Historically, it seems that Samsung has always reserved the ?S? moniker for its line of flagship models. For several years the company has been using it for their smartphones alone, never allowing their array of Galaxy Tab devices flaunt the S coolness. Come Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 ? the South Korean giant might finally realize that this new device rightfully deserves the company?s premier branding.
Samsung showcased the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 in a special event on June 12 held in New York. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 was unveiled along with it. If you?re guessing what those numbers at the end of their names mean, you guessed it right ? they correspond to the tablet models? screen size.
For many tech observers, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is a really worthy rival to Apple?s celebrated iPad Air, given its impressive specs. So here, we decided to put those assumptions into perspective by providing a spec comparison to guide consumers in deciding which one is better for them.
Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs iPad Air – Display
The iPad Air?s Retina Display is incredibly crisp with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 packed within a 9.7 ?inch, ?LED-backlit IPS panel, resulting in a 264 pixel per inch (ppi) density. Though those are already impressive, Samsung may have won the pixels war through a thin margin. Apple?s main rival has managed to stuff a 2560 x 1600, WQXGA display into a 10.5-inch, Super AMOLED display for the Galaxy Tab S 10.5. This model offers a contrast ratio of 100,000:1, and a 90% Adobe RGB color average.
Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs iPad Air – Design
Apple has always put a huge emphasis on their devices? design and feel. That principle was not forgotten with their new iPad Air model. The device has a spectacular, thin, and sophisticated look coming in with a 7.5 mm width. However, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is actually slimmer at 6.6 mm. But according to most gadget enthusiasts, the Samsung model?s plastic back casing, having the same dimpled form as the Galaxy S5, made it lose the elegant design battle. Apple?s iPad Air exudes much more class and style with its aluminum back that helps it look more premium and up-market.
Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs iPad Air – Processor, Hardware
The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 boasts of an exceedingly fast Exynos 5 Octa processor clocked at 1.9 GHz. In some regions, that may be replaced with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor ? but this version runs at 2.3 GHz. Both have 3 GB worth of RAM to power them. Meanwhile, the iPad Air only has 1 GB RAM, but it?s driven by Apple?s renowned, home-grown A7 chip microprocessor. Apple?s model doesn?t have their flagship iPhones? TouchID fingerprint sensor, so it?s definitely a win for buyers of the Galaxy Tab S given its built-in fingerprint scanner as well as its infrared blaster.
Galaxy Tab S 10.5 vs iPad Air – Price
In a manner that is rarely seen with Samsung?s offerings, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is actually pricier than its rival iPad Air. The latter?s price range starts at $ 466 in Amazon, while the lowest price we found for the former is $ 499 ? these prices at both for their 16 GB, Wi-Fi only model.
For a quick specs glance, here is a list compiled by PCmag.com: