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Samsung hopes size, software, screen will make Galaxy Tab S relevant to businesses

Nermin Bajric | July 7, 2014
Vendor's new flagship tablet is a consumer device, but has features for the enterprise.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets on display at the Australian launch. The bottom-left is 10.5 inches in size, while the other two are 8.4-inch units.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S is a consumer-grade tablet which goes toe-to-toe with Apple's iPad and iPad mini; enterprises would not be mistaken to opt for the vendor's Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) and Galaxy NotePro 12.2 as a corporate mobility solution.

But nonetheless, Samsung is not wavering the business-to-business (B2B) opportunity presented by its soon-to-be-released flagship, and is relying on the product's form factors, screen and software to drive enterprise sales.

The Galaxy Tab S has been built in 8.4- and 10.5-inch variants. Samsung Electronics Australia enterprise and SMB business solutions vice-president, Craig Gledhill, said the introduction of two form factors will boost resellers' potential market reach by offering customers the more suitable screen size for specific vertical applications.

In particular, he expects the inclusion of a smaller flagship to generate interest from the likes of services and logistics organisations in which a single-hand form factor allows for standing documentation and management.

For security, Samsung has built the Galaxy Tab S with the same (not-always-reliable) fingerprint scanner first seen in the Galaxy S5 smartphone. The big differentiator here is that the tablet supports up to eight user profiles.

The 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab S in
The 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab S in "titanium bronze" and "dazzling white".

"If a workgroup wants to use one product, we can load up eight images which makes it more acceptable in industries where a device is related to a role, not an individual," Gledhill said.

The Galaxy Tab S also supports Samsung for Enterprise (SAFE). SAFE is an enterprise software suite which offers encryption to the 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync data access, and remote application management.

It also comes preloaded with Knox, Samsung's Android security platform which protects corporate data at the hardware and application layers using Trusted Boot and TrustZone-based Integrity Measurement Architecture (TIMA). Uptake of Knox remains slow as the platform continues to undergo key trials with undisclosed organisations, although Samsung expects its deployment to accelerate once these reach completion.

The Galaxy Tab S model operates on an Exynos 5 Octa processor (1.9GHz quad-core and 1.3GHz quad-core) and 3GB of RAM, running Google's Android 4.4 Kit Kat operating system. As always, Samsung's TouchWiz software sits on top of Android, offering a range of borderline-bloatware apps which can often prove most useful when disabled.

Nonetheless, Samsung has taken the liberty of including two particularly useful features first introduced by the Galaxy S5: Ultra Power Saving Mode (which switches the device's screen to black and white and shuts down all but six apps) and Download Booster (which simultaneously uses up to Wi-Fi 802.11ac and cellular 4G for higher download speeds).


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