Hands-on with Samsung's Galaxy Tab S (pictures)

Samsung's latest tablet retains much of the same design as its siblings. But, it packs a powerful punch with new features and technologies. Here's what it looks like.
Topic: Mobility
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Meet Samsung's flagship Android tablet of 2014

Samsung's latest flagship tablet has a stunning and dazzling display, packed with new features -- including Android 4.4 "KitKat," and a bevy of enterprise-focused features that will not only wow the consumer but also the business customer.

Some of the highlights include a light, thin design with a super-AMOLED display, sporting a 2560 x 1600 resolution. It's powered by a Exynos S Octa Processor (1.9 GHz quad + 1.3 GHz quad for the graphics), and has 3GB of RAM included.

It also lands with a range of accessories, including a book cover, a simple cover, and a keyboard cover.

It will be available for purchase in July.

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Lighter and thinner than Apple's rival tablets

The Galaxy Tab S is just a few milimeters in depth, about the thickness of five credit cards. It's also featherweight, with the smaller 8.4-inch version weighing just 10 ounces, so you can easily pick it up with your thumb and index finger.

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Expandable memory, micro-USB port for connectivity

Both the 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch version arrive with micro-USB connectivity. And, if 16GB internal storage isn't enough, the expandable micro-SD slot allows for up to 128GB removable storage.

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Two colors available

There are two colors available: Titanium Bronze and Dazzling White. Dubbed as its flagship tablet of the year, the smaller 8.4-inch tablet will cost $399 and the 10.5-inch tablet will cost $499.

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Super AMOLED display

The 2560 x 1600 resolution display is the flagship feature of this tablet. Sporting enough pixels to double the high-definition standard, it has up to 100,000-1 contrast ratio, allowing for deep black levels and richer colors than standard definition displays.

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Up close, the resolution is stunning

Especially when watching high-definition video, the quality, responsiveness, and sharpness of the display is unparalleled to anything else on the market -- at least yet. It's extremely crisp and can run high-definition video content flawlessly.

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The picture and video quality is astounding

In some cases, it's like watching something in real life. The retina struggles at times to differentiate between the real-life scene because of the high pixel density.

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A "selfie-compatible" front-facing camera

The front-facing camera is 2.1 megapixels, allowing for sharp video calling and strong (compared to rivals) selfie-mode. It also lands with Android 4.4 "KitKat," which has the latest features and software, including Knox for the enterprise.

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Fingerprint scanner included

As with the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Korean electronics giant has ported the fingerprint scanner to the highly-anticipated tablet. Swipe down and it will allow the user access to the device. It also opens up apps and other services, like mobile payments.

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Rear-camera is strong but nothing spectacular

The rear-camera is 8-megapixels and has a flash to accompany it. It's not the strongest of cameras, but it displays high-resolution photos on the super-AMOLED display. From the eye-level, it's difficult to distinguish between an iPhone and the tablet's camera. And it's not clear if the display's benefits makes the photos simply look better.

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