through your tablet without having to have your phone on hand.  You can answer phone calls, reply to texts and manage files between your tablet and phone.  It just flows easily now.

The biggest news of the night were the partners that Samsung took on for the purpose of the Tab S.  Creating partnerships with huge companies and magazines like Conde Nast, National Geographic and Marvel.  I don’t think anyone was expecting Marvel.  The purpose of these partnerships is so that they can create content specifically for the Tab S and its crazy good resolution.  Its also worth mentioning that Netflix and Youtube will have 1080p video playback.  So if you were looking for a better viewing experience and the QHD display wasn’t good enough, its also somewhat supported by the content.

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The Galaxy Tab S is due to release in July for $399 (8.4 inch) and $499 (10.5 inch) in two colors, Titanium Bronze and Dazzling White.