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Samsung announces new Galaxy Tab S line of tablets

Published on Jun 13, 2014 10:49 AM

Not content with its current line-up of tablets of different types and sizes, Korean tech giant Samsung has announced two new models armed with sharper, brighter displays and fingerprint scanners for added security.

Available in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch sizes, these new flagship tablets will use Samsung's Super Amoled screens, which were previously reserved for the company's smartphone models (aside from a lone Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet model in 2011). Offering more vibrant colours and deeper blacks, these displays have a pixel resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 and a touted 100,000: 1 contrast ratio that is more efficient than the current crop of TFT screens used by competitors such as Apple's iPad.

In fact, the 10.5-inch model is looking to be a direct competitor of Apple's much lauded iPad Air. Weighing 465g against the 469g of the iPad Air, the Tab S 10.5-inch is also slimmer, at 6.6mm compared to the 7.5mm of the iPad Air.

The larger Tab S tablet will also have its own Bluetooth keyboard that turns the device into a laptop. Running on Android KitKat 4.4, the tablets will come with 3GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of memory, as well as a microSD slot that allows storage space to be increased by up to 128GB. Samsung Singapore has not announced local prices but the devices are expected to be available from July.