The Samsung Galaxy Tab S
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Gee, we wonder how many tablets Samsung is going to release before they feel they’ve cornered every segment in the market. Obviously, what they have now isn’t really enough with their latest launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S here in Malaysia.

Not that we’re complaining since the Galaxy Tab S brings some absolute goodies to the tablet playing field.

So what do we get?

It is the lightest and thinnest tablet from Sammy to date and it brings with it the most advanced display tech to be seen on a tablet. How light and thin? How about a 6.6mm profile and 294g and 465g for the 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch respectively. Pretty decent right?

All right so it isn’t just looks and weight for you. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Here’s what you can expect.

That advance display we mentioned? Well the Tab S has a WQXGA (2560 x 1600, 16:10) Super AMOLED screen for both the 8.4 and 10.5 inch versions. With the adaptive display tech, the gamma, saturation and sharpness is automatically adjusted based on not only the current running app, but also the ambient temperature of the environment and ambient lighting. Now how’s that for a smart tablet. And if you think your normal contrast ratio isn’t enough, the Tab S comes with a 100,000 : 1 ratio that ought to bring some highly realistic images to life.

That’s all the screen bits though. How about the power? Does an Octa core processor sound tasty enough for you? The Tab S comes with the Exynos 5 Octa (1.9Ghz quad-core and a 1.3Ghz quad-core) processor and that’s not all. There’s 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage to back it up as well. And though 16GB seems a bit on the tiny side for storage, don’t fret, you’ll still be able to expand its storage up to 128GB via microSD.

How about battery life you ask? Well you can expect a 4900 mAh battery for the 8.4-inch version while the 10.5-inch version will be getting a 7,900 mAh battery. And if those specs aren’t enough to whet your appetite for the Galaxy Tab S, you can also expect a fingerprint scanner and Android 4.4 Kit Kat on it.

Still not enough? Well Samsung’s packaging in some exclusive content just for us Malaysians as well. Here’s just some of it.

  • Free 12-month subscription to eight lifestyle magazine titles from SPH Magazines worth RM1,920.
  • Free 6-month subscription to Star e-paper worth RM150
  • Free 500 songs from My GALAXY Music, available within 6-month period
  • Preloaded GALAXY Life app – source of personalised, curated and exclusive content with over 120 offers and deals from 50 partners.

Accessories Galore

A variety of covers and cases for the Galaxy Tab S
A variety of covers and cases for the Galaxy Tab S

Of course you can’t have a new Samsung tablet without some accessories to go with it and Samsung isn’t slacking off in that department. There are three main accessories you can expect for the Galaxy Tab S starting with the Book Cover that provides three different display angles while providing some protection for the Sammy slate. There’s also a simplified version of the Book Cover in the form of the aptly named Simple Cover which is lighter and slimmer. Then there is the Bluetooth Keyboard which is specifically designed for the Tab S and comes with clasp for protection.

Let's not forget the specially designed keyboard for the Galaxy Tab S
Let’s not forget the specially designed keyboard for the Galaxy Tab S

Pricing and availability

So when can we expect the Galaxy Tab S to pop up in the retail outlets here? Samsung says we’ll be able to get our grubby paws on them starting 11 July. And how much you ask? Well the 8.4-inch Tab S is going for RM1,699 while the 10.5-inch version is going for RM1,999.

Both will be available in Titanium Bronze and Dazzling White.