NEW YORK — How could you not notice how many tablets Samsung has unleashed these last couple of years? And while Samsung has very definite ideas about how to segment the market among Galaxy Tab, Note Pros and all the other tablets it has introduced, it is sometimes hard to keep the machines straight.
Such is the environment in which Samsung unveils its latest tablet line, the Galaxy Tab S. These are Samsung’s thinnest and lightest tablets models yet, and they’re clearly aimed at the kind of people who want to watch lots and lots of video, and not just short clips but full TV shows and movies.
The Tab S machines run Android KitKat 4.4 software, and will be available in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch versions, starting at $399.99 and $499.99, respectively. These will be Wi-Fi only models when they first arrive next month, though models with LTE wireless connectivity are promised too. Samsung starts taking preorders on the Wi-Fi slates on Friday. Machines come in white or titanium bronze.
A couple of things struck me during my brief hands-on demo time: First is how thin and light the these tablets are. The 10.5-inch model weighs just over a pound and is about as thin as five credit cards stacked on top of one another. The smaller model is equally thin and weighs about 10.4 ounces.
The most eye-popping feature on both models, though, is their gorgeous Super AMOLED (2560 by 1600 resolution) displays. Colors are vivid, rich, true to life. Samsung claims the “contrast ratio”— in simple terms the ratio measures the difference between the brightest and darkest image on the screen — is 100 times better than that of an LCD tablet. Viewing angles are superb.
Samsung has also incorporated a proprietary adaptive display technology that can automatically adjust the color and saturation on the screen depending on which key app is in use: eBook, Video, Gallery, Camera, Video calls, Web browsing or the general user interface… see more