For a long time, Samsung has provided a single range of tablets, different models of the Galaxy Tab range by adding them on the go for superior stylus products from Galaxy Note range. In the last six months, the company decided to use the same strategy of flooding the market that brought success in the world of mobile phones and announced no less than three new ranges: Tab Galaxy Pro, Galaxy NotePro and, recently, the new AMOLED wide-screen called Galaxy Tab S.
Construction, design and ergonomics
When it comes to design, Samsung proves conservatism and lack of courage, and this attitude has already drawn enough criticism to not dwell on the subject. The new tablet Galaxy Tab 10.5 S is no exception, it assumed many of the already known design elements, but the company Samsung has worked some more on details and we booked a few pleasant surprises.
At first glance, the front is identical to that used by Samsung for tablets launched in the past two years. It took over the design with rounded corners but less prominent which debuted with the Galaxy Note 10.1 in 2014, and the group of buttons Home, Back, and Recent Apps uses Android 4.0 standard template, Samsung abandoned the Menu button on the Galaxy Tab or Galaxy Pro NotePro.
Compared to previous models, Galaxy S Tab 10.5 uses a screen but with a narrower visible frame. A new detail is the fingerprint sensor which was placed on the Home button, taking over the Galaxy Tab 10.5 S authentication technology that has been implemented in the Samsung Galaxy S 5.
Most of the details are present on the frame side. On the left, the tablet features a 3.5 mm audio connector, while the right side offers MicroSD slot and MicroUSB 2.0 connector. At the top are placed tiny buttons for Power/Lock, Volume Up, Volume Down and Infrared mode.
Screen, Hardware and Specs
So far, Samsung has released a single tablet with AMOLED screen, but the Galaxy Tab 7.7 model was too expensive and did not attract buyers, which prompted South Korean and those willing to imitate to abandon the idea of using such a screen. But time passed, technology improved and the production costs decreased, and those from Samsung have decided to implement the new AMOLED screen on a tablet.
Galaxy S5 has provided excellent AMOLED screen and the Galaxy Tab 10.5 S trample them directly on the tracks. With a diagonal of 10.5" and a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, the screen has a very good density of 288 ppi. In addition, the panel uses the excellent arrangement of S-Stripe RGB subpixels, which we have met on the Galaxy Note II, S4 and Galaxy Mini. This technical solution eliminates many of the problems claimed on PenTile arrangements and closest to the actual RGB matrix.
Like all other AMOLED screens, the Galaxy Tab 10.5 S offers a perfect black level, good viewing angles and a virtually infinite contrast, raising it with good maximum brightness. Just like Galaxy S5, Galaxy tab S 10.5 provides a calibration adjustment of the adaptive change of operating parameters depending on the type of displayed content. In this case, Samsung has implemented three color profiles: Normal, Photo and Cinema. The first provides natural colors similar to those displayed by a good IPS screen, while the following two gives the classic image growing strongly on saturated colors. Bright visibility is good, but oleophobic treatment is not very great.
Like other recent tablets from Samsung, Galaxy S Tab 10.5 is based on Exynos 5420 processor. As part of the second generation Exynos 5 Octa, it uses an architecture supporting big.LITTLE HMP and offers 4 cores ARM Cortex-A7 with a maximum frequency of 1.3 GHz, 4 cores ARM Cortex-A15 with a maximum frequency of 1.9 GHz and an ARM Mali-T628 MP6 graphics interface.
- Display: 10.5" Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1600 pixels
- Chipset: Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (Exynos 5420)
- GPU: ARM Mali-T628 MP6
- CPU: ARM Cortex-A15 big.LITTLE with 1.9 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 1.3 GHz quad-core
- RAM: 3 GB
- Camera: 8 MP
- Front camera: 2.1 MP
- Dimensions: 247.3x177.3x6.6 mm
- Battery: 7900 mAh
- Weight: 465 grams
After excellent screen or slim and light case, the third chapter where the new tablet Samsung manages to shine is their autonomy. The test browsing for Galaxy Tab 10.5 S has proven to be one of the best models in its class of powerful tablets with this screen resolution: the tablet was only passed by the Apple iPad Air.