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3 reasons why Galaxy Tab S is the perfect competitor to iPad Air 2

June 17, 2014 by Omar Sohail

The company behind the Galaxy S5, has finally revealed its flagship tablet; the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. The Galaxy Tab S comes in two dimensional variants; a 10.5 inch and an 8.4 inch variant. The only difference between the two tablets happens to be the total battery capacity and of course the price. Most importantly though, another reason why Samsung released these mobile performance devices is because Apple is all set to launch its flagship tablet, dubbed the iPad Air 2. Seeing as how sleek, efficient and powerful the first iPad Air was, you can only imagine how powerful the iPad Air 2 is going to be, which has already prompted Samsung to produce these powerful tablets with no expensive spared on their performance, functionality and navigation. Here are three reasons why the Samsung Galaxy Tab S is the perfect competitor for Apple’s upcoming iPad Air 2.

1.  The ‘beyond high definition’ display

The ‘Beyond High Definition’ Display

If the iPad Air was packing a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution in a 9.7 screen package, you can assure that Apple’s upcoming flagship tablet will be loaded with a much higher resolution than its predecessor. Perhaps this is exactly the reason why Samsung has decided to incorporate both of its tablets with a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution. In addition, it is not just the ‘beyond high definition’ resolution that becomes a perk once you end up purchasing the tablet; it is also the features connected to the display. Both tablets feature Samsung’s new Adaptive Display mode that adjusts the tint of the display based on the color of ambient light of your surroundings. This will put less strain on the user’s eyes and conserve battery life. Given below are the dimensions of the Galaxy S Tab variants along with Apple’s iPad Air.

Dimensions Of The Galaxy S Tab Variants Along With Apple’S Ipad Air

Looks like Apple’s iPad Air is not the only lightest and thinnest tablet available in the world right now. All that might change with the iPad Air 2, but for now, the Galaxy Tab S variants have usurped the crown from the iPad Air.

2. The internal specifications

Both Galaxy Tab S and iPad Air 2 will come in two chipset variants:

  • Exynos 5 Octa (4 x Cortex A15 1.9 GHz + 4 x Cortex A7 1.3 GHz)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz

Samsung did not give out any word as to why the company did not include the more powerful of the two aforementioned chipsets; the Snapdragon 801, but irrespective of that fact, these two chipsets will be more than enough to duke it out with Apple’s upcoming iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 will feature an A8 processor, which is far more powerful and efficient, compared to the A7 processor. The advantage of Apple’s processors is that both processors are 64 bit capable, which means that the iOS operating system and applications will be properly optimized to take full advantage of the A8’s processing power. Currently, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 is the company’s first-ever chipset to feature a 64 bit processor but unfortunately, neither this nor the Snapdragon 801 will be present in the Android tablets. However, there are other perks of owning a Galaxy Tab S; such as the inclusion of Qualcomm’s MSM8974v3 integrated LTE modem.

Thanks to the LTE modem, users will be able to make cheap international calls using apps from the devices themselves. In addition, both devices will possess 3 GB of memory to help users multitask across the device. Another great thing about the tablets is a microSD card to fulfill your expandable storage needs. When on the subject of wireless connectivity, the 802.11 ac wireless standard has started to become a mainstream standard and both Galaxy Tab S variants possess components that support this standard and that only means smoother internet browsing and video streaming on your tablets. Given below is a table of all the technical specifications of the Galaxy Tab S, for your convenience.

Technical Specifications Of The Galaxy Tab S

The iPad Air currently only supports the 802.11 n wireless standard so there is a high probability that the iPad Air 2 will feature components that will support the 802.11 ac wireless standard.

3. The battery capacity and of course the price

Rendering such an enormous resolution is going to require a lot of processing horsepower and a large amount of processing power is going to chew up battery life in mere hours. This is where Samsung’s strategic product acumen should be commended for because they have managed to incorporate large battery capacities in both of its Galaxy Tab S. Given below are the battery levels and the price of the Galaxy Tab S.

Battery Levels And The Price Of The Galaxy Tab S

The only surprising thing in the above table happens to be the huge difference in the battery level of the 10.5 and the 8.4 inch dimensional variants. However, after seeing that there is a huge difference between the prices of both tablets, that large difference is warranted. Currently, the cheapest iPad Air model has a price tag of $499 and features 16 GB of internal storage with no option of expanding your storage (something that Apple has remained immutable with all of its iOS devices so far) options. The iPad Air 2 will most probably have the same price tag; the only difference being that it will be stuffed with far more goodies than its predecessor.

Perhaps the only complaint from potential buyers of this tablet would be to incorporate the use of a previous generation chipset. However, you should keep in mind that after the Galaxy S4 was launched (the regular version), another advanced version which featured the Snapdragon 800 chipset (at that time, the chipset was recently launched) was released. Perhaps Samsung also has plans to release the Snapdragon 801 chipset variants and if we are really lucky, the Snapdragon 805. Nevertheless, the Galaxy Tab S is an impressive mobile device which will most certainly be able to provide a strong resistance against Apple’s upcoming offering.

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