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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 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S.
The 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S.

Whether this is enough to compete with the likes of Lenovo's recently-unveiled Windows 8.1-based business tablet, the ThinkPad 10, for example, is a different matter altogether.

Both the 8.4- and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S models employ a 2560x1600-pixel resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. While the larger device offers an already-impressive 287.51 pixel-per-inch (ppi) density, the smaller version impresses with a huge 359.39 ppi count. But it is not all about pixels; after all, Samsung already delivered the same resolution with its aforementioned tablets.

The Galaxy Tab S's key drawcard is the Super AMOLED technology; it provides unfiltered light for more accurate colours, and has the ability to turn off pixels in order to produce true blacks. Samsung said the Super AMOLED display allows tablet to cover 90 per cent of Adobe's RGB colour spectrum, a 20 per cent increase on previous devices.

Gledhill said the screen-focused Galaxy Tab S allows partners to target verticals which place particular emphasis on image quality, including healthcare companies which rely on critical colour-based content during operations, and designers for obvious reasons.

Add to that the Samsung's Adaptive Display Technology and the claim of a 40 per cent reduction in light reflectivity over an LCD screen, and the Galaxy Tab S can cater for outdoor deployments which involve spreadsheets and template work; whether it is useful for delivering predominately dark images in direct sunlight is a different matter.

The 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab S.
The 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab S.

Despite its features, the Galaxy Tab S is not a breadwinner on its own. As is becoming more and more the case with mobility hardware, the product relies on the expertise of resellers to become a meaningful venture.

"When you want to put a tablet like this into a corporate network, there is a lot of integration required, such as ensuring security is set up for all VPNs," Gledhill said.

"That's where our systems integrators (SIs) can help deliver the product as part of a solution. That's where partners will make additional revenues and margins on top of the device."

The Galaxy Tab S goes on sale in Australia on July 14, priced as follows: - 8.4-inch — 16GB, Wi-Fi only - $479 - 8.4-inch — 16GB, Wi-Fi and 4G compatibility - $629 - 8.4-inch — 32GB, Wi-Fi only - $579 - 10.5-inch — 16GB, Wi-Fi only - $599 - 10.5-inch — 16GB, Wi-Fi and 4G compatibility - $749 - 10.5-inch — 32GB, Wi-Fi only - $699

A hands-on review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S can be found here.


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