It has been a while since Samsung announced a high-end tablet and its next model, the Galaxy Tab S2 could be the thinnest tablet yet at only 5.5mm. At the moment, that title is being held by the Dell Venue 8 7000 at 6.0mm and as comparison, the Galaxy S6 is currently 6.8mm thick.
According to serial leakster @OnLeaks, the Galaxy Tab S2 will have the dimensions of 237.17mm x 169.58mm x 5.5mm, which is more compact and thinner than the current Galaxy Tab S at 6.6mm. He also added that the new high-end tablet will have a Galaxy S6 inspired design, so you can probably expect a metal frame with glass both front and back.
In terms of specs, the Galaxy Tab S2 is likely to feature its current performance king Exynos Octa 7 processor as the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. For the display, similar to its Galaxy Tab A series, it would be having an iPad-like 4:3 display aspect ratio, which is the current trend adopted by newer Android tablets.
From what we can tell, the final version of the update won’t be too different in terms of features and improvements that the latest OS brings, inclusive of an updated UX with Material Design touches, lockscreen notifications and improved performance. Users in the US will be getting the update as a 930MB OTA package while other regions will have to wait for the OTA to show up, upgrade using Kies or download it and flash it manually.
We don’t know yet when we’ll be getting the update, but it shouldn’t be too long considering how fast Samsung is updating it’s device lineup.
Check out the video after the break.
The world doesn’t need another ridiculously thin phone but the idea of a thinner tablet is always welcomed. With the Galaxy S6 smart phone making its debut very soon, Samsung is about to release the successor of its flagship Galaxy Tab S tablet.
At 6.6mm, the Tab S is quite a remarkably thin device but it still thicker than other competitors like the Xperia Z2 Tablet (6.4mm) and Apple’s iPad Air 2 (6.1mm). For the next model which is dubbed as the Galaxy Tab S2, it is reported to be thinner than Apple’s wafer thin iPad.
We all know Samsung make smart phones and tablets in all shapes and sizes. For this coming Christmas season, they have created a short holiday tale that uses 74 different screens ranging from Gear smart watches to larger curved UHD TVs.
The video is quite epic as the main character jumps across the synchronised screens. No doubt such production requires a lot of coordination particularly the props and video playback for each screen. Some of the devices spotted include a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung Gear S and Samsung Galaxy Tab S.
Check out the actual video and making of it after the break.
If you’ve been using a tablet to make phone calls on a daily basis, you can step up to the new Galaxy Tab S 8.4 which is offered from as low as RM1,199. For this device, Maxis is bundling it with SurfMore plans which offers lower monthly commitment with its data-centric plan.
The bundled pricing are as follows and they are tied with 24 months contract.
SurfMore 30 – 1GB (RM30/month) – RM1,399
SurfMore 50 – 2GB (RM50/month) – RM1,199
Maxis is requiring an upfront payment of RM500 (SurfMore 50) or RM150 (SurfMore 30) during sign up, which will be refunded back to your bill across 5 months.
If you’re looking to buy a Quad HD tablet that’s ultra-thin, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4″ can be yours from as low as RM1,269 via U Mobile. As part of their Limited Time Merdeka Promo, they are also giving away a free exclusive tablet cover when you sign up on contract with their Unlimited 50 and Unlimited 80 Postpaid plan.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is priced at RM1,699 outright and it offers a stunning 8.4″ Super AMOLED display that does 2560×1600 pixels resolution. Powering the device is an Exynos 5 Octa-Core processor with 3GB of RAM and it boast a thickness of just 6.6mm.
Got a Quad HD smart phone but want to get higher quality content? Not to worry as YouTube has upped its maximum supported video quality to 1440p resolution allowing you to watch sharper videos on your mobile device provided you have the screen resolution to support it. We’ve updated our YouTube app and tried it with the Oppo Find 7 as you can see in the picture above, and it works great. If you have mobile device with a Full HD 1080p display, the highest resolution videos you can watch on YouTube will be 1080p.
