Hands-On: Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With 2560X1600 Super AMOLED Display

Samsung unveiled its latest flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S, at an event in New York City, and the new device is thin, lightweight, and sports a killer Super AMOLED display. Samsung boasts that the Tab S’s 2560x1600 display has a 73% better color reproduction rate than conventional LCD displays and can match colors up to 94% of “nature’s true palette” with deeper blacks and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio.

If Samsung is accurate in its boast, the Galaxy Tab S is a compelling device for anyone who regularly works with photography or video, not to mention frequent movie-watchers.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S  

The tablet also features Adaptive Display, which is a feature that optimizes the brightness, contrast, and color for whatever environment you may be in. It works on seven built-in apps: Gallery, Camera, Internet, Video, e-Book, VT Call, and UI.

The 10.5-inch device weighs just 467g and measures a mere 6.6mm in thickness (and there’s an 8.4-inch version, too). The Multi Window allows for multitasking, and SideSync 3.0 lets you keep your tablet and smartphone connected; you can see your phone screen on the tablet, send and receive voice calls from it, copy and paste, and transfer data between them.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Other features include a fingerprint scanner, Samsung Knox for security, and a Kid Mode that offers parental controls and special apps just for kids.

Here's a quick hands-on of the Galaxy Tab S at tonight's NYC press event.  Notice how smooth and responsive it is, even though it's pushing 4 million pixels at 2560X1600 res.

Under the hood, the Galaxy Tab S features Android KitKat 4.4, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage with a microSD slot that supports up to 128GB. The front camera is 2.1MP but offers Full HD, and the rear 8MP camera has an LED flash.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S

There’s also WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO, WiFi Direct, BT 4.0, and on certain models, 4G LTE, in addition to GPS and GLONASS. A 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB 2.0 port are on board as well, and Samsung promises up to 11 hours of battery life even if you spend the whole time watching movies.

Samsung is really going after the media consumption angle with the Tab S. It’s designed to be ideal and optimize for everything from movies to digital magazines, and that’s not a bad strategy. Tablets have always been perfect for consumption, and providing the best possible experience to that end is a smart move.