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First Look: Samsung Galaxy Tab S is a sleek slate with a spectacular screen
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First Look: Samsung Galaxy Tab S is a sleek slate with a spectacular screen

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets are feature-filled, high-end slates tailored for movie-watching.

Samsung's extensive family of gadgets gets a little bigger with two new Galaxy Tab S Slates. And those looking for a great movie watching tablet with plenty of other virtues are going to find the pair a worthy high end investment. I'm Xiomara Blanco for CNet and this a First Look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. The super thin and light weight designs have a light goldish brown trim and come in white or gray. Both tables are currently the lightest and thinnest in their categories. And the sparsely dimpled plastic back is comfortable to hold. In landscape orientation, the 8.4 incher suffers from a button filled bottom bezel with capacitive buttons that are easy to accidentally trigger. And in order to avoid blocking the speakers, your thumb has to haphazardly hang out by the back button. The 10.4 inch model, slim side bezels don't provide a lot of thumb space either. And for these reasons, I found the cases to be an essential accessory to fully enjoy long movies. The native video app is the best way to watch videos. Since it gives you the full menu of options to optimize your viewing experience. Like the MLF cinema mode. When turned on, the saturated colors, sharpness, and deep black levels make HD content appear vibrant and lifelike. For some videos, I really enjoyed the extra punch but I wasn't always a fan of how it changed the colour balance. Sometimes it makes natural looking scenes or skin tones into over saturated ones that often look too green or red. The [UNKNOWN] LED cinema setting does a great job of enhancing videos. But it's up to personal preference if you like the more saturated and contrasted result. [CROSSTALK] Picture quality isn't incredibly impressive or loud but audio holds up at max volume with little distortion and there are a few useful audio optimization options when using the native video app. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S runs on Samsung's own Exynos five Octa CPU. Three gigabytes of RAM, 16 or 32 gigabytes of internal storage, and a micro SD card slot that's expandable up to 128 gigabytes. Other hardware on the Tab S includes a fingerprint scanner, which is easy to set up and works well consistently, and an eight megapixel rear and two megapixel front facing camera. The cameras offer the usual modes, but you can also download more if you'd like. And though there isn't a huge variety to choose from, it's a cool and rare perk to download more camera modes. For a tablet, the photo quality is pretty decent. Images look fine at full resolution, but they're still visible grain and noid. The image stabilization makes a difference when taking low light photos. But a steady hand goes a long way. The Galaxy Tab S are two of the best movie watching tablets available and though they're a high end purchase with a price to match, they packed a robust user interface and plenty of software features to justify it. I've only begun to scratch the surface of what the Galaxy Tab S has to offer. So, for a more in depth look, check out my forward view on CNET. Again, I'm Xiomara Bianco and this has been the First Look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. [MUSIC]

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