Other Quad HD devices include the LG G3, Samsung Galaxy Tab S and the Galaxy NotePro 12.2. At 1440p resolution, beautifully produced videos are wonderful to look at but also note that 1440p videos will use up more data as well, which is something you have to be mindful of when watching high-res videos using mobile data quota. We strongly advise using WiFi for this visual indulgence.
At time of writing, the latest YouTube app (22.214.171.124) isn’t available for mobile users in Malaysia just yet but it is likely to be rolled out in stages so you’ll have it in your device soon. If you can’t wait, you can try downloading the latest YouTube APK file manually which is what we did on the Oppo Find 7.
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is officially available in Malaysia starting tomorrow, 11th July and they are giving additional RM500 rebates to the first 100 buyers at Samsung’s Experience Store at The Gardens Mall, KL and Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang. To redeem the rebate, you would need to do so through Samsung Galaxy Life, Samsung’s rewards app which can be downloaded for free over here. Take note that the app only supports Samsung Galaxy devices that are running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and above.
On top of that, Samsung is also running a 3 day Tab S Challenge Samsung Experience Stores at The Garden, MidValley and Gurney Paragon where buyers stand a chance to win extra gifts such as a 16GB USB OTG, a RM100 ZALORA voucher, a GALAXY Tab S Simple Cover and Boost Juice vouchers. The challenge is happening from 11:00AM to 12:00PM and 4:00PM to 5:00PM starting Friday tomorrow until Sunday.
Outright, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is priced at RM1,699 while its larger 10.5 model is priced at RM1,999. Apart from the screen size, both models are running on identical specs which includes an Exynos 5 Octa-Core processor (1.9GHz quad core + 1.3GHz quad core) with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Both devices are 4G LTE enabled and they are also capable of making phone calls and SMS.
The key differentiator is its Super AMOLED display which pushes an ultra-high resolution of 2560×1600 pixels resolution. The benefit of using Super AMOLED is having better colours, contrast and power efficiency with its Ultra Power Saving Mode. In terms of pixel density, the 8.4″ model pushes 359 ppi (pixels per inch) while the 10.5″ unit does 288 ppi which is still very high for a tablet. You can find out what we think of the new wafer thin device in our Galaxy Tab S hands-on video after the break.
For more information, you can check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab S event page on Facebook.
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This post is paid for by Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S with Super AMOLED display. Vision redefined.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S (both the 8.4in and 10.5in) has the best display of any tablet in the market right now thanks to its ultra-high resolution (2560×1600) Super AMOLED display that boasts amazing true-to-life colour reproduction, clarity and contrast.
But what does all this mean to you? How does it affect your viewing experience? How much better can a display get? And most importantly, does it really matter?
Samsung believes that the stunning display on the Galaxy Tab S delivers so much more than a pretty picture and they can prove it.
Can a better display alter your perception of reality? Watch the video after the break to find out.
Fresh from its global announcement 2 weeks ago, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S is finally launched in Malaysia. This is Samsung’s latest flagship tablet that uses Super AMOLED for its display. For the Malaysian market, we are having both 8.4″ and 10.5″ sizes and both of them are running on Exynos 5 Octa processor with the support for 4G LTE. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is priced at RM1,699 while its bigger 10.5 model is RM300 more at RM1,999.
The main highlight is its AMOLED display, which is the same display technology used in its high-end smart phone like the Samsung Galaxy S and Note series. It also marks Samsung’s return of producing AMOLED based tablets since its last model, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 2 years ago. The display boast better experience than conventional LCD displays as it offers better contrast and more vibrant colours which arguably some might find over saturated. On AMOLED displays, each individual pixel can be turn on or off for better power efficiency especially when viewing darker colours. This is more apparent when the display is showing true blacks which also makes it more power efficient than standard LCD panels. Like the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Tab S also has an Ultra Power Saving Mode where it turns the display to black and white to prolong battery usage.