Samsung announces Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and 8.4 with QHD Super AMOLED displays


Samsung Galaxy Tab S event 1

During their live “Premier” event at Madison Square Garden in New York, Samsung has officially unveiled their new line of Galaxy tablets: the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. As you no doubt already figured out, the numbers designate their respective display sizes, coming in either 10.5-inch or 8.4-inch varieties.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S white

Following Samsung’s current Galaxy S5 design language, the tabs feature a perforated faux leather back and will come in either black or white colors choices. Before we go any further, here are the easily digestible specs in bullet list form, straight from the horse’s mouth:

  • 2560x1600p Super AMOLED display
  • Samsung Exynos 5420 SoC (WiFi model), or Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC (LTE model)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal storage with micro SD card expansion slot (up to 128GB)
  • 8MP rear and 2.1MP front facing cameras
  • 7,900mAh battery
  • Samsung’s Magazine UX software
  • Fingerprint scanner (supports up to 8 different users)
  • 6.6mm thin, 465g (10.5) or 294g (8.4)

One the software side of things, Samsung mentioned the tabs will feature a child-friendly “Kid mode” and connectivity with your Galaxy S5 that allows you to receive calls directly from the Tab S via a feature they’re calling “SideSync 3.0.” Samsung also announced partnerships with Netflix to bring full HD 1080p video streaming to the Tab S, along with Condé Nast for Vogue, GQ, Glamour, content, as well as National Geographic.

Marvel — who will include the Tab S in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie — also announced that they’d be giving away a free 3 month subscription to Marvel Unlimited, along with Google Play with their free 90-day trial to Google Play Music All Access and free copy of Gravity for Play Movies & TV.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 WiFi model will be available this July for $500, or $400 for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4, with pre-orders beginning June 13th. Samsung also announced accessories like their very own “Book Cover,” and the Logitech Type-S Bluetooth keyboard (pictured above for $99).

Our own Kevin Krause is reporting live from the show, so stay tuned for his hands-on to see the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.4 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.4 in action.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Nice tablets,no doubt.
    Watched 2 minutes of the event.
    Did Kevin lose a bet or something,having to attend?
    Infotainment/infomercials on the small screen are horrible at best,watching this live constitutes torture.

  2. More Sammy tabs?? didnt they release like 3 other ones a few months back?

  3. OMG, That’s so awesome!! New tablets from Samsung!!!
    -said NOBODY
    Really Samsung, Really!?!

    1. Aw, that’s precious..

      1. -said Gollum

  4. That Netflix partnership doesn’t make sense to me. Are you saying other devices *don’t* get 1080p streaming?

    1. Only some feature full 1080p streaming. You’ll know when you see a “SUPER HD” icon next to the video. Yeah, it’s no wonder consumers are confused when it comes to qHD, HD, full HD, QHD, and ultra HD. -_-

      1. ┻━┻ ︵ ヽ(`Д´)ノ ︵ ┻━┻

      2. Yet its so infuriatingly frustrating that Xbox consoles of all things do Netflix 1080P

        1. Xbox 1, xbox 360 maxes out at 720p

          1. Last time I checked my xbox one and 360 streams netflix and xbox videos at 1080p. My 65″ Samsung 4k Curved television even upscales it from there. My xbox one 1080p blu ray even shows very well. How does it max out at 720p exactly? Were you kidding?

          2. That was true as of 1-2 years ago, no idea about today.

          3. Netflix maxes out at 720p(non super-hd) on xbox 360. Here is the article straight from netflix’s website. Upscaling does absolutely nothing to improve the bitrate or original pixels being pushed, at best it smoothes out some rough edges from watching lower quality streams. Xbox videos can play at full 1080p, just not netflix. xbox one does everything in 1080p as far as I know. I’m not sure why my comment before is missing part of it.

          4. I can’t see your link for some reason but I will tell you from experience that upscaling does indeed provide a noticeable difference in quality at least on this new tv of mine. I will admit that it has been awhile since I used my xbox 360 but I will have to check this out. My xbox one does however stream 1080p without a doubt. My confusion came from the comment, “Xbox 1, xbox 360 maxes out at 720p”. I was left with the impression that you were saying both consoles maxed out. The Netflix app from the smart hub of my tv can actually stream in UHD (4k) and 3d. Although the UHD is limited to House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, and a few sample videos, there is a designated category for these videos. I hear theses features will be coming to consoles in future updates.


      3. Netflix makes it even more confusing since they actually have 3 levels of 1080p bitrates and only the top 2 are considered super hd, even though you need super hd device and isp support(not throttled) to get any 1080p streams. You rarely see the slowest of the 3, since its pretty close in bandwidth requirements to the middle one of the 1080p codecs.

  5. Samsung makes tablets too?

  6. Pretty awesome except…the gold/bronze trim. Unfortunately that’s a deal breaker.

  7. Why keep using gold SAMSUNG? such a ugly color on a beautiful tablet.

  8. So it’s my Note 2014 with a new, slightly larger and better screen. Meh.

    1. Nope… No Pen support. Note 2014 is better in my book

  9. Man, didn’t think their would be so much negativity towards Samsung lol. They certainly are known for charging a lot for mediocre specd tablets (aside from the Note line) but this sounds like the Tabs they should have been making. My Tab 2 is still running very well thx to the development support it still carries. Would definitely like one of these. May get one… a year or 2 or when my current Tab gives out.

  10. The hardware looks nice but the software sounds hideous, Samsung bloatware all over it! No thanks.

  11. A small portion of people on this site are Samsung haters meanwhile in the real world Samsung products are ultra popular, get excellent reviews and are the top selling Android phones, phablets, and tablets. The Samsung hate here is absolutely ridiculous!!!

  12. A Google Play edition of the 8.4 inch would be amazing.

    1. Oh yeah!!

  13. Maybe I can shed some light on some of the negative Samsung comments.

    Many (including myself) feel like Samsung is actually releasing TOO MANY tablets. It seems like they have a new line of tablets every 2-3 months. Didn’t they just announce the Pro line of tablets?

    I’m not sure about anyone else, but I feel like they are diluting the value of their tablets by having so many variants. In the end, I think it will confuse and frustrate potential customers who may not have solid knowledge of the subtle differences in the various tablet lines. This could lead to them just buying an iPad because they don’t have to think about specs and features.

    Do they make quality products? I think so. I’m not too keen on the look of their devices and feel that their entire fleet of devices could use a fresh design, but I still think that their devices work well and are quality (even if they don’t FEEL like quality in the hand, they do tend to hold up to quite a bit of abuse).

  14. You say $299 in the hands on video and this sags 400 for 8.4. Which is it!!

  15. Excellent specs, if the OLED display is calibrated anything like the GS5 this should look outstanding. I could be finally in the tablet market for a 8.4″ Google Play Edition if it happens (not buying a touchwiz device).

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