Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5″ and 8.4″ In the Flesh and First Impressions


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Smartphone and tablet giant, Samsung, finally revealed the thinnest and lightest tablet in the market, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. The Galaxy Tab S is powered with advanced productivity features for seamless multitasking, housed in a highly stylish, yet simple design. Galaxy Tab S would be available into two different sizes, 8.4″ and 10.5″. Both will be having a Super AMOLED Display that delivers more than 90% of Adobe RGB color coverage and has a remarkable 100,000:1 ratio which provides a more realistic images. Since the Super AMOLED doesn’t require a backlight, the Galaxy Tab S consumes less energy than comparative LCD displays. With its long-lasting battery, and Ultra-Power Saving Mode, the Galaxy Tab S lets consumer enjoy hours of entertainment without the worries of recharging.


One of the key features of the tablet is its Adaptive Display. With this kind of technology, it is ensured that whenever and wherever you go, the tablet will intelligently adjust its gamma, saturation and sharpness based on the application being viewed.


Both models have a sleek 6.6mm profile and at only 465g (10.5-inch) and 294g (8.4-inch).

The Galaxy Tab S is made for entertainment and comes with a premium content eco-system. These are the following contents:

  1. Papergarden – it is the Samsung’s magazine service. Users will be able to view a wide range of popular magazines with vivid and at highest resolution.
  2. Galaxy Gifts – With more than 30 of the world’s leading mobile content and service providers, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S is capable of using the ultimate home, work and play entertainment experience through premium content. One of these include gifts is the “Marvel Unlimited.” Samsung Galaxy Tab S users will be able to access over 15,000 comics through 3 months of unlimited free membership. The good news is that the Marvel Unlimited app, along with the free 3-month subscription will be available here in the Philippines if you purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S accessories will also be available. The Book Cover accessory configures to three different display angles for ultimate experience while reading, watching or typing. There will also be the Simple Cover, which is perfectly fitted into your Galaxy Tab S and with lightweight protection.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is indeed a multitasker. Users can make and receive calls directly from their phone and Galaxy Tab S via the Call Forwarding feature of the SideSync 3.0. The Multi User Mode is a feature in which users can create customized profiles which can be safely secured by the use of the built-in Fingerprint Scanner. You will not also worry when your children are playing with your Galaxy Tab S, the Kids Mode is a dedicated interface and with kid-friendly applications. We will expand on these features once we received our review unit.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be available here in the Philippines but with a catch, they will only release LTE devices locally and with the big 3 telcos. You can choose two colors, Dazzling White and Titanium Bronze. One more thing, the 8.4″ Galaxy Tab S will be priced $399 while the 10.4″ is at $499. No update yet regarding the price here in the Philippines but for sure, we will update you as soon as possible. The Galaxy Tab S will be available worldwide from July, 2014.

Gianfranco is the co-founder of He graduated from Far Eastern University. A Psychology student turned tech-savvy. He's currently the HR Supervisor of Blip Media and one of the content producers of Gadget Pilipinas. He enjoys playing competitive video games and binge-watch American TV series.

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