Samsung Galaxy Tab S with AMOLED touchscreen and fingerprint sensor coming, specs get detailed
Samsung loves using AMOLED touchscreens for its smartphones, as you may know. All of the company’s flagship offerings have had displays with that particular technology, but the situation has been very different when it comes to tablets.
In September 2011, the Korean company launched what has so far been its one and only tablet to come with an AMOLED screen, the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Since then, we’ve only had constantly recurring rumors that a new AMOLED tablet is coming, but that hasn’t happened yet.
However, it looks like 2014 will in fact be the year when Samsung will finally bring back AMOLED displays for tablets. This was said last month with regard to a 10.5-inch device, but apparently there will be another AMOLED-touting offering in Samsung’s tablet portfolio.
The two will be called Galaxy Tab S, to differentiate them from the ‘vanilla’ Galaxy Tab line (lower-midrange), as well as from the Galaxy Tab Pro tablets (high-end, but with LCD screens). We’ll get an 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab S alongside the 10.5″ device.
Both will come with a screen resolution of 2,560×1,600, marking the first time an AMOLED panel had such a high resolution. This amount of pixels matches that seen in the Tab Pro (and Note Pro) line, so you can imagine that the rest of the specs will be top notch too.
The Galaxy Tab S tablets are said to each sport an octa-core Samsung Exynos 5420 processor with 4 ARM Cortex-A15 cores clocked at up to 1.9 GHz and 4 ARM Cortex-A7 cores clocked at up to 1.3 GHz, a 6-core Mali T628 GPU with 533 MHz clock speed, 3 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera with 1080p Full HD video recording, a 2.1 MP front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS, an IR blaster, and the same fingerprint scanner as seen in the Galaxy S5 smartphone.
The fingerprint sensor will be embedded in the Home button, and it will allow you to unlock the tablets, pay for stuff using PayPal, login to Samsung apps, create private folders, and, in an extension of Google’s multi-user support built into Android for tablets, you’ll be able to assign fingerprints to each user. So when a particular user swipes the sensor, he or she will be automatically taken to his or her account, home screen, and so on.
In terms of design, you should expect back covers with a pattern reminiscent of that first seen on the Galaxy S5, while the general form factor of the tablets will resemble that of the Tab 4 devices that were recently unveiled – with much slimmer bezels, though. The Galaxy Tab S tablets will be offered in Shimmer White and Titanium Grey.
The new tablets will obviously run Android 4.4 KitKat, though it’s unclear if Samsung’s Magazine UX will be there too. This time around, Samsung will skip releasing 3G-only versions of the tablets, so we’ll only have Wi-Fi-only or Wi-Fi+4G LTE models. Interestingly, Samsung won’t use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors for the 4G variants, instead pairing its own Exynos chipset with Intel-made LTE modems.