After giving a preview of Tab S 8.4, we had an opportunity to try out the new 10.5″ Galaxy Tab S model, so you could check out some basic specs. With high display resolution in extremely thin casing, and of course a bunch of extras and advanced specs, check our first impressions of Galaxy Tab S 10.5 in video preview, outdoors display quality test and AnTuTu benchmark.
Compared with competition and previous Galaxy Tab generations, this new generation of Tab S tablets it among the thinnest and lightest, which makes it practical for carrying it around, even in this 10-inch form factor. It’s lighter than the Apple iPad Air, although slightly bigger. But the most important thing is that it doesn’t come with cheap plastic as before. It’s very elegant, stylish and looks very premium in hands. Inside, you’ll find one of the best and latest generation of displays in the world. With 288 ppi pixel density, this 10.5″ model will be ok for photographers because it offers more than 90% color coverage according to the Adobe RGB scale, although 8.4″ Tab S version could be more practical. Check our short video preview of Tab S 8.4 below:
Display Quality outdoors
As you have seen, this screen with 2560×1600 pixels looks awesome indoors. But we took it also outdoors in direct sunlight to see how visible it is when you’re on the move. I must say it better than the 8.4″ version in direct sunlight, and looks very usable. With both tablets you have to adjust automatic brightness, which is great because it saves battery capacity. When on 100% manually adjusted brightness, display is not usable outdoors with direct sunlight. Be sure to check our video below to see it in real conditions:
AnTuTu Benchmark test
Both versions of the GALAXY Tab S available with the diagonals of 8.4 or 10.5 inches can connect to the Internet using WiFi or WiFi and 4G LTE connections. Data Storage can take up to 16 or 32 gigabytes of internal memory, which is further expandable with microSD cards up to 128 MB. Chipset inside is a bit older, but still representable Snapdragon 800 with quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 Cortex-A15 processor, and huge 3 GB of RAM memory. For graphics, you get Adreno 330, and this is our preview of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 on AnTuTu benchmark test. It scored 34.186 points overall and maximum 49 fps or average 45 fps in video gaming which is awesome, and slightly better than with 8.4″ version.
New generation of tablets is available on the market from July 2014., in White or Titanium Gray. Recommended retail prices range from $600 for 8.4-inch model with 16GB of memory and WiFi connectivity, up to $900 for 10.5-inch version with 32GB of memory and the ability to connect WiFi and 4G LTE technology. After the first hands-on preview, we can say that Samsung has finally reached build quality, screen and intuitivity of use comparable to the the Apple iPad Air.