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.

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S Sarah Tew/CNET

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 iPad Air
Price $499/£399/AU$599 (10.5 inches), $399/£319/AU$479 (8.4 inches) $499/£399/AU$598 (16GB)
Storage 16GB Up to 128GB
Thickness 0.23 inches / 6.6mm 0.29 inches / 7.5mm
Weight 1 pound (454g) at 10.5 inches; 10 ounces (283g) at 8.4 inches 1 pound (454g)
OS Android 4.4 KitKat iOS 7
CPU 1.9GHz Exynos S Octa CPU Apple A7 chip
Display 2,560x1,600 pixels 2,048x1,536 pixels
RAM 3GB 1GB
Expansion slot Up to 128GB microSD No
Connectivity 802.11ac, LTE 802.11n, LTE
Battery 11 hours of video Up to 10 hours
Camera 8 megapixels with flash; 2.1-megapixels front-facing 5 megapixels; 1.2-megapixel front-facing

 

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