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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Apple iPad Air: specs comparison

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs Apple iPad Air: specs comparison
Samsung has just announced its newest flagship tablets (that don't include S Pen styluses), so we naturally want to see how the new Galaxy Tab S devices stack up to the current competition. This one focuses on the larger display category, and that means it is time for a specs battle between the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and the Apple iPad Air.

The big focus of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 was in the dimensions and the display, with both changes aimed squarely at the iPad Air. Samsung was able to build a tablet that has a larger display with a higher resolution than the iPad Air, while still making the table thinner and (just barely) lighter. Maybe even more impressive is that the Galaxy Tab S doesn't have a footprint all that much bigger than the Air, even though its display is 0.8 inches larger. If you can get past Samsung's usual plastic backing materials, that could make for an impressive tablet. 

Unsurprisingly, the other internals of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (SoC, RAM, etc) look far more impressive on paper, but we'll have to wait and see how the device performs in real world conditions, because Samsung's software additions tend to cause performance issues.

For this comparison, we've also added in the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, which was released back in February and is the most direct predecessor to the new Tab S 10.5.

Display

Size

9.7 inches
10.1 inches
10.5 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
Super Clear LCD
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

71.65 %
70.97 %
72.88 %

Features

Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
Ambient light sensor
Ambient light sensor

Hardware

System chip

Apple A7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5420

Processor

Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Octa-core, 1900 MHz, ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7

GPU

PowerVR G6430
Adreno 330
Mali-T628 MP6

RAM

1GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

128GB
32GB
32GB

OS

iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
Android (4.4)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2)

Battery

Capacity

8820 mAh
8220 mAh
7900 mAh

Music playback

 
147.00 hours
132.00 hours

Video playback

 
10.00 hours
12.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

5 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
8 MP (Autofocus)
8 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 33 mm
 
 

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Recording format

H.264, MOV
 
MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV

Features

Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling
Video calling
 

Front

1.2 MP
2 MP
2.1 MP

Video capture

1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
 
 

Design

Dimensions

9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 inches (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm)
9.57 x 6.75 x 0.29 inches (243.1 x 171.4 x 7.3 mm)
9.74 x 6.98 x 0.26 inches (247.3 x 177.3 x 6.6 mm)

Weight

16.86 oz (478.0 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (483 g)
16.54 oz (469.0 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (483 g)
16.47 oz (467.0 g)
the average is 16.9 oz (483 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
 
 

Biometrics

 
 
Fingerprint (swipe)

Features

 
 
Touch sensitive control keys

Buyers information

Price

$ 929
 
 

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