News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday June 12, 2014.
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Samsung today "raised the bar" for tablet viewing experiences with the release of a Super AMOLED display placed into the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S products. The tablet looks as if it's a supersized Galaxy S5 thanks to the same perforated back texture seen on both phone and tablet. The Tab S also includes a Fingerprint Scanner that can scan up to 8 people to unlock the device or create their own Private Mode profiles, allowing families to share a device but maintain a level of privacy. However, with a flatter rim made to look as if its 6.6-mm thin outer rim is gold, there's a slightly more premium appearance to the device.
Introducing a high-resolution Super AMOLED display into its tablets lets Samsung display more colors than it typically shows in tablets, according to DJ Lee. That's especially important because Samsung has created new content services for magazines and videos to showcase the picture quality. The Galaxy Tab S comes in 8.4 or 10.5-inch sizes, including a WQXGA resolution. The 2560x1600 display has 359 pixels per inch in the 8.4 model and 288ppi in the 10.5 model. The Super AMOLED panel has more color diversity in brightness, contrast, and saturation, according to Samsung. It also has tuning in Adaptive Display, which changes when watching a movie or reading an eBook, and Outdoor visibility enhancements. Samsung claims it's showing 20 percent more colors than a standard LCD is able to show.
There are a number of other display improvements - including better white balance, 40 percent less light reflection when viewing outdoors, and Adobe RGB content. In fact, Samsung spent the majority of its presentation talking about the quality of the display in various ways. Still, the increase in display technology didn't adversely affect battery life. The 8.4 model has a 4,900 mAh battery and the 10.5 model has a 7,900 mAh battery that promises 11 hours of watching video in 1080p HD.
Samsung has also created a new Content Hub that shows magazine-style views of upcoming appointments, breaking news, and new video. PaperGarden is an interactive magazine that embeds videos and controllable animations, and Conde Nast and National Geographical are among the first companies to deliver its magazines. Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ, Golf Digest, and Architectural Digest are among the participating mags. Other preloaded content includes Marvel's Marvel Unlimited comic book reader, $20 in-game credits for Asphalt 8, a 3 month subscription to Marvel Unlimited, a 6-month subscription to the Economist, and other content from the Samsung Gifts service.
The 16GB Galaxy Tab S 8.4 will cost $399 in the US. The 16GB 10.5 Tab S will cost $499.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.