Samsung has more tablets on the market than any other manufacturer on the planet. Not only has the company recently brought us the mid-range Tab 4 line, but we’ve also seen the Note, Note Pro, and Tab Pro offerings. Now, it looks like there's one more family of tablets that we can expect, and it’s something to get excited about.
The photo above, first published by SamMobile, purports to show Samsung’s upcoming 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S. While it doesn’t look like anything special at first glance, its display type would be unusual for a mobile device this size. The Galaxy Tab S will allegedly ship with an AMOLED display instead of the standard LCD that most tablets use, offering up ultra-rich colors that LCD displays just can’t achieve. A 8.4-inch variant of the Tab S is expected to launch as well.
Samsung's AMOLED displays, of course, can be found throughout the company's smartphone line-up. While they do offer great color and contrast, they also tend to be difficult to read in direct sunlight. That’s also the case for many current LCD tablets, but this particular lineup, if it comes to fruition, might be completely unviewable outdoors.
Design-wise, the Tab S portrayed in SamMobile's photos looks very similar to the Note Pro tablets. The rear side of the Tab S also shares the same look and feel found on the Galaxy S5, complete with matte perforations. It’s not winning any beauty pageants, nor is it ugly in anyway. It’s a very this-generation Samsung design.
Not only will the Tab S sport an AMOLED display, but the 10.5-inch version of the tablet is alleged to have a screen resolution of 2560x1600, which should be very easy on the eyes. Other rumored specs include an octa-core Exynos 5420 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera, IR blaster, built-in fingerprint scanner, and Android 4.4 KitKat.
There's been no word from Samsung on when the new tablet lineup will actually be announced, so pricing and availability are even farther off. Given the tablet’s AMOLED display and likely high-end spec sheet, it would be surprising to see the 10.5-inch Tab S land any cheaper than the Note Pro.