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. 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 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|
|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|