Galaxy Tab S vs. iPad Air: How Samsung's latest tablet stacks up
The new Galaxy Tab S comes in 8.4- and 10.5-inch sizes, with a high resolution, Super AMOLED display.
Samsung has announced the Galaxy Tab S, and it's poised to take on Apple's iPad.
On paper, the Galaxy Tab S beats the iPad in just about every way: a higher resolution, support for up to 128GB of expandable storage and faster wireless connectivity are packed into a body that's just 6mm (0.23 inches) thick.
The new Galaxy Tab S also borrows a few features from Samsung's smartphones, like the ability to open two apps at the same time. You'll be able to use SideSync to pair the Galaxy Tab S with supported devices like the Galaxy S5. Once the devices are connected to one another via Wi-Fi, you can transfer files between them, or even make calls from your tablet. A tablet-optimized version of Samsung's Milk Music service will also be available.
The Galaxy Tab S will be available with an 8.4-inch and a 10.5-inch display, though the specs will remain the same across both models. Check our chart below for all of the details.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S vs. the iPad Air
Galaxy Tab S
$499/£399/AU$599 (10.5 inches), $399/£319/AU$479 (8.4 inches)
Up to 128GB
0.23 inches / 6.6mm
0.29 inches / 7.5mm
1 pound (454g) at 10.5 inches; 10 ounces (283g) at 8.4 inches
1 pound (454g)
Android 4.4 KitKat
1.9GHz Exynos S Octa CPU
Apple A7 chip
Up to 128GB microSD
11 hours of video
Up to 10 hours
8 megapixels with flash; 2.1-megapixels front-facing
5 megapixels; 1.2-megapixel front-facing