Meet Samsung's new premium tablet

LUKE HOPEWELL
Last updated 13:05 13/06/2014

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Samsung has just announced a brand-new, premium-grade tablet from New York this morning, and it’s rocking specs that put some laptops to shame.

Here’s what it’s packing, and what you’ll pay for it.

It’s called the Galaxy Tab S, and it looks like a super-sized Galaxy S5. It comes in two sizes, with a 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch model - both run Android 4.4.

Under the hood, the Galaxy Tab S is well stocked. You’ve got Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processor, which packs in two processors using ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture: four 1.9GHz processor cores and four lesser 1.3GHz ones. That’s backed up with 3GB of RAM. Speaking of speed, you also get Wi-Fi 802.11ac support, using Samsung’s fast MiMo (Multiple In, Multiple Out) antenna for faster download and upload speeds.

It also comes with either 16GB and 32GB storage variants, with both expandable via MicroSD card. The rear-facing camera comes in at 8 megapixels, while the front-facing camera is 2.1 megapixels.

The real stand-out feature of the Galaxy Tab S is the screen. It’s a 2560×1600 SuperAMOLED panel, with brightness so high that it might just blind you if viewed in a dark enough room.

The Tab S is landing in the US in July, and probably will hit  our shores at around the same time. Take that, shipping delays.

There is no exact word on New Zealand prices yet, but the 16GB version will run you US$399 for the 8.4-inch model, while the 10.5-inch Tab S will cost just $100 extra at US499.

Check out our hands-on with the Tab S coming up soon, direct from New York.

Luke Hopewell travelled to New York as a guest of Samsung Australia.

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