Samsung Galaxy Tab S Makes iPad Air Look Fat

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) has just unveiled its new Galaxy Tab S. While Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) touted the “impossible” thinness of the iPad Air last fall, Samsung’s new tablet has it beat.

Specs of Galaxy Tab S

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930)’s new tablet comes in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch sizes. Both Galaxy Tab S models are just 6.6 millimeters thick, compared to the iPad Air’s 7.5 millimeters. The tablet is just a tiny bit thicker than the slimmest tablet on the market, which according to The Register, is Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE) (TYO:6758)’s Xperia Z2 tablet, at 6.4 millimeters.

The smaller model weighs only 294 grams, and the bigger model weighs 465 grams. The Galaxy Tab S has two processors—a 1.3 GHz and a 1.9 GHz—which run the newest version of the Android operating system, KitKat.

Samsung highlights the display

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) significantly increased the pixel density for the new tablet. The 10.5-inch model sports a resolution of 2560 x 1600, which ends up being 264 pixels per square inch, while the 8.4-inch model has 359 pixels per square inch.

The smaller Galaxy Tab S edges out the iPad Mini’s Retina display, which has 326 pixels per square inch with a display that is 7.9 inches in size. The larger iPad Air has 264 pixels per square inch with a 9.7-inch display. The display is a Super AMOLED screen, and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) said the display makes images sharper by darkening blacks and brightening whites.

The company also emphasized that the tablet’s huge contrast ratio of 100,000 to one is actually 100 times better than that of LCD screens. In addition, the Galaxy Tab S reportedly offers a 20% wider color range than LCD displays.

Other features

The new Galaxy Tab S also sports an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It also offers HD video recording, either 32 GB or 16 GB of memory, 3GB of RAM and a microSD card slot.

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