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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.1
Samsung have come out with two new tablets, in 8.4” and 10.1” versions. We’re going to look at the 10.1” version this time around.
You can purchase the tablet in two colours, “Dazzling White” and “Titanium Bronze”, so I guess they mean white or bronze. The tablet will go on sale for 300GBP, and is a direct competitor to the iPad Air and the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet. It has a dimpled back cover that is clipped on to the tablet rather than using a magnetic method. You have to pull pretty hard to get the cover off though, so this is a good way of doing things.
As is typically Samsung, the tablet has a physical home button and a pair of touch sensitive keys. There are four viewing positions, courtesy of the back cover, which should make life a little easier for those who watch videos in bed, and it is only 6.6mm thick, which is thinner than the iPad Air. It also weighs a measly 465 grams.
The screen has a 16:10 aspect ratio that is great for TV type shows and videos. The resolution is quite potent at 2560x1600 WQVGA using super AMOLED technology and has 280ppi. The display is superb, colours “pop” satisfyingly, and there is great contrast. You can also select different viewing modes or manually adjust the gamma, saturation and sharpness.
The machine has side-mounted speakers that are satisfyingly loud and straight from the Galaxy S5 we have the IR Blaster and the fingerprint scanner. The phone also boasts 11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth version 4, GPS but no NFC. There is a 4G LTE model coming out, but that will be 100GBP dearer.
Storage-wise, you can pick from a 16GB or 32GB number, but with a microSD slot on both, so you can add an extra 128GB of space. It has 3GB of RAM, and Samsung’s Exynos 5 octa processor, so that works out to be 4 x 1.9GHz cores and 4 x 1.3GHz cores.
The phone also sports an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2.1MP front facing camera. It runs 4.4.2 KitKat and Samsung’s Touchwiz interface.
All in all, an excellent offering from Samsung. This should definitely be on your comparison list when going out shopping for your next tablet.