Samsung slims down with the Galaxy S tablet

Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy S family of tablets at an event held last night in New York.

The Galaxy S range comes in two screen sizes, 10.4in and 8.4in, and are Samung’s “thinnest and lightest” tablets to date.

The devices are kitted out with a Super AMOLED, 2,560 x 1,600 display.

The display reacts to its environment, as well as the application in use, by automatically adjusting gamma, saturation and sharpness.

This allows it to be used outdoors, “even in bright sunlight”, without compromising the visibility of what’s on screen, Samsung claimed.

It has two pre-set “professional modes” – AMOLED Cinema and AMOLED Photo – that can be manually adjusted. According to Samsung, this will allow users to view videos and photos with optimal display settings.

Both the 8.4in and 10.4in versions are available with 4G or Wi-Fi only.

Galaxy Tab S 8.4

They also both run on either an Exynos 5 Octa quad-core processor or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and have 3GB of RAM plus either 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage. Both have also included space for a microSD card up to 128GB.

As for Samsung’s claim that these are the thinnest, lightest tablets they’ve ever made, the 8.4in Wi-Fi version is 37g lighter than the TabPro 8.4 and rival product the iPad Mini 2 Retina, coming in at 294g, while the 4G version is a little heavier at 298g.

The 10.4in version weighs 465g for the Wi-Fi version and 467g for 4G, which is marginally heavier than the iPad Air, which weighs in at 463g.

At 6.6mm, the 8.4in and 10.4in versions are thinner than both the iPad mini and iPad Air, which are 7.5mm and 7.4mm thick respectively. However, the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet is thinner yet, at 5.5mm.

Included apps

The devices, which Samsung said are “made for entertainment”, both ship with a number of apps, including Kick, which delivers football match data in real-time, and Papergarden, an “optimised viewing environment for digital interactive magazines” that delivers true-life colour.

Additionally, Samsung has entered into a strategic partnership with Marvel, which means customers get three months unlimited free membership to Marvel Unlimited, a catalogue of 13,000 Marvel comics.

Finally, Galaxy Tab S customers will also receive access to a free Kindle book every month through Samsung Book Deals.

The Galaxy Tab S will be available in the UK from 4 July this year.

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