Samsung announces the Galaxy Tab S, its latest iPad rival

Samsung has just made a new major announcement. The huge company has unveiled the new Galaxy Tab S at a media event in New York – it’s a direct competitor to the iPad.

The Galaxy Tab S is lighter and thinner than previous Samsung Tab releases, and it features 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution and a super AMOLED display. The tablet cost $899 for the 8.4 inch screen and $499 for the 10.5 inch screen.

Samsung says the Super AMOLED screen will allow better colors, contrast, range and outdoor visibility than other LCDs in the market. The Verge’s Dan Seifert however says the screen is far from perfect:
“In person, they are very bright and very vibrant, though they still exhibit the over-saturated look anyone that’s used a Galaxy S smartphone can relate to,” said Seifert. “Samsung is including some software tools to tweak colors and brightness, which help make the displays easier to look at while reading. But really, Samsung designed these for watching video, and for that they look great.”
The device has an interesting feature termed as SlideSync 3.0 – it allows you to answer and receive phone calls from nearby Galaxy S5 devices within WiFi range. The tablet also has a microSD slot and 16 GB internal SD memory.

It will come with Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box and TouchWiz UI. Customers will also get a Simple Cover and Book Cover to protect against dents and scratches. Samsung has a keyboard for the tablet as well, which turns it into a laptop or netbook.

Samsung is trying to do what it can to outdo the iPad. However, the Verge’s report says the tablet ecosystem for Samsung is weak. Lets see if Tab S can change all that.

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