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Hands on with Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Tony Ibrahim | July 7, 2014
Goes on sale on 14 July from AU$479 for the base model.

Octa-core, 8MP camera

The CPU powering the Tab S is built on ARM's big.LITTLE architecture, which alternates between one powerful and another economical quad-core CPU. Less intensive tasks are managed by a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU, while intensive tasks like gaming are handled by the more powerful 1.9GHz CPU.

Samsung has coupled this processing power with 3GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of internal storage, a non-removable 7900 milliamp-hour battery and a 4G modem.

There's no room for sweeping statements on the performance of a tablet when we haven't used it for protracted period of time, but our brief time did inspire confidence in the Tab S' abilities.

Resting flush on the Tab S' posterior is an 8-megapixel camera that's fluent in Full HD recording and complemented by a single-LED flash. Taking photos on a screen with a resolution this rich highlights the image noise in a photo, but photos looks far less grainy when viewed on an ordinary Full HD monitor or television.

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We've seen better cameras on tablets, including Samsung's 12.2in NotePro and Sony's 10.1in Xperia Z2 Tablet, but this is a short compromise on a tablet this functional, light and practical.

Here are a few test snaps taken with the rear camera of things we found in our hotel room.

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A 2.1-megapixel front camera with a knack for Full HD videos can be used for videoconferencing over applications including Skype.

When can Samsung take my money?

Samsung's 10.5in and 8.4in Tab S will go on sale in Australia on 14 July. Variants offer include 4G capable and Wi-Fi only models available in 16/32GB variants. Pricing is as follows:

• Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4-inch Wi-Fi 16GB) - $479.00 RRP
• Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4-inch Wi-Fi + 4G 16GB) - $629.00 RRP
• Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4-inch Wi-Fi 32GB) - $579.00 RRP
• Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5-inch Wi-Fi 16GB) - $599.00 RRP
• Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5-inch Wi-Fi 32GB) - $699.00 RRP
• Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5-inch Wi-Fi + 4G 16GB) - $749.00 RRP

Tony Ibrahim was a guest of Samsung Australia.

 

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