A quick look at Samsung's new tablets

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    The blog Samsung has already slipped news about that soon will be on sale flagship tablet Galaxy Tab S series display with Super AMOLED. On June 27, these tablets went on sale in the United States, and on July 11 they will come to Russia.

    I turned them in my hands a little and am ready to say a couple of affectionate ones.



    The tablet looks stylish, like all Samsung gadgets - this cannot be taken away from the Korean company. It is convenient to hold the gadget, the textured back panel does not slip. The case is made of soft-touch plastic. The tablet is light enough to hold with one hand.

    The older model in the version with LTE weighs 467 grams and its thickness is 6.6 mm, which makes this tablet one of the thinnest on the market in its class.


    The diagonal of the tablet is not quite standard: it's 10.5 inches. After my Lenovo c 11.6-inch, it seems small, but I have it from the habit of a particular gadget. 


    On the back there is a camera and flash. At the ends are microUSB, a paired volume button, a screen off button, closed ports for a SIM card and microSD.




    All tablets of the line carry eight cores on board. The tablets are built on the basis of the Exynos 5 Octa processor (4 cores 1.9 GHz + 4 cores 1.3 GHz) and have 3 GB of RAM. The graphics processor is Mali-T628 MP6. On some sites, they hastened to write that in the LTE version there will be a Snapdragon 800, but this is not so.

    The tablets are equipped with flash drives of two capacity options: 16 and 32 gigabytes, but in Russia only 16 gigabytes will appear on sale so far. In addition, the Galaxy Tab S supports microSD cards with a capacity of up to 128 gigabytes. 

    Specifications in comparison

    I compared the characteristics of the older model with the flagship from Sony and iPad Air. Perhaps comparing it with Apple is not entirely correct, but still leave it.
    Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 LTEApple iPad Air Wi ‑ Fi + CellularSony Xperia Tablet Z2 10.1 "16Gb LTE
    operating systemAndroid 4.4 KitKatiOS 7Android 4.4 KitKat
    Screen10.5 inches,
    2560 x 1600 pixels,
    9.7 inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels, IPS, Retina10.1 inches, 1920x1200
    Front-camera2.1 MP1.2 MP2.2 megapixels
    Main camera8.0 MP5.0 MP8.1 MP
    GPS / GLONASS+ / ++ / ++ / -
    LTE support+++
    CPUExynos 5 Octa 1.3 / 1.9 GHz with 4 Cortex-A7 cores and 4 Cortex-A15 cores
    A7, frequency - 1.4 GHz, number of cores - 2Snapdragon 801 2.3 GHz Quad Core
    RAM / ROM3 GB / 16 and 32 GB1 GB / 16 and 32 and 64 and 128 GB3 GB / 16 GB
    Memory cardsmicroSDXC up to 128 GBNotmicroSDXC up to 64 GB
    Battery7900 mAhNot available6000 mAh
    Weight467 grams469 grams439 grams
    Price26 990 rub. 24 990 rub. - 36 990 rub.27 990 rub.


    The display resolution is amazing. Of course, this seems to be just a race for numbers, but the image quality, however, is really excellent. The aspect ratio is 16:10. 

    In fact, the main advantage of this display is not resolution. The Tab S is the first large-format tablet with a Super AMOLED screen (three years ago Samsung already had an Galaxy Tab 7.7 AMOLED tablet, but it’s small and relatively expensive). Using Super AMOLED technology provides several advantages at once. Firstly, a large color gamut - the colors are noticeably cleaner and richer than on the average LCD screen. Samsung promises a color gamut of 94% AdobeRGB, typical LCD tablets usually have a slightly lower gamut than sRGB - this is about 70% AdobeRGB (although some LCD models are chosen outside of sRGB, but they are literally unity). Plus, AMOLED has very high contrast, so the black color is really black, good economy (unlike the LCD, there is no backlight that constantly consumes full power, no matter what happens on the screen), less glare - the picture is better seen in bright light, even in the sun. And finally, AMOLED screens are thinner than the LCD, so the Tab S managed to place a rather large battery in a 6.6 mm case (one third more than the Sony Tablet Z2, which has a thickness of 6.5 mm, but is made on a regular LCD screen).

    There is, of course, a problem with the fact that almost all photographs and films are now produced for regular screens, so that on AMOLED colors may look more saturated than they should be. But there are several profiles in the screen settings, one of which reduces the color gamut to normal sRGB.


    Offline work

    The battery capacity is 4900 (for 8.4 inches) or 7900 mAh (10.5 inches). This will allow working, according to the manufacturer, for 11 hours. In addition, there is a function of "Extreme Energy Saving" - it puts the screen in black and white mode and disables all secondary services and functions. The meaning of the black and white picture is that the black background on AMOLED practically does not consume energy, so that the remaining charge will give several hours of real use, and not just lying on the table. The function is activated manually even on a fully charged battery, so if you are leaving, for example, on a hike where there will be no outlets, you can turn it on immediately.



    The tablet is characterized by high speed and a complete lack of brakes. The performance in the benchmarks is decent.

    Antutu Benchmark

    CPU Prime Benchmark

    It is a pity only that in Russia they will be available only on July 11, and in the USA they already appeared on June 27.

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