Samsung announces the first high-res Super AMOLED tablets: the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5

Samsung's tablet event has gotten under way in New York, and as we have been expecting, the announcement is for two new top-of-the-line tablets in Samsung's stable. These are the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 and 10.5. The two new tablets are essentially updates to the previous Galaxy Tab Pro line, but with a new name to bring more continuity to its products. 

The Note devices include the S Pen, but the Galaxy S and Tab S devices do not. But, the real story of these two new tablets is in what you get from the new displays that Samsung is using. You can probably figure out the display sizes of the new tablets just based on their names, and the resolutions are the same as the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and 10.1 (1600 x 2560 for each). But, the big difference comes from the fact that the new Galaxy Tab S devices feature Super AMOLED displays, which are bright and crisp with great colors and viewing angles. Samsung promises that the Super AMOLED displays will get closer to true colors because the AMOLED doesn't filter any light, and because it can reach 90% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, while traditional LCD only gets about 70% of the Adobe RGB gamut. Of course, AMOLED also promises better contrast and deeper blacks, and Samsung claims these tablets will offer the best visibility in bright sunlight, because they are 40% less reflective than traditional LCD.

Under the hood, the tablets feature smaller updates, but still nice ones. Each tablet will feature 3GB of RAM, up from the 2GB found in the Galaxy Tab Pro, and an Exynos 5 Octa processor clocked at 1.9GHz + 1.3GHz (four cores each). This is a bit surprising, because these are the Exynos 5420 chipsets, not the 5422 we saw in the Galaxy S5. These are the "thinnest and lightest" tablets Samsung has made at just 6.6 mm thick. The Tab S 8.4 will weigh just 294g, and the 10.5 clocks in at 465g, making it thinner and lighter than the iPad Air. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 features a 4900mAh battery, and the 10.5 has a 7900mAh battery, which Samsung says will provide 11 hours of battery life, thanks a lot to the new AMOLED displays, which tend to be more power efficient. 

Samsung has also added fingerprint scanners to the new Tab S devices, and the big news there is that the new tablets can support up to 8 different users who each have their own "private mode". We just hope that the fingerprint scanners work better than the one found on the Galaxy S5. And, if it matters at all, there will be an 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front of each tablet.

Of course, Samsung wouldn't be Samsung without new software features as well. The new tablets offer Magazine UI, which has been branded "Content Home" as we've seen on other Samsung devices. This will bring together media, productivity, and more all in a single screen. Samsung alsohas  new features like Kid's Corner to customize a section of your tablet for your children, and SideSync, which will help to connect your devices together. SideSync will offer options to answer calls from your Samsung phone on your tablet, as well as options to remotely access your PC, or transfer files between devices. Samsung has partnered with content creators, including Condé Nast, National Geographic, and Marvel Comics, to bring Papergarden, which will bring interactive, multimedia magazines to the devices.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Wi-Fi model will cost $399; the Tab S 10.5 Wi-Fi will cost $499; and, both will be available in white and bronze in July in Europe and the US. LTE models will be released "soon after that". 

Related phones

Galaxy Tab S 8.4
  • Display 8.4" 1600 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4900 mAh(29h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Tab S 10.5
  • Display 10.5" 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 7900 mAh



1. ydl08

Posts: 54; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

not bad

2. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

hmm... I will wait for the full specs and details before I can get excited.

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"The first Super AMOLED Tablets"? What about the Galaxy Tab 7.7?

9. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I think Samsung mentioned 'high resolution' in there as well. So it's 'the worlds first high resolution Super AMOLED tab'

4. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Blah blah blah they should of started there second gen lineup with that screen resolution

17. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Oh and where are the blackberry tablets?Stuck in 2011.The galaxy note 10.4 (2014) also has the same resolution,your comment is useless,your fanboyism too. These are the first high-res AMOLED tablets. Please be more informed before you post stupid things like this.

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

You could see the tablet lag in his hand as it was rotating the display. Such a shame.

19. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

What are you talking about?

20. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

When DJ Lee was giving an overview of the tablet's features on stage, as he was waving it around the screen rotated a couple times. The lag and dropped frames in that simple animation was painfully obvious.

6. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

$399 for 8.4. Just the way I thought. Will buy the 8.4".

7. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Tab PRO series was we got Tab S. Whats sup with the these release patterns? I got my Tab Pro 8.4, but I use it for reading my this whole entertainment and watching movies with Amoled doesn't amuse to me.

10. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

More tablets for more choices. Like I'd take a Tab S 10.5, NotePro 12.2 and a TabPro 8.4.

8. iMemo

Posts: 113; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Samsung wouldn't be Samsung with no lag. Let's embrace that 'feature'.

11. elroy

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Be honest guys this one of the best tablet out there now.Samsung you are heading in the right direction.Android 5 is all that is missing....

12. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Would like 2 get the 8.4 if it was cheaper. For that kind of money they could have at least used a 5422

13. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

i wish they refresh the note 8.0

14. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Exynos............ disappointment.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's one of the pros....

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Not for me, i literally cried for a snapdragon note 3, Exynos turned me off. Snapdragon is always a better chipset, balanced, efficient, LTE and even better ISPs.

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

RIDICUOUSLY thin tablet. and i love their HIGH RESOLUTION with it's thinnes.

18. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Finally a tablet that can give xperia tablet z2 a run for its money, and actually beat it. PS - My Preferences

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