Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S range will launch in Australia on July 14 and the Korean manufacturer is backing its screen-making cred as one of the key draw cards for luring Apple customers away from iPads. Pricing its new tablets the same as Apple might also help win the war.
The tablet range includes 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch variants, each with Wi-Fi Only and 4G options. Samsung is making sure no one chooses an iPad based on price alone, with several of its models matching Apple’s price for iPad Mini and iPad Air devices.
|Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch 16GB Wi-Fi Only||$479||Apple iPad Mini 16GB Wi-Fi Only||$479|
|Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch 16GB 4G+ Wi-Fi||$629||Apple iPad Mini 16GB 4G + Wi-Fi||$629|
|Galaxy Tab S 8.4-inch 32GB Wi-Fi Only||$579||Apple iPad Mini 32GB Wi-Fi Only||$598|
|Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch 16GB Wi-Fi Only||$599||Apple iPad Air 16GB Wi-Fi Only||$598|
|Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch 16GB 4G+ Wi-Fi||$699||Apple iPad Air 16GB 4G + Wi-Fi||$699|
|Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch 32GB Wi-Fi Only||$749||Apple iPad Air 32GB Wi-Fi Only||$749|
With pricing matched, Samsung is hoping its Super AMOLED screen technology wins over customers in a side-by-side comparison. Both the 8.4- and 10.5-inch models include 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution screens, which is a considerable leap forward from the ‘Full HD’ screens in most premium tablets, and a decent step up from the 2048 x 1536 resolution in the ‘Retina’ displays on current iPads.
It’s not solely about the number of pixels either, Samsung is boasting about screen brightness and a superior contrast ratio too; elements which give the new tablets an important ‘wow factor’. Sampling these screens for ourselves recently, the WhistleOut team came away suitably impressed. Regardless of the size of the tablet, the screens are impressively sharp and almost painfully bright and colourful.
Samsung also includes a fingerprint scanner in this latest tablet collection, similar to the scanner available in the Galaxy S5. This can be incorporated into a new multiple-user account system, allowing different members of your household to log into their own account with a swipe of a finger.
Tab S customers will also be treated to a number of complimentary apps and service subscriptions, like access to the Wall Street Journal and Marvel Comics Unlimited.