Dallas – Samsung announced June 27 availability of the Wi-Fi version of the previously announced Galaxy Tab S, the industry’s first tablet with Super AMOLED display.
The Wi-Fi version of the Tab S 8.4 at $399 and the Tab S 10.5 at $499 will be available in white and titanium bronze on June 27 through Samsung.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Sears and other retailers. The Tab S has been available for pre-order since June 13.
Best Buy is the only retailer offering sneak peeks of the devices at brick-and-mortar stores. They’re on display at select Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy stores, Samsung noted.
Later this year, LTE-equipped versions of the Galaxy Tab S will be available through carriers. Sprint will offer the 10.5 with Sprint Spark LTE, T-Mobile will offer the 10.5, and Verizon Wireless will offer the 10.5 and 8.4 AT&T will also offer the tablet but hasn’t disclosed which sizes.
The tablets’ high-definition Super AMOLED displays are touted for deep contrast, high brightness, wide color range, and color accuracy for HD-viewing video. Because of their Super AMOLED display technology, the two tablets are also the company’s thinnest tablets at 6.6mm in depth, and they’re Samsung’s lightest at 16.4 and 10.4 ounces, respectively.
They are also the company’s first tablets with a fingerprint scanner for security, enabling users to secure individual files. A fingerprint-scanning multiuser mode lets up to eight people share a tablet, each with their own homes screens and preferred apps displayed on the screens.
Other key features include seamless computer-to-smartphone and tablet-to-computer connectivity via Side Sync 3.0 technology. It enables consumers to receive and place calls on the tablets via a Wi-Fi-connected Galaxy S5 smartphone in another room, send SMS and MMS messages from the tablet through the phone, and view caller ID information on the tablet when a call comes in to the phone. Samsung is the only tablet manufacturer to support voice calls on tablets, the company said.